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Old 06-02-2013   #1
 
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Best CO rafting trip + other things to do with 5/7 yr old kids ?

Hello everyone


First time poster, trying to get some info...

Looking to plan a road trip into Colorado in July. I have a 5 year old girl and a 7 year old boy. They are the adventurous type (to a point of course) and I wanted to take them on guided rafting trip.

But also ideally close to some other stuff to do when the rafting is over. Ideally same area or 30 mins away.

Can anyone recommend an outfitter and rafting city/location/river name ? Any other info is appreciated.

** rafting ideally is not that rough for the kids but they get some wave and splash action

Thanks !

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The Arkansas River is very family friendly especially the Browns Canyon section.

Although it is not close I suggest going to Florissant Colorado. You can see 33 million year old giant sequoia trees there and just outside the park there is some private land but you pay just a few dollars dig up your own fossils. The kids keep what they find.

You're looking for something closer to the Denver area Clear Creek is not a bad option as long as you stand the beginner run.

Hope that helps
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Glenwood Springs Colorado has great rafting on the Colorado river in the very scenic Glenwood canyon section. Glenwood has lots to do for the whole family. There is the world famous Hot Springs pool, with a really cool water slide/tube. There is also the Glenwood caverns and adventure park accessed by riding a gondola. Great parks and restaurants too.
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Upper Colorado River, in Grand County. Contact Red Tail Rafting at 970.726.1197 and tell Tony or Jeff that Paul from King Mountain Ranch sent you, and says hello from Montana. Best family river stretch with the best company running on it.

Nearby you will find excellent mountain biking for the whole family at Bike Granby Ranch (formerly Sol Vista Basin), family horseback riding catered to your needs and abilities with Samuelson Outfitters (call Kathy at 970.726.8221, tell her I sent you), and the highly scenic and tourist friendly environment of Rocky Mountain National Park and the town of Grand Lake. You could also talk to Spirit Lake Polaris (Matt Woody, 970.627.928 for ATV rentals on the Stillwater Pass trail system, don't know their age limits for backseat riders. Lots of easy (<1 mi.) hikes, including a few to beautiful, high mountain lakes (Lost Lake off the Stillwater trail system) could round out your trip.

Recreate in confidence knowing that if anything happens, the members of Grand County Search and Rescue will be there to help. Not that they'll have to, because the companies I recommended are top notch.

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Glenwood Springs Colorado has great rafting on the Colorado river in the very scenic Glenwood canyon section. Glenwood has lots to do for the whole family. There is the world famous Hot Springs pool, with a really cool water slide/tube. There is also the Glenwood caverns and adventure park accessed by riding a gondola. Great parks and restaurants too.
X2. It will give you the most options with the least amount of travel IMO.
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At age 5, I think the guided options will be fairly limited. I personally find Glenwood more of an I-70 exit than a destination. SOPRIS SUCKS.

Let you in on a lil' secret: San Juans. Go to Durango; maybe raft on the Animas, although it will be fairly low. Ride the train. Hike the few miles in to Vallecito creek. Get a cookie and sandwich at Bread. If you're lodging it, spend a night up or two up on the mountain at the Silverpick Lodge and say hi to Wing. Drive the Hwy 550 to Ouray and get a funnel cake in Silverton. Spend a night on the rim of the Black Canyon on your way back. Maybe float something in the Ark Valley while you're there. Hit the sand dunes on your way home.

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Shoshone and Glenwood Canyon is a quality river experience, however I-70 kinda dominates it, and I won't get into the Aspen dynamic here (although you can book Brown's Canyon trips there). The Arkansas Valley from Leadville through BV and Salida, and into Bighorn Sheep Canyon and the Royal Gorge offers a variety of river experiences and other activities that compare with anywhere in the time zone.

Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area Home | Colorado Parks and Wildlife

The State Park is about 100 miles long and generally just a few hundred yards wide, so you will have options both within and along the park for lodging, meals, primitive or developed camping, fishing, zip lines, horse rides, train rides, etc., pretty much everything you will find elsewhere. And the hot springs don't smell like sulfur (not to open a can-o-worms there...).
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Wow, great info guys. Keep it coming. I am trying to digest all the choices. Slightly leaning towards Glenwood Springs due to accessibility off the interstate and apparent beginner/novice level for the kids
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Update: (no I don't have ADD ha)

Now kinda focusing on Durango Lower Animas River, since we can do a full day rafting, then the next day, do the railroad. Anyone have any comments on that river for the kids.

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Wow, great info guys. Keep it coming. I am trying to digest all the choices. Slightly leaning towards Glenwood Springs due to accessibility off the interstate and apparent beginner/novice level for the kids
Say you're going with the family to Mexico. If you'd go to Cancun and stay at an all-inclusive, then Glenwood is for you. If you'd instead rent a car, hop town to town, and get stuck in the sand while trying to find a secret snorkeling beach, then go to the San Juans and/or Ark. Both are cool, just different styles.
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