If you’re booking a rafting trip this July, you may be weighing all your options for when to go, where to go, what to pair your adventure with, etc.  Many choose afternoon excursions on the river and overlook morning whitewater outings; however, morning trips are the best time to get out on the water, especially during the peak of summer!  Here are a few reasons why we love a morning excursion:

1. It’s less crowded

Many veer towards afternoon trips for a variety of reasons, yet afternoons on the river can get crowded. Between AVA Rafting & Zipline rafts and other outfitters, you’ll encounter lots of rafts and people throughout the afternoon on the river.  By choosing a morning rafting trip, you ensure your river experience is quieter and more peaceful. Your guide also won’t be battling for river space, and the rapids may be more enjoyable.

2. You’ll most likely see clear skies

In the Colorado Rockies, afternoon showers can be common, but most summer mornings offer clear blue skies before the afternoon rain showers in July roll in.  If you don’t hop on a raft until 1:00 PM, it’s likely it’ll cloud up, and you may miss the best of the sunshine.

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3. It’s not too hot yet

Believe us or not, it gets pretty warm in the afternoon in Colorado.  One may think “then why wouldn’t we just go in the afternoon, since the water will feel better?”.  Sure, it always feels good to take a swim on a hot afternoon, but you can’t forget the fact that most Colorados rivers, are comprised of snow melt, so the water will not be warm. Instead, enjoy a mild-weathered morning on the river before it really heats up.

4. You’ll make the most of your day

If you have an afternoon trip planned, it’s possible you’ll catch yourself sleeping in and having a easy and slow-going morning.  This may sound nice at the time, but you won’t want to waste any of your time in Colorado!  If you spend your morning on the river, you’ll have all afternoon to explore the area. Whether you’re looking for a post-rafting craft beer in Idaho Springs or want to take a hike in beautiful Buena Vista, you’ll start your day with adventure and experience even more of the breathtaking Rocky Mountains.

Ready for a morning rafting trip? Why not make the most of your day of adventure with a multi-adventure package. You will be able to both raft and explore the Rockies with a zipline, Via Ferrata, Rock Climbing, or UTV rental adventure. Adventure packages take into account all levels and abilities, and include rafting trips catered to all adventurers. View all trips, and get your Colorado adventure started!