Best Whitewater Rafting Adventures For The Outdoor Enthusiast
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Best Whitewater Rafting Adventures For The Outdoor Enthusiast

adventure travel , Colorado , maine , Montana , new mexico , North Carolina
Leah Freeman-Haskin
Leah Freeman-Haskin Sep 2, 2020

Spend the day in nature with a thrilling outdoor adventure. These whitewater rafting excursions are known for providing scenic backdrops, trips for various levels and hours of fun and excitement.

1. Buena Vista, Colorado

Browns Canyon Rafting offers white water rafting, inflatable kayaking, and other activities for first-time rafters all the way up to the adrenaline thrill seeker. Each adventure includes world-class whitewater, free wetsuits, splash top, and river shoe rentals, and a fresh and delicious deli-style lunch. Half-day excursions start around $71 per adult.

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2. Gardiner, Montana

Wild West Rafting in Yellowstone National Park offers some of the best whitewater rafting trips in the country. You can expect Class II and III rapids – perfect for a little adventure. You’ll also have a great chance to see plenty of wildlife such as deer, elk, osprey, bald eagles, and more. Half day experiences start around $52 for adults.

3. Taos, New Mexico

River enthusiasts visiting the town of Taos, New Mexico have multiple opportunities for rafting in Taos and the majestic canyons of Northern New Mexico. According to their website, no rafting company in New Mexico has more experience whitewater rafting in the Santa Fe and Taos area than Los Rios River Runners. Enjoy the scenic waters of the Rio Grande the San Juan Mountains and the Sangre de Cristos, a southern spur of the Rocky Mountains. Half-day trips start around $54 for adults.

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4. Bryson City, North Carolina

Rolling Thunder River Company has been entertaining families and thrill seekers

for 40+ years on the Nantahala, Ocoee, and Toccoa rivers. You can choose between three different river experiences including Nantahala River rafting trips that alternate between calm spells of sparkling flat water to over 20 named whitewater rapids. Each river has different schedules and pricing starting at $42 per adult.

5. The Forks, Maine

Whitewater Rafting Maine’s rivers is one of the most fun things to do in New England. Since 1997, Three Rivers Whitewater has been offering unforgettable experiences on the Kennebec, Dead, and Penobscot Rivers. Adventures range from “mild to wild” to accommodate every skill level. Costs vary, but a 12-mile rafting trip on the Kennebec River starts at $97 and includes a mid-trip snack, a post-trip meal, and a post-trip video and photo presentation of the trip with the option to purchase.