Gentle Family River Rafting WITH THE WHOLE FAMILY

There’s nothing better than spending a day on the water with the whole family, experiencing the beauty of southern Colorado while enjoying each other’s company. Young children and grand parents are the perfect participants for one of our family whitewater rafting trips on this easy, scenic, and mild section of river. You’ll experience a handful of class II and easy class III rapids on the 5-mile stretch of the upper Bighorn Sheep Canyon. These rapids are a fantastic introduction to white water, but are not too challenging for our littlest river adventurers. Children and adults can paddle along with their guide, who has the ability to maneuver the raft on his / her own. Guides will operate an oar boat, which allows them to steer, power, and stop the raft whenever necessary. Boats can hold up to 7 to 8 guests at a time. On these family river rafting trips, safety is our first priority – the second is fun! Depending upon water level, family rafting trips often stop to swim, splash, and explore. There’s no better way to beat the summer heat than to take a dip in the cool waters of the river. The water temperature can range from 50-70 degrees, depending on the time of year. Our river is over 80% natural runoff, so you’ll be rafting on what was once snow! You’ll also see your fair share of local flora and fauna on this family rafting trip, ranging from towering red rock canyon cliffs, lush cottonwood groves, ponderosa pines, and perhaps even Bighorn Sheep!

Timeline of Echo’s Family White Water Rafting Trips

On the Echo Canyon family river rafting trip, you’ll arrive at our office to check in and receive your safety equipment. We’ll transport you upstream, where you’ll meet your guide and hear a brief safety orientation.  Your guide will answer any questions that you have and will explain how to stay in the raft, how to keep yourself in the boat, and what to do in the event of an unexpected situation. You’ll also learn how to effectively paddle. Even smaller children are welcome to try their hand at paddling on our family whitewater rafting trips – paddlers are auxiliary on the Family Float, and you can put your paddles aside and relax at any time. Then it’s on to the river! You’ll spend about 1.5 hours on the water, and we’ll provide a light snack to keep everyone happy and energized.

What to Bring for Family White Water Rafting Trips

Some things to remember when family rafting:

  • Sunscreen is always a good idea!
  • You are encouraged to bring water on your trip and are welcome to bring additional snacks
  • Wear synthetic clothing for maximum sun protection and quick drying
  • Secure footwear is mandatory for all participants
  • The minimum age is 4 to 5 years dependent on river flows
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