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Yo, I am looking to take my kids, 2 and 4 on their first rafting trip. What stretch would you recommend within a few hours drive of Denver that is below class III, has good campsites for little kids, and is preferably somewhat roadside?
 

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I suggest Ruby/Horsethief. While not roadside and probably further than you'd like to drive it will be more enjoyable for the kids on a first overnight trip. Water and weather will be warmer for them in May.
 

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Agreed, Ruby/Horsethief would be my suggestion. 2-3 nights, great scenery, easy to get a permit. If you do go, make sure the kiddos are PFDed through the Black Rocks section.

You could also do the Upper C if you want to do a 1 night closer to Denver. There is a III on that stretch I believe. (Haven't done it yet myself)
 

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End of may you might find some campsites blown out by runoff on the Upper C. Last spring it ran 10k at that time. Just depends on the weather gods

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