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Top 10 Family-friendly Rafting Trips on Colorado’s Rivers

I love rafting but I have not been since my children were born because I assumed they were too young.

I was delighted to discover I was wrong.

Mile High Mamas has teamed up with the Colorado River Outfitters Association to bring you a guide to the Top 10 Family-friendly Rafting Trips on Colorado’s Rivers that includes age guidelines. With more than 20 rivers across eight major basins, Colorado families are discovering the world’s largest water park is right in our own backyard.

In no particular order, the top rafting opportunities for paddle-happy families are the following:

1. Ruby – Horsethief Canyons, Upper Colorado River

Providing breathtaking views of dramatic western Colorado canyons, this tranquil 25-mile stretch just west of Grand Junction is perfect for rafting, inflatable kayaking, wildlife viewing (eg., desert bighorn sheep, bald eagles, blue herons, deer and coyotes), hiking and relaxing. The Class I and II waters are gentle enough for kids, while the views and add-on activities will keep adults excited and engaged. Age 4 and up.

2. San Miguel Confluence to Gateway, Lower Dolores River

This is a little-known stretch of river that highlights the red rock canyon country few folks know exists in southwestern Colorado. The section has a remote feel, a handful of class II and III rapids and quite a bit of flat water. Rafters frequently see river otters and bears along this stretch. Dinosaur tracks, rock art, wild west characters and mining history are all compelling topics knowledgeable guides use to keep folks entertained as they float along. Age 10 and up.

3. Chicago Creek to Kermit’s Restaurant and Bar, Clear Creek

Just 30 minutes from downtown Denver and taking a few hours or less to run, this beginner stretch of Clear Creek provides