Whitewater Blog Tag: raft trips

Sorry Folks… Park’s Closed

It’s that time of year… time to clean and store all the gear in preparation for winter. We are all finished up for the 2016 rafting season.

And so as the Moose should’ve told us at the gate, “Sorry Folks… Park’s Closed”.

Thanks to everyone who joined us on an adventure, we you hope you left with some memorable stories to share with family and friends.

Here are some sweet photos from the season.

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February Snowpack Update

2016 continues to be a great El Nino winter for Southwest Colorado. According to the Snotel Data site, the San Miguel, Dolores, Animas and San Juan River Basins are at 128% of average snow water equivalent as of February 4. One of the tributaries to the Animas River, Cascade Creek, is currently at 140%. This means we are looking forward to a solid river rafting season starting this May.

Don’t delay, book your rafting trip today, use the promo codes to receive early season discounts of 10-15% when you pay in full during checkout.

2016 Preseason Discounts

Rafting No Name Rapid, Upper Animas

Take advantage of our 2016 preseason discounts when  you book your raft trip before the end of February!

Happy New Year from Durango and the team at 4 Corners Whitewater. Winter is in full swing here in the San Juans and the snow is piling up! We know some of you out there are already making plans for next summer so we would like to  let you know that we are offering some great preseason deals on select trips. Please visit this link for further details. Looking forward to getting on the water with you in 2016.

 

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2015 End of Season

We are done running trips for the 2015 season.  It was a great year of whitewater!  We would like to thank everyone who joined us for a trip this summer.  Please come back and visit next year.

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Durango Rafting Video

Here’s a quick little edit I put together of some footage we shot last summer. This short video shows all the rafting options that we offer.  Join us next summer for family friendly or high adventure rafting in Durango and Telluride, Colorado.

 

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Perfect rafting conditons in August!

Hallelujah!!! Monsoon season arrived with a punch in 2013. The Animas River is currently running 766 cfs. This is well above average for this time of year making the current rafting conditions perfect. Below are some video clips and photos from some trips over this weekend. Join us on our Lower Animas family friendly trip or on our high adventure Raft’n Rail package through Rockwood Box.

Liz McLaughlin running the meat of Smelter Rapid on Sunday August 11

Liz McLaughlin running the meat of Smelter Rapid on Sunday August 11

Here’s a clip of Ryan and his crew dropping into Rockwood Box on Saturday

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Which Whitewater Experience is Right for you?

Whitewater activities are an experience of a lifetime. They create an environment of excitement that gets your adrenaline pumping. If you have never ventured out of your comfort zone to get into the water, this summer is the perfect opportunity. How do you decide which whitewater experience is right for you?

Rafting, kayaking, stand-up paddling are some of the most popular and trendy water sports. All of the types are different and require different types of skills, so sometimes it’s best to get a feel for each one
to learn what best suits you.

Rafting can involve water with rough and large rapids, or calmer water with minimal rapids. This is a great adventure if you have a good amount of people that want to participate. Guides are there to help you enjoy the experience and learn how to properly paddle. They can also make your trip challenging or relaxing with just with a few different strokes of a paddle.

Kayaking is great for getting a good view of the area around you. You can kayak single or in tandem, exploring different waters. This can be relaxing or exhilarating, depending on the type of water course you choose to take. Kayaking is the most popular form of canoeing.

Stand-up paddling is an emerging sport that comes from the Hawaiian heritage. It began as a way for surfing instructors to manage large groups while teaching them how to surf. Today it is more of a hobby and a sport, generating a great workout at the same time. This requires a lot of balance and core skills and you can stand-up paddle with quite a few people. An instructor will be able to help you figure out when to stand up and how to get yourself going.

Canoeing is another whitewater experience that is easy to enjoy. It requires the skills necessary to raft as it engages every part of your body. It requires a single-bladed paddle, and is quite similar to kayaking. Canoeing can be made an easy sport on a calm river, or a difficult one if you paddle down extreme expeditions. Canoeing is gaining more popularity because it has a higher difficult level requiring more technical skill.

Those are four of the most popular water sports that people experience over the hot summer months. Starting off simple and gaining a better education for each sport will benefit you greatly as you grow as a whitewater enthusiast. All of these provide you with an adventure unlike other sports while providing you with a great body work out.

About the Author:
Rolling Thunder River Company is pleased to bring you this article on which whitewater activity is best for you. Rolling Thunder specializes in Nantahala rafting and Ocoee rafting, and offer a wide variety of water sports. If you are interested, check out their website today.

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