trips on whitewater rivers are usually taken with an experienced
guide to help navigate the raft through the rapids, maneuvering
the inflatable raft with paddles or oars. On some lower class whitewater,
you may rent a raft and paddle your own trip. Some guided rafting
trips are run with motorized rafts mostly on the Colorado River
in Utah and Arizona. America Outdoors’ members provide a variety
of rafting trips on various rivers throughout the world. Rafting
trips on rivers with Class III or lower rapids are popular with
families. A multi-day rafting trip can be one of the most enjoyable
family vacations because you escape the distractions of modern day
life and spend quality time participating in activities that appeal
to the entire family. It’s not just a rafting experience,
but a whole new world of fun with time for fishing, hiking, and
learning about history, ancient cultures and the environment. There
are even mild rafting trips for families with school age children.
Children particularly enjoy playing in the sand, exploring under
the rocks along the river and spying on wildlife in their natural
environment. Rafting rivers with lots of Class IV and Class V rapids
are for more adventuresome rafters. These are general guidelines.
Ask your outfitter which rafting trips are appropriate for your
skill level and the age groups involved.