This river provides the best variety for whitewater rafters new and old. You can take the Middle Fork for both fast-paced action around the alpine rapids and a thrilling conclusion that sends you through the amazing desert canyons. This adventure takes at least five days for experienced rafters. There are shorter, less advanced rapids available among the Salmon River, as well.
If you’re looking for a challenge, there is plenty to be found along the 226 mile Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. The experience is like no other, the canyons rich with history as they are surprises. You should reserve a full vacation experience of both on-land and off adventures, as there are tons of little caves and secrets to explore.
This whitewater rapid location is a time-exclusive event that only happens for six weekends in September and October. This is because the nearby Summersville lake is leveed and must be regulated to prevent overflowing, and when this happens the Gauley River is treated with a flush of fresh water that cascades down canyons and between lush fall foliage. Rafters return to this amazing experience every year to get a taste of the best sights and sounds of the great outdoors.
Yosemite National Park gives birth to this beautiful river, where it falls down into Cherry Creek, a whitewater river rafter’s dream. This section of river is no walk in the park, it will drain you physically and emotionally if you aren’t an experienced rafter. For those who may not be up to snuff on their rafting abilities, the Main Tuolumne section that runs for 18 miles of great natural landscapes.
Another popular pick for whitewater rafters, there is a great selection of adventures to fit various timetables, from 6-10hrs to three day trips. Glacier National Park can also accommodate beginners who have never rafted before, so you can start out on floating tour boats that don’t expose you to the elements just yet. Then, maybe after, you can start trying the real thing out.