Rafting – FAQ

Why should I go rafting with Sage?TX

With the combination of our 3 convenient locations near the rivers we run, our brand new equipment, super fun guides, and our 40 years experience here in the Vail Valley, we guarantee you will be 110% satisfied with your trip, or your money back!

Do you provide a wetsuit?TX

Yes, in fact we provide everything at NO EXTRA COST: helmet, wetsuit, splash jacket, splash pants, PFD, wetsuit booties, and neoprene gloves for the real cold days.

When is the rafting season?

The season starts Mid May and goes through the end of September usually.
Gore Creek and the Eagle River are spring only rafting, usually Mid May through Early to Mid July. Here is a useful video to see our river seasonality: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCfWjj_yXY4

What should I bring rafting?

We will equip you with all the necessary cold water rafting and safety equipment. You will want to wear a swimsuit, sunscreen, and if you have glasses, wear croakies with them, there is always a chance you will swim and lose your glasses. Bring cash to tip your guide, and a change of clothes is nice after the trip.

Is tipping customary?

Gratuity is never expected but always appreciated!

Do I need previous experience?

No, we offer trips for all levels of rafting, experienced or not, from ages 2 through 100!

Will I swim?

Possibly, and we don’t charge extra for the out of boat experience!

Is transportation from my accommodation in Vail or Beaver Creek provided?TX

Yes, on some trips, No on others. Be sure to check what your are booking. Some of our trips have you meeting at our river outposts. We have outposts on the Arkansas River, the Eagle River, and the Colorado River .

How many people will there be per raft?

Our small boats that are used on most class III, IV, and V hold 6 people plus the guide. On the class I-II sections the boats hold 8-10 ppl.

How do I make reservations?

Call our friendly office and set up your trip, 970-476-3700 or book here on the website.

What is the cancellation policy?TX

Trips cancelled 48 hours before the trip are refunded the full amount. Once you are in the 48 hour period you are charged full fare.

How far in advance do I need to make reservations?TX

As early as you like. It is a first come, first serve basis, so reservations guarantee you a spot on the river.

Do I need to know how to swim?

For class I, II, and easy III, no, you are not required to know how to swim. For hard class III and class IV and V you must be a good swimmer to participate.

What if it rains (or snows)?TX

We go rafting no matter what the weather is doing. The saying in Colorado is, “if you don’t like the weather, wait ten minutes!” Rafting is a “get wet” activity anyways, we have all the proper equipment to keep you warm whether the sun is out or hiding!