If you are looking for an adventurous vacation activity, Colorado is the perfect place to be. Whitewater rafting is a great option for the whole family. It’s a wonderful way to experience glorious views and the powerful forces of Mother Nature. And it’s a great physical activity, even for beginners.
Whitewater rafting is also team sport that’s ideal for families since rafters each have a role in keeping the boat balanced, upright and away from obstacles. And while you can choose spots that are easy to navigate for beginners, the best and safest way to experience it is with a professionally guided tour.
Colorado Adventure Center offers a number of tours for the whole family. Its Idaho Springs rafting excursions are just an hour from Hilltop 55+ at Inspiration and RainDance, and 90 minutes from Kitchel Lake at Serratoga Falls and The Enclave at Mariana Butte. Perfect for a day or weekend trip!
Before you head out though, here are a few tips from some of the expert whitewater rafters at American Legend Homes:
What to wear: We recommend waterproof sandals that securely strap on your feet. And avoid cotton clothing. Stick to synthetic or yoga-type apparel that dries quickly and won’t weigh you down. Remember that even in the summer the water can be very cold so keep that in mind when choosing your attire. It doesn’t have to be expensive; check out this cute option from Target.
What to bring: Your guide will provide life jackets and, if necessary, a helmet. Leave your keys and valuables at the guide headquarters if you can. If not, a dry bag is a great way to store things that can easily get ruined when drenched. We love these from Amazon. And don’t forget sunscreen!
Whitewater terms and safety: Read this article to get familiar with common whitewater terms like the river grading system and for tips on how to stay safe!
Enjoy the summer in all of our Colorado communities! They are located close to everything wonderful that nature offers. And then head home to your amazing American Legend home to relax, recuperate and rejuvenate!