An Overnight Raft Trip: Part 2

Written by Ben Sack, 12.19.2013

When is the last time your family spent more than a few hours or even a day together? And when have you last had time to just sit with no distractions; to watch the sun set and the moon rise while enjoying a crackling fire and reconnecting with your friends and family? If you’re like me then it’s been a while and it’s time to change that…

It’s time to reconnect with family and friends

We all do it. We focus so much energy on working hard to provide for our families that we forget we also need to stop and simply enjoy. It’s important we share experiences together that will make us all forget about the day to day grind and create amazing memories we can fondly recall, talk and laugh about for years to come. On overnight raft trip is such an awesome way to bring a family or group of friends together.
You’ll make new friends, too. Outfitters will often pair your crew with similar groups and chances are you’ll be exchanging emails and numbers at the end of the trip with your new-found friends, not to mention your new best buddy; your raft guide! Here at Echo we see groups come back time after time requesting the guide they had on their multi-day raft trip.

Incredible scenery and rapids in a proposed National Monument

Browns Canyon, a proposed National Monument, is a jewel of in the Arkansas River Valley and most outfitters in this area include this spectacular section of whitewater in a multi-day raft trip. It’s highly unusual in the river world to find both great scenery and continuous exciting rapids. This is because many rivers have long stretches of flat water between rapids, so you could potentially spend a whole day on a section of river and see just a few rapids of significance. Browns Canyon is the polar opposite of this; in one portion of the canyon you’ll paddle through 10 major rapids in less than 5 miles! And one of the best parts of Browns Canyon is that it has big hits and impressive rapids yet is still a family-friendly section of river appropriate for first time rafters and your kids.

Oh, but you want bigger rapids? No sweat. Many outfitters, Echo Canyon included, make the last day of an overnight river trip the Royal Gorge section, a truly world class piece of whitewater. The Royal Gorge on the Arkansas River is often listed as one of the top whitewater runs in the country, so why not include it in your multi-day adventure? You’ll find yourself over 1000 feet below the rim of this impressive gorge, passing beneath the famous Royal Gorge Bridge and through a lot of exhilarating rapids. Be sure to ask if you can add this section of whitewater to your multi-day trip.

So when it comes time to consider the big summer outing for your family or group of friends, consider a multi-day river trip in Colorado. I know it will be the highlight of the summer for everyone involved!

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Ben Sack is the General Manager of Echo Canyon River Expeditions, Colorado's largest white water rafting outfitter. He's also a raft guide, a photographer, and he loves exploring Colorado and beyond with his wife and two boys.
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