United States whitewater rafting adventures for cooler summer

By Stef Zisovska
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Whitewater rafting is one of the most famous watersports in many parts of the United States due to the great rivers that the country has in almost every corner. All adventurers who fancy this extremely active, fun and adrenaline-boosting sport already know the best spots in the country. The positive thing about whitewater rafting is that it is not exclusively reserved for professional rafters, but for everyone who’s willing to try and is not scared of the mighty rivers. If you have no experience at all, make sure you go with experienced individuals who can teach you how to behave on the raft and what to do in an emergency situation. Here are the best whitewater rafting adventures in the United States.

Colorado River, Arizona

A rafting party on the Colorado River – Author: Michael Quinn – CC BY-SA 2.0

Rafting through the challenging waters of Colorado River will provide you with stunning views of the Grand Canyon that you’ve only seen in documentaries. The local rafting companies offer trips that can last from a couple of hours to two weeks. Depending on what is that you want to do and how prepared you feel, you can decide which tour is the best for you. If you are a beginner rafter, then you should purchase a one-day tour that will take you through second- and third-class rapids with experienced instructors, while the ones who have developed rafting skills can go up to level four. Enjoy the orange cliffs of Grand Canyon and get ready for a memorable adventure.

Gauley River, West Virginia

A paddler runs Iron Ring rapid on the Upper Gauley – Author: Wwkayaker22 – CC-BY 3.0

For all of you ready to ride five-plus rapids, Gauley River is the best deal. The whitewater rafting adventure in West Virginia stretches for 35 miles. Gauley has some of the most technically difficult rapids in the country that not everybody can ride. The remote scenery to the adventure is another plus for all the adrenaline addicts that come to witness more than 100 top-class rapids. Trying your strength with this majestic river is an experience that you will never forget.

Salmon River, Idaho

The Middle Fork of the Salmon River is a section of the river with more than 300 rapids that receive visits every day. The state of Idaho’s stunning scenery contributes to the beauty of the granite canyons that provide incredible whitewater rafting conditions for all classes. In case you get tired of the rafting adventure, go for a hike in the surrounding area for some wildlife spotting. The animals that can be seen in the region are black bears, bighorn sheep, moose, and mountain lions.

Rogue River, Oregon

Rafting Mule Creek Canyon on the lower Rogue – Author: nwrafting – CC-BY 2.0

Rogue River is another whitewater giant, running from the Cascade Mountains to the Pacific Ocean in the southwest section of Oregon. This picturesque river is framed between green canyons that give the entire area a spectacular look. All-level rafters are welcomed to try their luck here and go home exhausted but with a smile on their faces. The most visited rapids on Rogue River are Rainie Falls (class 4), Upper and Lower Black Bar Falls (class 3+), and Blossom Bar (class 4-5). If you are interested in a day trip and you want to improve your skills, then visit Argo Rapids (class 2) and enjoy the views of eagles and herons that live in the area.

Arkansas River, Colorado and Arkansas

Rafting on the Arkansas River, Colorado, USA – Author: Redmarkviolinist

Arkansas River is a large beast among the whitewater rafting, stretching from Colorado to Arkansas and passing through Kansas and Oklahoma. This river is not something to play with, so take it seriously and prepare yourself mentally and physically for the rafting. Although the most popular rapids Zoom Flume and the Big Drop are second and third class, you can’t underestimate the power of this mighty river. Here you can choose between a half, full, and multiple-day trips, all guided by professional whitewater rafters that will guarantee your total security.

Nenana River, Alaska

Nenana River, Healy, Alaska, United States – Author: Diego Delso – CC BY-SA 4.0

The challenging whitewater rapids of Nenana River are mostly rated as class 4, which means that you should go there only if you really know what you’re doing. The river offers an amazing 10-mile stretch of rapids that make the area the most popular whitewater rafting spot in Alaska. Denali Outdoor Center is an adventure company that will help you find the best rafting tour for you and your friends. If you want to jump into a full-body workout adventure while observing golden eagles, then Nenana River in Alaska is the best place to be.

Many of us will agree that this sport is a super attractive, mind-awakening, and muscle-building activity that has dangerous sides as well. No matter how experienced or not you are, you should try some of these river rapids and feel the real power of the nation’s waters. Respect nature, travel as much as you can, and discover the beauties of your country. Enjoy and good luck!

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