Colorado Rafting FAQs

Here are Some Quick Answers to Your Most Common Rafting Questions…

A: Cancellations made outside of 2 weeks of your trip are 90% refundable (full cost of trip). Cancellations made between 2 days and 2 weeks of your trip are 50% refundable. Cancellations within 48 hours are 100% nonrefundable. Trips run regardless of weather, rain or shine. You may purchase cancellation insurance (except for Royal Gorge trips) for 10% of the cost of the trip. With insurance, you may cancel up until 7 pm the night before your trip for a 90% refund.

A: May–June & September: Bathing suit/nylon shorts, sunscreen, sunglasses with a retainer, fleece or polypropylene top (no cotton!), wool socks, bottled water, warm change of clothes for after the trip.

July–August: Bathing suit/nylon shorts, sunscreen, sunglasses with a retainer, polypropylene top for class 4-5 trips (no cotton!), bottled water, change of clothes for after the trip.

A: We employ the international river rating system to describe the waters we paddle: Class II – Class V rivers and creeks. New rafters and kayakers should get a feel for the type of whitewater that suits them best by starting out on a less difficult trip. Click on any of the specific rivers above to browse our trip options before signing up for your adventure. Feel free to contact us directly if you’d like further advice on what trip may best suit your comfort level.

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A: No previous experience is necessary to enjoy BWR’s rafting trips. BWR and our experienced guides will provide you with everything you need to have a safe, fun and memorable adventure: from all the gear and equipment to comprehensive safety information and basic skills introduction.

A: All of our guides are First Aid and CPR certified which is the state requirement. Because we like to go above and beyond, almost all of our guides are Swiftwater Rescue certified and are EMTs, Wilderness First Responders, or have the  Outdoor Emergency Care certification. Colorado requires 50 hours of training for river guides. Our new guide training is almost three times this minimum requirement making our raft guides ready to handle any situation that comes their way. If you would like to learn more about our raft guide training, you can watch a short video here!

A: Some of our trips like the Browns Canyon Sizzler, Full day trips and Overnight trips include food. Our half day trips do not include food but we do have an option to add on breakfast, lunch or dinner to your rafting trip. To be sure, check your trip’s specific details to know if food is included.

A: Not all rafting trips are the same and require a different number of people in each raft. Typically we put 4 to 7 people in one raft. If you are doing a trip on the Colorado River, you can expect around 8 to 10 people in one rafter.

A: It depends how old your child is and the rafting trip you are doing. Each trip has a different minimum age. We recommend checking trip details to see if your child is old enough to go. Check out family friendly river trips here!

A: The water that is in our rivers comes from the snow we get in the winter so, yes, the water is going to be cold. We provide wetsuits free of charge for the chilly water but it does warm up slightly as the season goes on.

A: No! You are going to get wet regardless if it is raining or not. Our trips can carry on even in a rainstorm because you are in the lowest point of the area and in a rubber boat.

A: Not for our mellow rafting trips! Every rafter is required to wear a personal floatation device (PFD. For our more advanced rafting trips, we do require that guests know how to swim as an extra safety precaution. If you have more questions about this, please give us a call at 1-877-RAFTING!