Whitewater Rafting Myths… Busted!

What are the common misconceptions about whitewater rafting?  Some may veer away from the idea of a rafting trip due to hearing bad experiences that trickle down the grapevine before it reaches you.  We’re hear to bust all those myths and get you some truth on this popular Colorado adventure.

Myth #1

There will be a horrible camping experience.

When venturing out on an overnight rafting trip, you’ll either find yourself setting up camp with your crew along the riverside, or some companies offer lodging cabins for those not comfortable in a tent.  A lot of rafting outposts don’t offer a lot of accommodations, and aren’t very helpful when it comes to camping out on their trips.  If you come on an adventure with Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting, we’ll do all the work as you sit back and enjoy the time with your family and friends.  The perks of taking an overnight trip are huge, as you’ll get to experience Colorado’s wilderness and take in wonderful views of the sweeping mountain vistas as well as some of the best sunrises and sunsets.  Breckenridge Whitewater provides all the gear, sets up and tears down camp, cooks breakfast and dinner, and your only task is to make lasting memories.

Myth #2

You must be in great shape.

Of course, being in great shape is an advantage when it comes to physical activity, but as long as you can get in and out of the raft, walk, and carry things you are good to go on a whitewater excursion.  There are weight limits to rafting trips, as well as some ability restrictions as the rapids get high in class, but don’t let this hinder you from trying a more mellow adventure!  River trips have a way of breaking down those barriers within oneself and opening new doors, and you won’t know what you’re capable of until you try.

Myth #3

Rafting is the same everywhere you go.

This is absolutely incorrect! Every river and every trip is different.  Due to the rivers flows in Colorado based mostly off of snow melt, the CFS (cubic feet per second flow) of the river can change in a second.  If you’re looking for a mellow, scenic trip, try rafting the Upper Colorado River.  This stretch of whitewater is perfect for families or groups with kids, and you’ll get to enjoy a day on the river without worrying about battling harsh rapids.  The Arkansas River is home to whitewater ranging from beginner to advanced.  Try the Browns Canyon for breathtaking views and mild rapids, or challenge yourself on the Pine Creek stretch, which will keep your paddles moving and heart pumping.  There are plenty of options for all skill levels all around the state, do some research then come adventure with Breckenridge Whitewater!

Myth #4

Rafting is only fit for Adrenaline Junkies.

When most think of rafting, they picture those huge drops, steep channels, and continuous stretches of gnarly whitewater.  These are real, but they are not the only option.  While a lot of thrill seekers enjoy the extremeness that comes with whitewater rafting, there are many mellow rivers and everything in between that are just as satisfying.  From scenic float trips on the Colorado River to intermediate and advanced rapids on Clear Creek and the Arkansas River, you can find something suitable for everyone in your group with Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting.

Myth #5

You must be a great swimmer.

Obviously, the ideal outcome of a rafting trip is to stay in the boat the entire time.  If you do fall out, however, you won’t be doing much swimming.  All commercial rafting companies are required to have all guides in guests equipped with a Person Floatation Device (PFD).  These are designed for you float face up on your back in the water.  You’ll be trained properly on how to swim through rapids prior to even stepping foot in the boat, and your guide will do everything they can to put their knowledge on the river and navigate you as best they know.

Myth #6

You’re going to be stuck on the raft all day.

On a half day or full day trip, there are often many times where you’ll have a stretch of calm water before your next set of rapids.  You’re guide will let you jump out and swim around if you’d like, and full day trips often take a lunch break riverside.  For overnight trips, you’ll have plenty of downtime outside the raft to hike, fish, read, eat some delicious food, and sleep under the stars.  Breckenridge Whitewater offers trips of all lengths, and every single one won’t keep you stuck in a raft for hours upon hours.

With the myths busted, you should feel more at ease about coming on a rafting trip!  Our experienced guides will make sure your day is filled with fun and adventure, and you will be talking about your trip for months after.  Call Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting today to get the best deals on rafting excursions this year!