Rocky Mountain Whitewater Rafting
Frequently Asked Questions
When choosing a trip for you and your group, be realistic about everyone’s abilities as rafting in Colorado is at higher altitudes. Anyone in your group that has any medical conditions, physical limitations, is pregnant or is seriously overweight, should consult a physician before attempting a raft trip. For safety reasons, we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone we perceive to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol or deem unfit for a raft trip. We also reserve the right to alter your scheduled trip without notice or allowance for refund.
Due to the inherent risks involved in rafting in Colorado, all participants are required to sign an assumption of risk/release of liability waiver. All persons under the age of 18 require the completion of the waiver by a parent of legal guardian. Although we are fully licensed and insured, you participate in river rafting AT YOUR OWN RISK.
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Class III – Our minimum age is 5.
Class IV and higher – Our minimum age is 14.
These minimum ages can change throughout the season for safety reasons due to the river level and intensity of the trip. We do not make exceptions based on a child’s height, weight or swimming ability.
Any changes made to a trip departure time, date, or river section will result in a $5 per person processing fee and will be subject to availability. There will be no changes allowed once within 1 day of the departure of the trip.
All trips depart as scheduled regardless of weather conditions. It is your responsibility to be at your trips designated outpost 15 minutes prior to your trip time. Please account for traffic, road construction, weather conditions, etc. There are no exceptions to this policy!
Class II – Novice – Straight forward rapids with clear and wide channels. Occasional maneuvering may be required, but rocks and waves are easily. Swimmers are seldom injured and group assistance is seldom needed.
Class III – Beginner – Rapids with moderate, irregular waves which may be difficult to avoid. Complex maneuvers and good boat control in tight passages or around ledges are often required. Large waves, strong eddies and powerful current effects may be present. Scouting is advisable for inexperienced parties. Injuries while swimming are rare and self-rescue is likely.
Class IV – Intermediate – Intense, powerful and predictable rapids that require precise boat handling. Large, unavoidable waves and holes and constricted passages demanding fast maneuvers. Rapids may require “must make” moves. Scouting may be necessary the first time down. Swimmers risk is moderate to high. Group assistance for rescue is important as self-rescue is difficult.
Class V – Advanced – Extremely long, obstructed, or violent rapids. Drops may contain large waves and holes, steep chutes with demanding routes and few eddies. Rapids may continue for long distances between pools, demanding a high level of fitness. Swims are hazardous and group rescue is often difficult.
Class VI – Extreme – These runs have almost never been attempted. High level of difficulty and danger and rescue may be impossible. The consequences of errors are very severe. For teams of experts, only at favorable water levels, and with a high degree of planning. Not impossible but very improbable.