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If you're looking for an adrenaline-fueled, warm-weather activity, you may want to heed the advice of recent visitors and book a river rafting and tubing trip. Not only does Vail Village boast its own whitewater park, but there are also a variety of Class I to Class V river trips on the nearby Eagle, Colorado and Arkansas rivers.
If you're traveling with kids and looking for a mild ride that doesn't require much skill, stick to Vail's Whitewater Park or the upper Colorado River. For a little more action and maneuvering, consider the middle Eagle and upper Colorado rivers. Experienced paddlers looking for a challenge may want to tackle the middle and lower Eagle River, Brown's Canyon, Shoshone or Gore Creek, which offer medium waves, 3- to 5-foot drops and more maneuvering. Consider yourself an advanced rafter? Gore Creek, Edwards Mile, Dowd Shute, upper Eagle and The Numbers will require some sharp maneuvers over the large waves, long rapids and considerable drops. The Class V rapids (Pine Creek, The Numbers and Gore Canyon) are best left to the experts as large waves and rocks can be very dangerous for inexperienced passengers.
Tagging along on a guided tour is the best way to experience the rapids. Sage Outdoor Adventures, Timberline Tours and AVA Colorado Rafting are all popular companies recommended by recent travelers. Trips are generally offered from May to October and last a minimum of four hours. Some trips have a minimum age requirement; Class I or Class II (the milder trips) generally require children be at least 2 years old. Prices can vary too, but you should expect to pay at least $50 for children 6 and younger and $90 for adults. Visit each company's website for more details.
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