Rafting and Ranching

Mild Rafting Trips

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River

Roaring Fork River Class II/III (8 Miles)

Difficulty

Beginner ½ day

Availability

Runs May to September

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River

Roaring Fork River Class II/III (8 Miles)

Availability

Runs May to September

Minimum Age

6

Adult Price

$112

Child Price

$102

Difficulty

Beginner ½ day

Meeting Location

Aspen Office

Pickup available in Aspen/Snowmass.

Meeting Time

9:00 am | 1:30 pm

Includes

Lunch

Minimum Age

6

Adult Price

$112

Child Price

$102

Meeting Location

Aspen Office

Meeting Time

9:00 am | 1:30 pm

Includes

Lunch

If you are looking to book within forty-eight hours of your trip time, please call our shop. We would be happy to book for you.

Aspen Whitewater Rafting is continuing their partnership with ACES (Aspen Center for Environmental Studies) and Rock Bottom Ranch to bring families an exciting afternoon on the river followed by a barnyard tour of one of the few sustainable working ranches in the valley! This is a great way to give your kids a fun and educational day on the river. The afternoon will begin with rafting on the Class II-III Middle Roaring Fork.

This section is ideal for families with younger children as there are just enough rapids to offer a taste of easy whitewater rafting, while offering plenty of time to relax and enjoy the scenery. The trip begins in stunning Snowmass Canyon just upstream of the quaint town of Basalt and takes out just above Hooks Spur Bridge. After a snack, the group will make its way down to Rock Bottom Ranch. The ranch is a 113-acre wildlife preserve and demonstration ranch where naturalists work to explore the complex interaction between agriculture and natural ecosystems along the Roaring Fork River.

Families will get a guided tour of the barnyard at the ranch and children will learn firsthand about the animals. They may even be able to help with a couple ranch chores. Families will also have the opportunity to walk the naturalist trail on the property and keep an eye out for heron, hawk and owl nesting grounds.

Note: Rafting and Ranching is only available on Tuesday and Thursdays. Rafting in the afternoon with pickup between 1pm and 1:30 pm, followed by a ranch tour starting at 4pm. This trip can only be booked by calling our shop.

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  • What’s Included

    The raft trip, shuttle, splash gear, wetsuit, snacks and lunch (when specified). Photos are not included but can be purchased online immediately after the trip!

    What to Wear Rafting

    We suggest wearing quick-drying clothing such as non-cotton shorts and t-shirt and/or a bathing suit. Also important are sunscreen (you will be rafting at nearly 9,000 feet where the sun is intense!), sunglasses with retaining device, waterproof camera, and old sneakers or sandals with a heal strap. Bring a towel to dry off with and a change of clothes for your ride home.

    We provide splash gear on all of our trips, and wetsuit, helmet, and wetsuit booties when appropriate.

    Whitewater River Scale

    CLASS I:
    Your bath tub.

    CLASS II:
    Mild. Predictable, smaller rapids. Great for younger families.

    CLASS III:
    Moderate. Larger, more irregular rapids. Wet passengers and energetic paddling to be expected. Most clients will take a Class III trip.

    CLASS IV:
    Wild. Long and unpredictable rapids, following in immediate succession.

    CLASS V:
    Extreme. This is the edge. Only experienced paddlers.