A Colorado To Do List: Raft

ex-Marine (husband, Steve) and Travels With Sheila just returned from a family trip to Colorado and I had forgotten how much there is to do in the summertime. One of my favorite activities is whitewater rafting. So easy, that even wimps like us can do it. You can float downriver or paddle like mad through Class V rapids. Pick a half day, full day or multi-day trip. Make it as difficult or easy as you want. And whitewater rafting is available throughout the State of Colorado. Check out a very few of the many rafting companies listed below.

Mad Adventures is celebrating 25 years on the river. (They must be doing something right.) It’s an easy journey from Denver to their Downieville office for all Clear Creek Rafting trips that range from 1/3 of a day to 1/2 day on whitewater that tumbles through historic Idaho Springs. For more of a challenge, visit their Kremmling office for upper Colorado rafting trips that range from 1/2 day to multi-day camping in the wilderness.

Zach manning the raft on the Green River, Utah



Performance Tours has four locations. Royal Gorge, Buena Vista, Idaho Springs and Breckenridge. For high adventure, look at their Royal Gorge-Arkansas River (Class IV-V) trip. That’s serious whitewater rafting! The Colorado River excursion out of their Breckenridge office is perfect for families, first time rafters and anyone looking for fun.

A third company is Echo Canyon River Expeditions that even has a combination Raft-n-Rail experience. It consists of a nine mile white water rafting trip down the Arkansas River and a train ride through the scenic Royal Gorge.

instructions on what to do while rafting the Green River, Utah
rafts and kayaks lined up on the beach, Green River, Utah

Read about our whitewater rafting trip in Utah with grandchildren several years ago for all the details on what’s involved. We had the time of our lives. Loved it, and our young princes and princesses who are used to being waited on hand and foot, had a great feeling of accomplishment mastering skills that included camping, kayaking and pooping in the bushes. I consider rafting the ultimate family vacation to create never-to-be-forgotten memories.

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