Whitewater Rafting in Colorado

If you love whitewater rafting, you’ll find no place better to test your skills than in Colorado. The state is the site of some of the most thrilling whitewater rafting opportunities around, and the Arkansas River is the location of a number of these whitewater rafting sites. In addition, there are a number of different companies that will help you to book your rafting adventure and assist you in renting equipment. Some of these companies even offer lessons for those just beginning their whitewater rafting adventures, while others offer packages that are designed for whitewater rafting experts.

Of course, all of these companies operate on the principle of safety first. Every whitewater rafting coach you can work with is trained to teach you how to properly raft down each river. They make certain each rafter has a life vest and other safety equipment, and is trained in what to do if the raft capsizes. Coaches and other staff are also trained in first aid, CPR, and other medical skills. If you own your own raft or kayak, you’re more than welcome to bring them. However, if you don’t, you can rent a raft or kayak from almost all of the whitewater rafting companies. These rafts may be small, with enough space for four people, or large, with seats for eight or more.

If you’ve never been rafting before, don’t worry – whitewater rafting trips for families and first-time rafters are available. Beginner’s trips usually last about a half a day, although a full-day family adventure and even some overnight whitewater rafting excursions are available. Shorter trips are recommended for those with small children, as the children may become bored sitting in a raft all day.

Expert rafters, of course, will find many rapids and other challenging sections on the Arkansas and other rivers found in Colorado. Many of these expert excursions last an entire day, if not more. You can raft on the wild Cache la Poudre River, take a trip down the Colorado River, or challenge the rapids of Clear Creek. The Royal Gorge region – one of the most popular spots amongst expert rafters – offers some incredible sites and scenery to accompany your trip.

If you choose to book a multi-day trip package, you can find one that includes everything you need to set up camp, cook dinner over an open flame, and get a good’s night sleep under the stars. Back at your base camp, you’ll usually find a number of permanent cottages and bunks, showers, piers for fishing, and more. Activities are often scheduled in the evening after you’ve returned from your day of rafting. In a way, these longer trips can be like summer camp for adults and teens!

On a final note, special whitewater rafting tours exist for photographers and photojournalists that are focused on snapping pictures of the rivers, the wildlife, and the scenery throughout the trip. Because photographers will have expensive equipment with them, these rafting routes tend to be chosen for the smoothness of the ride and the best photogenic locations, so experts may find them somewhat boring.

All in all, no matter what level of rafter you are, you’ll find a great whitewater rafting experience in Colorado. For more information on how to set up your trip, search online travel sites like Expedia.com or Travelocity.com for discount packages, or ask your friends, family members or fellow rafting buddies for their recommendations on how to book the best whitewater rafting vacation in Colorado.