What to expect on a Royal Gorge rafting trip

While Colorado’s upper Arkansas River tends to get all the publicity, don’t over look Royal Gorge rafting. Featuring cliffs that plummet nearly 1,000 feet to raging waters below, the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park is one of Colorado's most iconic natural wonders. The...
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Where’s the safest seat when whitewater rafting?

No one can guarantee that you won’t get tossed overboard when your river raft hits a big whitewater rapid. But if you’re not a fan of getting splashed in the face or bumped on the rump, the middle of the raft is probably your best bet. To understand your options,...
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River rafting teaches kids outdoor adventure and ethics

Many Boy Scouts troops feature regular whitewater river rafting for good reasons: to teach boating skills, introduce kids to outdoor adventure and instill environmental ethics. Zach Hepp, now an Eagle Scout and High Point University graduate, remembers rafting when he...
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The wonders of Colorado whitewater season

Colorado rivers look a little different every year—even every day. How fast and high rivers run during the Colorado whitewater season all depends on snowpack. And snowpack comes with many of its own variables: How much total snow fell throughout the winter? How warm...
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Document your rafting trip without destroying your electronics

Nothing ruins a rafting trip like watching your camera sink into the depths of a churning river. Follow these tips for capturing memories and bringing them—and your electronics—home safely. Try a waterproof case Here the difference between water-resistant and...
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Understanding whitewater rapid classes I-VI

Planning a rafting trip into whitewater rapids? A little homework goes a long way. The international river class (IRC) rating system helps paddlers choose rivers based on their skills and the river’s degree of difficulty. Many organizations borrow from these...
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How a river trip can change your kids’ lives

Youth organizations like National Outdoor Leadership School and the Boy Scouts take kids outdoors to teach them life skills, and there’s a good reason they choose river trips. Boaters learn everything from group dynamics and leadership skills to Leave No Trace ethics...
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Top 3 questions to qualify a river guide

Entrusting your life, really, to a river guide means you want to be absolutely confident in his or her abilities. Before you book a trip, as your outfitter these three questions: How are your guides certified? Professional river guide training requires over a hundreds...
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4 Colorado whitewater rivers always worth running

What does Colorado whitewater status depend on most? Snowpack! The white stuff isn’t too shabby this year, which means when it melts come spring rivers will be raging—right alongside boaters' adrenaline. Whether you’re a beginner rafter looking for a gentle, yet...
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Want to win a river lottery? Here’s how

We can’t guarantee anything, but next time you sign up for a river lottery, take these steps to improve your chances at winning the trip of a lifetime. You know a river is popular when getting a chance to run it costs you both a financial deposit and a heartfelt...
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