Making the Most of Your Colorado Vacation During “Mud Season”

The days are getting longer, temperatures warming up, the snow is starting to melt, it is springtime in Colorado! The change of seasons in Colorado from Winter to Spring is charmingly nicknamed “Mud Season”. This time of year, generally mid-April through mid-May, is when the Ski Resorts are starting to shut down and summer activities have not quite kicked off yet.

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Best Whitewater Rafting Trips in Colorado

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Colorado whitewater rafting trips are rated some of the best in the world. With so many amazing options it is difficult to choose which is the best rafting trip in Colorado. There are a wide variety of rafting trips depending on where you are traveling and your group’s whitewater experience. From breathtaking scenic floats to heart-pounding rapid sections, Colorado offers some of the best rafting in the United States.

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When Is the Best Time to Go White Water Rafting in Colorado?

Group rafting

The best time of year to go white water rafting in Colorado is generally May through August.

The Colorado Adventure Center offers some of the best whitewater rafting for extreme outdoor enthusiasts and timid first-timers alike all summer long! The summer months in Colorado is when the runoff from the snowpack melting brings water levels up and warm weather settles in. No matter what time of summer you choose to go rafting in Colorado, there are a variety of difficulty levels to meet your adventure needs. Water levels in Colorado’s rivers will vary depending on the amount of snowfall from the previous winter and weather systems in the Summer.

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Can I Go Rafting If I Can’t Swim?

Family rafting on the Clear Creek River

Yes! You can go whitewater rafting without strong swimming abilities.

While some swimming skills are a plus for any water activity, the Colorado Adventure Center offers a variety of rafting trips and aerial activities for non-swimmers. The beginner rafting section on Clear Creek is a perfect stretch of scenic water for first timers and those that aren’t strong swimmers.

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Is There an Age Limit for White Water Rafting?

Rafting on the Clear Creek River

While we don’t state an age limit per se, there is indeed an age minimum for each of our rafting trips.  For our beginner rafting trip, the minimum age is 7 years old.  For our intermediate trip, the minimum age is 14 years old.

Please be aware that the age limit on rafting trips can fluctuate depending on water levels. There is generally a period of a few weeks in mid to late June when the snow melt runoff is peaking and our management team may recommend increasing the minimum age requirement.

Recommended age limits on white water rafting trips in Colorado are dependent on the level of difficulty and the current water level. Safety and risk management is our number one priority at the Colorado Adventure Center. Recommended age limits are subject to change during high water conditions. Each of our whitewater rafting trips on Clear Creek has specific age limits and requirements. It is important to inform our reservation team of the ages of guests in your party and to complete the digital liability release form in advance. This way our reservation team can reach out to your party to reschedule or switch adventures if you have already booked your trip and high-water conditions prevent anyone in your party from participating.

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