Looking for an exciting way to beat the heat? Why not try whitewater rafting?
Not only will the spray of water in your face feel invigorating, but a trip downstream can be as adrenaline-inducing as the world’s craziest roller coaster.
Colorado, of course, is known for its many choices. Consider these options recommended by GoRafting.com:
Clear Creek-Idaho Springs: Just 45 minutes from downtown Denver, Clear Creek rafting not only offers “technically challenging” waters, notes GoRafting, but the rides run through the old mining town of Idaho Springs, where you can head for lunch or dinner once you’re through. Choose from trips that last three, four or six hours. Note: some companies only take rafters ages 15 and up.
Royal Gorge-Colorado Springs: Here, the Arkansas River “drops down between 1,000 foot walls as you scoot along on rapids,” notes GoRafting. In other words, these can be challenging runs, ranging from mid-level Class III to expert Class V. Riders should be ages 14 and up.
Eagle River-Vail: If it sounds appealing to start your whitewater rafting in a place where you can sandwich your adventure between a gourmet breakfast and evening drinks on a beautiful patio, this is the place for you. Courses are appropriate for beginners to advanced rafters. As GoRafting notes: “There’s something for everybody.
Fraser River-Winter Park: Start your journey at the top of a hill and end at the bottom in this location, which “offers the best rivers in the bunch,” says GoRafting. You can choose from a range of lengths, from one-third of the day to a multi-day trip.