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Old 06-03-2013, 10:29 PM
 
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I disagree. Go rafting on one of the best Colorado excursions out there... Brown's Canyon on the Arkansas River between Salida and Canon City. You can even blast through a Class 4 Sidel's Suck Hole... just do it in an oar boat. Let the guide take care of the oars and let the kids paddle away and you grab them and see they stay in the raft through the white stuff.

That's what I think.
I agree, the Arkansas is the best river for rafting in Colorado!
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Old 06-04-2013, 03:50 AM
 
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Here is a "mild" rafting trip through Glenwood Canyons. They don't have an agent limit, but the kids do have to be 35+ pounds.

I have rafted through the canyon, and it is very mild. More like a float. If it were me, I would save the money. Drive through the canyon instead. It's a pretty cool stretch of highway. You could hit the sights in Glenwood Springs with the money saved.
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Old 06-04-2013, 10:46 AM
 
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Here is a "mild" rafting trip through Glenwood Canyons. They don't have an agent limit, but the kids do have to be 35+ pounds.

I have rafted through the canyon, and it is very mild. More like a float. If it were me, I would save the money. Drive through the canyon instead. It's a pretty cool stretch of highway. You could hit the sights in Glenwood Springs with the money saved.
We may do that the next day. I want to give my kids some hands-on action and bond-building activities with mom and dad.
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Old 06-04-2013, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Georgetown,TX
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We took our 5 year old rafting on the Gunnison river, from Almont to Gunnison. As a 6 year old we took him on the Taylor river from a few miles south of Taylor lake to Almont. Both trips he had friends the same age and two friends one year older. Of course there were two boats and all parents aboard. It highly depends on river flow, but both these trips were about Class II, with some mild rapids and a lot of floating/paddling. The kids all loved it, and very scenic!

Both times we used Scenic River Tours out of Gunnison, and I would recommend them. Professional, fun, and interactive with all.

As another bonding event, you may consider summiting one of the easier 14ers. You get to share with your child the sense of determination, and a great accomplishment. And, it builds a memory for a lifetime when they do it at a young age. Pick an easy one to start with, for example Huron in the Sawatch Range. Peruse them all here: 14ers
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Old 06-04-2013, 05:11 PM
 
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Thank you everyone for the great info. We are now leaning towards the Durango, CO area, with the Lower Animas River. This allows us to do a full day of rafting and the next day do a full day of railroad.

But still looking at all options.
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Old 07-04-2013, 05:16 AM
 
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It will be pretty unwise to take your kids on rafting trips as they are too young for that. so its wise to go somewhere else where it ll be less dangerous.
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Old 07-04-2013, 07:27 PM
 
Location: SW Kansas
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I went rafting in Canon City last weekend. We did the Big Horn Sheep Canyon with Royal Gorge Rafting. We had a great time! I think it would be fine for your children.
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Old 07-04-2013, 10:41 PM
 
Location: The 719
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I agree with Chele! Plus 5 to you.

Madadventures, no soup for you! But welcome to City-Data.

If you think something is too unsafe for the children, then don't do it.

I'd agree that rafting is very dangerous depending on the guide, the conditions, the experience of the other paddlers etc. But on an oar boat? Get real.
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Old 07-07-2013, 11:14 AM
 
Location: CO
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Granted, it would be hot in July but Horsethief & Ruby Canyons outside Grand Junction would be fine for ages 1 - 100. Classic 'floater'.
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Old 07-07-2013, 11:20 AM
 
Location: The 719
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Or I suppose that Wii has a rafting game port and android probably has an app. for that.

Why go outside at all? There's nasty bugs out there and it's too hot. :WAA! Icon:
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