Calling all nature-loving families! Are you ever in a situation where you are looking for something new and unique to do outdoors? It’s time to explore Colorado! One of the best ways to experience what Colorado has to offer is by hitting the rivers of Colorado. Rafting is a great activity for adults and children of all ages. If you’ll be riding the rapids with kids, here’s what you need to know about whitewater rafting with kids.



When going whitewater rafting with children it is up to the parent to make sure that the child is educated on safety protocols and proper etiquette. Safety protocols starts with the packing list. You should pack mostly what you need. If you are doing an overnight rafting trip, this may include a few accessories and toys, like a camera, frisbee, playing cards and a fishing pole. For your guided trip, most of the key items will be provided by your rafting company. Make sure to pack secure shoes for both you and the children.

Be the parent! Your guide will give a safety talk prior to pushing off for your trip, so make sure your child knows the importance of listening. Make sure your kids don’t get too rowdy. It’s totally fine to let your kids loose a little and explore nature, but make sure that they don’t do anything too risky. The raft guide will always help keep kids busy and safe but he can’t do it all by himself!

Make a night of it and do an overnight rafting trip with the kids. Your kids will enjoy fireside stories from the raft guide as they roast marshmallows and make s’mores. It won’t be too long afterwards when they get tired and ready for bed. What’s better than sleeping under the stars after a long day of rafting? Rafting will be and adventure that your kids will be sure to remember for ages!