Colorado Rafting

The very word ‘whitewater’ is an adrenaline rush for some people and total intimidation for others. Thankfully, rivers in Colorado cater to everyone, offering adventures from mild to wild. Rivers are rated from Class I–V. Families and beginners usually choose Class I, which offers leisurely float trips with spectacular scenic views at every bend of the wide-open rivers. Class V gives you an exciting ride for your money. Your guide will thread your raft through narrow canyons for hold-tight, mind-clearing plunges for whitewater junkies. Classes II-IV are in-between.

Be prepared to get soaking wet! Even if you’re on a gentle float trip, splashing comes with the territory. So, try to wear quick-drying fabrics and also bring a change of clothing for the return bus trip. Your driver will shepherd your belongings. (Many outfitters rent wet suits and wet shoes—a good idea if your trip is in late spring’s icy waters.) Because of rafting’s popularity, reservations are highly recommended.

Choosing an established rafting company is important. The Colorado River Outfitters Association can provide you with a list of companies staffed by certified, experienced professionals. Choose from half-, full- or multi-day trips that generally include bus transportation to the put-in and take-out point on your river journey... and get ready to have fun!

Questions to ask:

  1. Are you planning a half-day, full-day, or multi-day trip?
  2. Minimum age or height requirements?
  3. Can the outfitter accommodate special needs or large groups?
  4. What is included in the price of the trip?