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Planning a Family Vacation? Then Consider a Rafting Trip

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Planning a family trip can be difficult. Depending on the size and age of the members of your family, you may be frustrated with planning a trip that will entertain and enrich. Of course, you also want to create lifelong memories. If your family is more of the adventurous type, or if you are looking for something truly unique, consider taking a rafting trip. Rafting trips are a great way to enjoy nature, have an adventure, and teach your family a new skill.

Rafting along the Colorado River offers a wide range of travel opportunities. The Colorado River runs through 11 American national parks. The river starts at the Rocky Mountains, then it runs southwest for 1,450 miles and ends in northern Mexico. Some of the parks, the river touche son its route are the Rocky Mountain National Park, Canyonland National Park, the Dinosaur National Monument, and the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. These parks and the river offer plenty of opportunities for fun and memories.

Rafting trips begin in the Spring. Once the weather begins to warm up the Colorado River swells the access water of the melting snow and makes the perfect conditions for rafting and adventures along the river. The intensity of your adventure will be affected by the time of year and where on the river you decide to take your trip. In May and June, when the snow first begins to melt, the river is more intense and is great for families with teenagers and older children that are ready for an adrenaline rush. By August and September, the river is calmer and there are more spots where you can cruise along leisurely and enjoy the river scenery.

In addition to white water rafting, other activities to include on your outdoor vacation are kayaking, ziplining, and river fly fishing. All of these activities will allow you to spend time outside, on the water and detach the stress and struggle of everyday life.

Rafting trips are a great way to bond with your family and perhaps even inspire a new hobby. Rafting is extremely enjoyable and combined with other activities, will expose your family to a more active and adventurous lifestyle.