Best Rafting for First Timers

Whitewater Rafting Safety

8-14-09 Browns  012Spring has sprung and the ski resorts up in the mountains are beginning to close and outdoor activities are starting to lean toward a summer schedule. Once the snow has melted and the ground dries up hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing take over the Rocky Mountains. Although the big three activities are available almost year round for the dedicated there are also several summer only activities like whitewater rafter. For those interested in checking out whitewater rafting this year the lull period during the snow runoff is really the best time to try it out for yourself.

Colorado is considered one of the meccas of whitewater rafting as it offers every skill level imaginable and is found throughout the state. For those staying around the Breckenridge, Aspen and Vail areas the Browns Canyon section of whitewater is an excellent first whitewater trip choice as it is a class III rating and flows through one of the most beautiful areas in Colorado, Browns Canyon National Monument. If the altitude really isn’t your thing and you are enjoying all of Denver’s fine amenities there is an excellent trip about 45 mins away in Idaho Springs called the Gold Rush. The Gold Rush 1/3rd day trip offers class II-III rapids and is a quick and easy three hour time commitment perfect for an afternoon activity. For groups with little guys that are younger than six years old our Upper Colorado Half Day Scenic Float trip is perfect for young families as it will be a calm class I-II stretch of water littered with natural hot springs and rocks that one could argue are made for cliff jumping.

DSC_2039-1000Regardless if this is your first trip out on whitewater or not you are bound to have an excellent time exploring some of Colorado’s majestic waterways. For more information on all of our whitewater trips offered throughout the state feel free to give us a call at (800) 370-0681 to speak to one of our amazing agents.