When bringing your family rafting, Royal Gorge should be at the top of your list. It is one of the most spectacular regions in the state of Colorado, and consistently makes the top ten of the best rafting runs in the United States. Outfits offer daily trips during rafting season, and you won’t have to make do with just any company. A number of certified outfitters are in the area ready to serve you.
A Breathtaking Panorama
Your epic whitewater adventure starts as soon as you reach the bottom of the gorge where the boats are moored on the riverside. You’ll probably find yourself gawking at the majestic walls of the canyon as you start out. Make sure you pay attention to the guide because the river is wild, and the next challenging section of the water may be waiting for you at the next turn. Expect sudden drops, and get ready to get soaked. You will surely not forget the few hours you spend on the river because there is no experience quite like it.
Highlights of the Trip
In this section of the Arkansas River, you will paddle directly under the Royal Gorge Bridge which stands at an elevation of 6,700 feet and 956 feet above the water. It was built in 1920 and spans across the canyon for a quarter of a mile, or more specifically 387 meters (1,260 feet). The bridge, explains American Adventure Expeditions, holds the record as the highest suspension bridge in America, and is on the list of the National Register of Historic Places. The bridge and park are attractions thousands of people visit each year. While you are enjoying the challenging run on the river, you might chance upon people sightseeing along the walkway above you. For sure they’re thinking, when they look down and see you on the raft, that you are having the adventure of a lifetime.
Are you running out of ideas for the next family vacation? Why don’t you suggest a whitewater vacation in Colorado?