|River||Trip Name||Class||Min Age||Basecamp
|Colorado||Shoshone Half-day||3||5||Glenwood Springs|
Beginner/Intermediate white water raft trips are ideals for those having a hard time choosing between beginner and intermediate rafting. Beginner/intermediate whitewater adventures offer solid rapids and fun hits without the aggressiveness required for an intermediate raft trip. In addition, families with children between 5 and 13 may decide on a beginner/intermediate whitewater raft adventure, as they are often more exciting than beginner rafting trips and the minimum age for most intermediate raft adventures is 14.
Rafting rivers is more than just crazy whitewater and extreme excitement. It is the total experience that creates the memories of a lifetime. A positive Colorado rafting trip can include excitement as well as wildlife, beautiful views, rich history told by knowledgeable guides and, most of all, enjoying a comfortable experience with friends and family.
Mother Nature did not take into consideration the “perfect whitewater rafting adventure” millions of years ago when she formed the rivers of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Keeping this in mind, it might be necessary to adjust your expectations to accommodate everyone’s comfort levels.
Because difficulty levels for Colorado white water rafting adventures can vary depending on water levels and/or weather conditions you will sometimes see two different ratings for an adventure. The rating will often increase (get more difficult) early season during peak water flows. This is due to high water levels and cooler weather conditions. High water season can also be the best time to raft if you are looking for big adventure.
High water season in Colorado is typically early- to mid-June, peaking around the summer solstice. This can differ depending on weather and/or snowpack. For more detailed information about water levels and weather conditions, contact our knowledgeable reservations staff at 877-ZIP-RAFT.
Minimum ages are also available to help you find your comfort level. Our minimum ages are not mandatory, they are a guide for you to use when making a decision about the adventure you are choosing. Factors that go into minimum ages include but are not limited to a person’s height, weight, physical ability, mental ability and maturity levels. These factors, along with years of experience taking thousand of guest rafting have gone into setting minimum ages. We reserve the right to refuse service depending on a person’s age or ability levels. Minimum ages can change depending on weather and/or water conditions.
first timers, young children
aggressive first timers, teens
experienced paddlers looking for an adventure
very experienced paddlers only
RIVER/RAPIDS CLASS RATING SYSTEM
This is strictly a subjective scale. You can characterize a rapid by class or give a general class to a whole river even though it has several different classes of rapids within it. The class of a rapid or river can change at different water levels. The temperature of the water, the air temperature, the remoteness of the river, and the difficulty of a rescue can all influence the rapid’s class.Class I – Easy. Small riffles. No significant waves or obstacles.
Classifications of river sections may change due to water levels.
For help in choosing a trip or any questions you might have please, call 1-877-ZIP-RAFT and our office personnel will be happy to assist you in putting together a successful river experience. Or, e-mail us at: email@example.com.