Best Family Whitewater Rafting Trips in October
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Best Family Whitewater Rafting Trips in October

Whitewater Adventures on the Colorado River

Colorado is a majestic place to spend time in the September/October months before the snow blankets the mountains. The leaves change to a beautiful sea of colors and the air is brisk with the promise of winter not too far behind us. An array of activities for enjoying this fall season in Colorado will please every member of your traveling party, but one of my favorite ways to enjoy the fall leaves is from a raft!

The Upper Colorado

Overnight Rafting Trips

The Upper Colorado section of the Colorado River in Kremmling is the ideal backdrop for a late season Colorado rafting trip. In October, the water is nice and mellow and perfect for a scenic float. You have plenty of time to take in the scenery, sit back, and enjoy your ride. This is also  the perfect opportunity to see some of Colorado’s wildlife. The Upper Colorado also hosts Radium Hot Springs, a spot where raft guides are typically happy to take a break from rafting. Relaxing in a hot spring while enjoying the scenery of the beautiful Autumn leaves in Colorado is something that I hope everyone can experience at least once. We offer both half day and full day scenic float trips, accommodating all ages 2+ (half day) or 5+ (full day).

Try a SUP or Inflatable Kayak!

For those members of the family that appreciate the scenery, but may be looking for a little bit more excitement on their leaf peeping venture, I highly recommend stand up paddle boards (SUPS) or even inflatable kayaks on that same stretch of the Colorado River. These are great options for the adventurous solo traveler, or the more adventurous members of a traveling party or family vacation group. With both options, you can stay fairly close to the group’s raft, while allowing each of you to choose your own mode of adventure.

Soak in the Leaves from the Colorado River

I am a huge fan of hiking in Colorado, and I have plenty of cyclist friends who swear by the sport, but I personally cannot find anything that compares to the feeling of gliding along the smooth water of the Colorado River regardless of your mode of travel to get down the river. All of those options are offered through the Arkansas Valley Adventures white water rafting outfitter on the Upper Colorado out of their Kremmling outpost. Their rafting season on the Upper Colorado is currently extended until September 29, 2019. The white water rafting season is limited due to water levels as well as weather, so I highly recommend that as soon as you see the leaves start to change color to jump on a raft, inflatable kayak, or even a stand up paddle board and make watching the leaves in Colorado the perfect vacationing activity for the entire traveling party!