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Colorado River, Utah
Primarily fed by snowmelt from the Colorado Rockies, this multi-day, 100-mile section of the Colorado River has rapids ranging from class three to five. In the “Big Drops” section the river drops 30 feet in less than a mile, as you take in the dramatic, multicolored canyons of Canyonlands National Park.
Penobscot River, Maine
In the shadow of Katahdin, Maine’s tallest peak, the Penobscot will get your heart pumping from the first spalsh. With class III-V rapids like Exterminator, Staircase, and The Cribworks, the Penobscot satisfies double black diamond cravings through the warm months. If you’re feeling really tough tackle the triple crown of Maine rafting: the Dead, Penobscot, and Kennebec Rivers.
North Country Rivers
Hudson River, New York
Each spring Adirondack snowmelt pours into the river by the gallon, making this the most thrilling time to take on the rapids. If you’re lucky enough to get him, a guide named Buzz Saw provides some comic relief on the trip. In his green monster helmet, he promises to get rafters soaked and make them scream. Bonus: organize a group of eight or more and earn a free trip!
West River, Vermont
Raft class three and four rapids near southern Vermont’s Stratton Mountain Resort. Zoar’s trips run through September, when the leaves transform and views of Vermont foliage can be seen from the raft.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Enjoy views of the Tetons through eight miles of the Snake River Canyon. If the class two and three rapids sound too gentle, opt for the small boat experience, in which you’ll be closer to the water, and guaranteed to get soaked.
Lewis and Clark Rafting
Whistler, British Columbia
Gaze up at the snow-capped Coast Mountains while you bounce and wind through The Green River’s gentle rapids. A great trip for families and beginners who want to experience a different side of Whistler Resort.
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Colorado River, Vail, Colorado
The most hardcore class five in the state of Colorado, and one of the three most technical raft trips in the United States, braving Gore Canyon requires a swim test, high level of physical fitness and adventurous spirit. With 12-foot drops and two portages, the river offers a challenge to even the most experienced rafters. When your stomach stops churning, look forward to a barbeque lunch at the takeout.