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Best Whitewater Rafting In Colorado For Families

Best Whitewater Rafting In Colorado For Families

Looking for the best white water rafting Colorado has to offer and don’t want to fight the traffic on I-70? Look no further than the Arkansas River for family fun and adventure! 

Only 2.5 hours from Denver, this river has various sections of scenic floating to exciting whitewater available for you and your family. The Arkansas River has a trip for everyone! Not only is this watershed a world-famous whitewater destination, but it’s proximity to other outdoor recreation is unbeatable. Whether your group is looking for a challenging day of Royal Gorge river rafting or a day of family rafting in Colorado, the Arkansas River is sure to provide excitement and create lasting memories.

 A trip from Denver to the Arkansas River valley is just the right distance for a Colorado weekend getaway without having to go too far. The Arkansas River valley has many opportunities for outdoor family recreation and is a nice breath of fresh air from the Front Range for a weekend. As far as water activities go the Arkansas River has one of the latest seasons in the state due to a voluntary flow program that helps keep water in the river much longer than nearby rivers on the Front Range. This makes the Arkansas River a great option for rafting in August and September.

 Arkansas River Tours has some of the best whitewater rafting in Colorado for families. We’ve outlined some of their diverse family rafting options for you to choose from. 

 The 1/2 Day Bighorn Sheep Canyon rafting trip is great for families that have never been rafting before and want to experience a whitewater adventure. This is the most popular trip and it delivers a great ride every time. Depending on water levels, this trip can accommodate children as young as 8 years old.

 If you have a family that has younger kids that are a little timid with water and can’t swim, or want Grandma and Grandpa to join, then the Cottonwood Family Float is a great option for your family. After your kids get a little taste of the whitewater on this trip they usually will want more! Children must be at least 4 years of age and weigh 35 lbs or more to properly fit in a life jacket.

 For families with teenagers and older kids that want a very wet and adventurous ride, Royal Gorge whitewater rafting tours are your ticket to an amazing experience. This is some of the best white water in Colorado and it does not require prior experience! The minimum age for this trip is 15 and each participant must be able to swim and be in decent physical shape to help paddle the raft safely down the river.

 If you are looking for the ultimate weekend get-a-way with your family on the river, a multi-day rafting trip in Colorado will suit you perfectly!  Choose from various difficulty levels in 2 Day and 3 Day durations. All of the options can be customized to your family’s needs at no extra charge. These tours are great to get in some adventure and quality family time around a campfire with your family while away from all the distractions at home.

 Arkansas River Tours is a family-owned and operated business since 1973. Their guest’s and employee’s safety are their number one priority. With your “precious cargo” on board, ART takes their job seriously as your professional guide. During this summer of 2020, ART is guiding people safely out on the river while navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic. 

According to Men’s Journal and LA Times, rafting is one of the safest activities for a family this summer! Arkansas River Tours has altered its operations to protect the safety of guests and staff this summer. Some of the highlights of these changes are reducing capacity on our tours and vehicles, enhanced our sanitation process, wearing facial coverings (except on the river), and offering options for private rafts.

 Rafting or fly fishing the Arkansas River with Arkansas River Tours is a great option for some family fun this summer! Due to limited capacity on all trips, we encourage you to sign up and reserve a great experience soon!


Mile High Mamas
Author: Mile High Mamas

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