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Colorado Rafting FAQ

Colorado Rafting Trips – Comfort, Fun and Safety Tips.

Choose a Trip Appropriate for You

River rafting is not a carnival ride where all you have to do is get strapped in, sit back, and relax – you may need to self-rescue or help others if they end up in the water. When selecting a trip, be honest with yourself about your level of fitness, swimming ability, and capacity for remaining calm in an emergency. RIGS offers a variety of trips, from more family-friendly options to more adventurous options. Trips can be selected based on your experience level, fitness, and desires for the trip. Use our Trip Planner to help determine which trip is right for you.

Don’t Leave the Little Ones at Home

Rafting can be a wonderful experience for children, and RIGS offers trips appropriate for kids as young as four. Still, be sure to ask our reservations staff about the age and weight restrictions in place for the trips you are considering.

Listen to Your Rafting Guide

Listen carefully to your rafting guide before and during the entire trip – even if you’ve been rafting a lot and feel comfortable on the water. Rafting guides are specially trained and experienced, as well as knowledgeable about regional history, culture, geology and wildlife.

Pay Attention to the Pre-Trip Safety Orientation

RIGS Guides will hold a pre-trip safety orientation prior to launching their boats. Pay close attention to what is said, and make sure that your family and guests do as well. Our experienced professionals will prepare you for almost any event that could happen on the river. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or express concerns. Be sure to watch our Whitewater Safety Video to further understand the nature of a whitewater trip.

Know What to Bring and Wear:

Swimsuits or fast-drying shorts (no cotton or denim)
Shoes that are strapped on and snug to your feet – river sandals or old tennis shoes are fine– flip flops and/or slip-ons are not allowed
Sunscreen and lip balm
Sunglasses with retaining cord
Waterproof disposable camera
A change of clothes (for after the trip)
Cash for souvenirs, snacks, and guide gratuity (if you enjoyed the trip and her/his service!)

What We Provide

Personal Flotation Devices, or PFDs (life jackets)
Helmets (if the section requires it)
Paddles
Transportation from our shop, to and from the river
Paddle Jacket & Neoprene Bootie Rentals are available for rental separately, prior to trip departure

Remember That You’re in Colorado

If you are coming from a different part of the country or the world, you may not be used to Colorado’s elevation, dry weather, and abundant sunshine. Make sure to keep yourself hydrated during your entire stay in Colorado, limit your alcohol intake, ease your way into strenuous activities, and be sure to pack sunscreen, a hat, and lip balm.

What Is Your Reservation/ Cancellation Policy?

In the event of a cancellation within the 48 hours prior to your trip departure, 100% of the balance will be charged and is considered non-refundable, (90 days out for Gunnison River trips.)* The cancellation of any reservation prior to 48 hours will forfeit a standard cancellation penalty of $15 per person.
RIGS is not responsible for any cancellations or modifications of tours due to weather condition, road hazards, vehicle breakdowns, or other unforeseen conditions that may hinder the ability for the tour to take place as scheduled. We reserve the right to cancel or modify any trip due to circumstances beyond our control. Clients will have the option to reschedule during the current season based on trip availability.
*All trips depart as scheduled regardless of weather conditions.