HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR WHITEWATER RAFTING ADVENTURE
The best time to raft in Colorado is after the snow has melted, and this year’s runoff is shaping up to be a memorable one! There’s a ton of snow in the high country and recent storms have continued adding to our snowpack. Statewide throughout Colorado, the snowpack is currently over 140% of normal. Here in the Colorado River basin, the snowpack is currently 138% of normal. And over in the Arkansas River basin, it’s 148% of normal! It’s going to be a long, high water season on our rivers.
What to Bring on a Whitewater Rafting Trip
As you prepare for your summer rafting adventure, there are a few things to think about. The first is what to bring. The list is pretty simple but you’ll want to make sure you have a few key items. Here’s the rundown.
On every rafting trip, we provide a helmet, a wetsuit on cool days, a splash jacket, a PFD, and wetsuit booties.
We also recommend that you wear and bring sunscreen and chapstick. If you plan to wear your sunglasses on the raft, don’t forget Croakies or Chums to keep them in place! Finally, bring cash to tip your guide (18% is normal).
What to Wear Whitewater Rafting in Colorado
You should wear your swimsuit underneath your street clothes for the ride to the river. On hot, sunny days when we’re not wearing wet suits and splash jackets, you might want to wear a cover shirt for sun protection.
Check out this quick video, as Cole and Kyle explain what to bring and why:
Questions to Ask your Rafting Guide
With your bags packed, you are all set for your adventure whitewater rafting in Colorado. It’s going to be an epic season here in Colorado, and we hope to see many of you on the river. As you prepare for the trip, how about some questions you might want to ask your guide? Here are a few things you might want to ask while you’re on the river:
- How does this water compare to other times of the year?
- What animals may we see on the water today?
- What’s your favorite part of being a rafting guide?
- What do you do during the off-season?
- What other stretches of the river do you run?
- Where is the best swimming hole?
- Ask about the history of the area.
- Ask for any crazy river guiding stories they have!
If you’re wondering when is white water rafting season in Colorado, it’s when the snow melts. More specifically, it’s generally from May through September, but can stretch from April to October.
Expert to Beginner Whitewater Rafting in Colorado
If you’d like more information on rafting with Sage Outdoor Adventures, please be sure to check out our Rafting Page. And explore the rest of our website to see all the other fun activities we offer, including horseback riding, ATV tours, and fly fishing!
For details, availability and booking call us at 970-476-3700 or contact us online.