Spending a day rafting can be one of the most intense days of your life depending on what type of water you’re taking on. Whether you’re planning a fast-paced wild rapids trip or an extended white water escapade, there are a couple of places recommended for a family bonding adventure. Some you may have never even heard of before.
Yampa, Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado and Utah
The Colorado Basin’s last major free-flowing river, the Yampa, roars for 72 miles through 2,500-foot canyons in Dinosaur National Monument. These Class IV waters are great for intermediate rafters and aggressive beginners looking for a manageable thrill. This is also a great location for an adventurous family trip with teenagers.
Visitors will twist their way through the legendary Warm Springs, and view bighorn sheep and falcons. After all the excitement of the water, you can enjoy a nice scenic hike and learn about the area’s history and environmental threats, while viewing 800-year-old rock art on half-billion-year-old walls.
Salmon River, Idaho
The Middle Fork of the Salmon River is known as the crown jewel of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers system. In this 100 mile stretch of the pristine Middle Fork, rafters will encounter dozens of Class II & III rapids as they plunge through the river’s canyons.
The Salmon River is also home to many extremely family friendly scenic camp sites where guests can soak in natural hot springs, search for wildlife, and explore the immense Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness.
Rogue River, Oregon
The Rogue River is one place sure to fulfill your families need for outdoors, rapids and speed. As a family, you can raft the thrilling 32 miles of Class II-IV Whitewater. The area is also a great place for kayaking too. Further down, there is a more playful section of the Rogue for swimming and floating. And although these waters are kid-friendly, it is more recommended for children ages 7 and up.
Adirondack Park, New York.
Whether your family is an experienced rafting crew or a pack of beginning paddlers, Adirondack Park has something to offer everyone. The river is deemed one of the top 10 whitewater rafting locations in the United States.
The prime time to go for the more advanced family is during the spring when the ice and snow are melting creating Class IV & V rapids. However, if your family is just starting out and looking to get a handle on their skills, consider going during mid-summer while the river is mellowed to Class II & III rapids. And the scenic backdrop of the Hudson River Gorge makes for beautiful pictures especially in the fall when the leaves are changing.
Whitewater rafting is one extreme sport that the whole family can actually enjoy together while bonding and creating lasting memories. So if the raging rapids are calling your name, I’m sure one of these mentioned places can satisfy your family’s craving.