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 that
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.
Roaring Fork River Class II/III (8 Miles)
Beginner ½ day 9:00 am | 1:30 pm
Runs May to September
Minimum age 6
$112.00 Adult / $102.00 Child