If you plan on rafting this summer … | SummitDaily.com

If you plan on rafting this summer …

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Tips and considerations from the Colorado River Outfitter Association for planning a whitewater rafting trip:

– Are you interested in a half-day, full-day or multi-day trip? Many outfitters offer all these options, while some specialize in just one type.

– Whitewater thrills or relaxing float trip? Colorado’s rivers offer everything from serene water to rushing rapids, many times on the same trip. Ask what the class range of water will be on your trip.

– How active do you want to be? Are you interested in paddling yourself (with a guide on board, of course) or do you want to have the guide do the rowing? Most outfitters offer both of these options, as well as a combination (paddle-assist) option.

– Outfitters typically arrange transportation to and from a central meeting point. How much time is spent on the road and what kind of vehicles does the outfitter use?

– Is food provided or do you need to bring your own? Do the multi-day trips include all meals? Can arrangements be made for special dietary needs?

– What equipment, such as wetsuits, camping equipment (for multi-day) and safety gear does the outfitter provide? Does it come with the cost of the trip? If not, what is the rental fee?

– What services does the river outfitter offer children? What’s the minimum age requirement for a trip?

– What programs do the outfitters offer for the disabled, at-risk youths, senior citizens or corporate groups?

– Are there taxes or other fees in addition to the quoted price?

– Is the outfitter licensed by a state agency or other association?

– Some outfitters offer combination packages that include many outdoor recreation options such as fishing, hiking and horseback riding.

For more information or to request a brochure from the Colorado River Outfitters Association, visit http://www.croa.org or call (303) 280-2554.

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