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Rafting Season: Mid-May to Mid-August
Children are not all the same and water conditions vary, so please feel free to call us if you have questions about taking your children rafting. Under most water conditions on the Arkansas River, we recommend that children be 8 years or older to raft Brown's Canyon, the Narrows, or Bighorn Sheep Canyon and 16 years old to raft the Royal Gorge or the Numbers.
We recommend paddle boats. Paddle boats are the most popular choice because they are more participatory than oar boats. On paddle boats, you act as crew by paddling while your guide acts as captain, calling the commands necessary to navigate the boat. Your guide "reads" the river and maneuvers the boat so the river current does most of the work. This means that people of average physical condition, even if they are first-time rafters, can raft on paddle boats. On oar boats, we rig a metal frame to the raft and the guide rows you down the river. Choice of paddle or oar boats should be made at the time of your reservation.
Five to seven customers plus the guide is optimum boat loading. If you have a group of eight, we can do two boats of four people each or, if you all want to go on the same boat, we can do an eight-load in Brown's Canyon.
Although raft dates usually offer good water flow and pleasant weather, conditions on the river can vary, so come prepared. On the river, wear clothes that dry quickly, such as swimsuits or light shorts and shirts of synthetic material. Avoid cotton clothes, especially jeans. Bring waterproof sunscreen, a hat and a piece of string to tie your hat to your lifejacket so that your hat does not blow away. Eyeglasses and sunglasses should be secured with a strap. (We sell hats and Chums eyeglass straps at our office.)
Wetsuits and neoprene booties are available for rent at our office. Wetsuits are $5.00 the first day you rent them and $2.50 the second day you rent them. Booties are $3.00 the first day you rent them and $1.50 the second day you rent them. Rain gear is FREE for all trips.
Lunch is included on all one-day trips. Lunch is an all-you-can-eat deli-style buffet. You make your own sandwiches so you can choose exactly what you want to eat. Lunch includes high quality bread, turkey, salami, salmon salad, swiss and pepperjack cheeses, peanut butter, jelly, lettuce, tomatoes, onion, mayonnaise, brown and yellow mustard, sweet and dill pickles, two kinds of fresh fruit, chips, cookies, soda pop, and bottled water.
If you are a vegetarian or have special dietary requirements, please advise us when you book your trip.
Lunch is available on half-day trips for $10.00 extra per person. Please request lunch on your half-day trip when you make your reservation.
Acquired Tastes uses state-of-the-art 13- and 14-foot self-bailing rafts. All of our boats have foot cones glued to the floor so our guests can sit with both feet inside of the boat. Because they feel secure, our guests have the confidence to really enjoy their trip. We furnish America's Cup life jackets, rain gear and helmets as part of your trip. Helmets are optional on Brown's Canyon, Bighorn Sheep Canyon and Narrows trips. Helmets are required on Numbers and Royal Gorge trips.
Our customers frequently compliment us on how professional, skilled, and personable our guides are. We train our own rafting guides so we have control over the quality of training our guides receive. Rather than doing the minimum amount of training required by the State of Colorado, we focus on training fewer guides extremely well. We only bring people into our training program who we feel will share our commitment to providing the highest quality rafting trips in Colorado.
Although we work hard to ensure that our guests have a safe and enjoyable trip, whitewater rafting is an adventure sport and you participate at your own risk. Please be aware you will be required to sign a liability waiver for yourself and for your children before your trip.
Many of our customers not only come back to raft with us year after year, but they also recommend us to their friends, relatives and co-workers. Our satisfied customers are our best source of advertising and we take pride in making each trip a quality experience.