Kokopelli Packraft was founded out of a garage in Denver, Colorado. Our Vision is to create the opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts to explore nature in its most serene settings. We set to accomplish this by developing a line of high quality packrafts through extensive research and development and by listening to our customers wants and needs. Additionally, we serve as a resource for learning how to use your packraft, finding packrafting trips in your area, and learning about the equipment and techniques that will keep you safe out on the water.

Our company was founded on the single principle of innovation. In the early years this meant we were solely focused on innovating our packrafts. As we expanded this has grown into a focus of innovating the sport through three foundational pillars, Performance, Education, and Community. Performance represents the continual development of high end packrafts made out of cutting edge materials with design and user experience as our primary focus. We seek to grow the sport responsibly through proper education and safety training through our own means as well as with affiliated parters. Finally, we understand that packrafting is a special sport and every packrafter out there has something uniquely in common. We build relationships through opportunities paddling with our fellow packrafters as well as engaging with our followers off the water whether its joining together to help promote a good cause or grabbing a brew at the local pub. 

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Kelley Smith is a Co-Founder at Kokopelli Packraft and has always had a love for the outdoors. As a child, Kelley enjoyed the outdoors on most family vacations to many national parks and national forests in the Great Southwest. He enjoyed multiple 50 mile backpacking and canoe trips as he climbed his way to the rank of Eagle Scout. Kelley can be found on local creeks and rivers during high runoff and climbing mountains during the offseason. His latest adventure entailed a 714 mile self-supported bike-packing/packrafting trek through the state of South Dakota. Kelley currently resides in Denver, CO.

 

Alan Cummings is a Co-Founder at Kokopelli Packraft and is an all-around outdoorsman and gear freak. Alan was introduced to water sports when he purchased his first hard-shell kayak while attending the University of Arizona in Tuscon, AZ. After moving back to Colorado, Alan found the sport of packrafting and immediately took to it. Alan has packrafted multi-day trips on the Animas, San Juan, Gunnison, Arkansas, Upper Salt, Rogue, Green, Rio Grande, and Colorado Rivers as well as paddled numerous local creeks and lakes in the Greater Denver area all on his self-bailing packraft. Alan spends his winters snowboarding at local ski resorts, with occasional trips to his favorite ski operation, Silverton Mountain.

Nick Rubino is a Co-Founder at Kokopelli Packraft and has been an outdoor enthusiast since his early childhood. Growing up in Southwest Colorado he had plenty of opportunity for exploring and adventure seeking. Living just outside of Mesa Verde National Park, Nick enjoyed weekends hiking in and out of the park exploring Native American archeological sites. He also participated in multiple 50 mile backpacking and canoe trips with the local Boy Scout troop. He now resides in Fort Collins, CO where he enjoys his weekends running stretches of local rivers and exploring outdoor activities on the front range of Colorado.