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Colorado Whitewater Rafting


Who can go on a raft trip?

We have a trip suitable for all ability levels. Our whitewater raft guides will provide a safety speech and self rescue demonstration prior to each trip. Participants must be able to understand and follow instructions given by guides. Participants must be able to fit into our life jackets and be in good health. If you are pregnant, have a history of heart trouble or other medical concerns please consult your doctor before participating. As with any outdoor adventure experience some inherent risk is involved. You will need to sign an Assumption of Risk Waiver prior to your trip.

We will not allow persons impaired by alcohol or drugs to participate in any of our trips. No refund will be made.

When is the best time of season to go rafting?

We start our season in mid April and run trips until September and even October. The best time to go rafting is June thru August.

What is the water temperature?

The water temperature varies as the snow melts. The average temperature ranges from 48°F to 65°F.

How do you rate the difficulty of the rapids?

Colorado has a standard rating for whitewater rapids. These vary depending on fluctuating water levels.
Class I – Easy. No significant waves or obstacles.
Class II – Novice. Playful riffles, regular waves, clear passages and wide channels.
Class III – Intermediate. Moderately difficult rapids with larger irregular waves, narrow channels. Avoidance of obstacles is required.
Class IV – Difficult. Intense, powerful rapids requiring precise maneuvering, in turbulent waters.
Class V – Extremely difficult. Continuous rapids. Large, waves and holes with steep gradient.

Which raft trip is best for us?

We offer a variety of trips from mild to wild. Class I/II rapids are great for families with young children or those who want a more relaxing time on the river. Class II/III trips are perfect for those looking for some action and some relaxation. Class III/IV are for true adventure seekers. Our staff is skilled at helping you choose the best river adventure.

How safe is it?

Safety is our number one concern! We use only the highest quality equipment and our staff is fully trained to Colorado State standards including CPR and First Aid. As with any outdoor adventure experience, some inherent risk is involved.

What should I wear and bring?

A swimsuit or lightweight shorts and shirt work best. Avoid cotton! For your safety, bare feet and flip flops are not allowed. Footwear must tie or strap securely on the heels of your feet. We have wetsuits and neoprene booties available for rent. We also suggest a hat, sunglasses with a cord, sunscreen, and water. Please leave your towels and change of clothes in your car for after the trip.

Can I bring my camera?

Since we can’t retrieve cameras dropped in the river, we have hired professional photographers to record your memories. They will capture the expression on your kid’s face as they are drenched with water! Be sure to stop by the check-in desk to review your photos that are also available for purchase.

Can I reserve my own boat?

Yes. We can take up to eight people per boat. This boat will be guided by one of our trained, professional guides. We also offer inflatable kayaks (duckies) for short and half day trips. Please call 800-970-6737 for pricing and details.

Do you offer group discounts?

We offer discounts on groups of eight or more people.

Do I need a reservation?

Advance reservations are highly recommended. However, we are happy to make last-minute bookings as space allows.

What is your reservation policy?

We require payment at the time of your reservation to guarantee your space. We have a 48 hour cancellation policy. If you cancel outside of 48 hours prior to your scheduled trip time you will receive a refund minus a $10 per person processing fee. Cancellations within 48 hours of your scheduled trip time and no shows are non refundable. Group reservations policies differ; please call our office.

When do I need to arrive?

Please arrive at least 45 minutes prior to your trip time. Before participating, you will need to sign our Assumption of Risk Waiver. Our professional staff will then provide a safety briefing and fit you with a lifejacket and helmet.

What if it rains?

A little rain won’t stop the fun! Besides you’re going to get wet anyway!

Should I tip my guide?

Our guides work hard to provide you with a memorable experience. While gratuities are not expected, they are appreciated!

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