What is something you have never done, but have always wanted to do? Maybe it’s something adventurous or even dangerous. Are you crazy about the outdoors or a die-hard nature lover? As many as 77% of Americans consider outdoor recreation an important part of their lives. Whether you are a thrill-seeker who craves adventure or someone just getting into sports and the outdoors, white water rafting should be the next thing you check off your bucket list. Currently, about 28% of Americans participate in, or are interested in, white water rafting. If you are a photographer or simply appreciate the natural beauty found here in the United States, you need to check out some white water rafting on Colorado River expeditions.
Rafting trips on the Colorado River take you through the most scenic sites in Arizona, including the Grand Canyon. Did you know that the Colorado River actually cuts right through schist, a rock that is 1.75 billion years old? Evidence indicates that the river broke out of the west end of the canyon around five million years ago. If, like a number of people, your bucket list includes seeing the Grand Canyon, you will be killing two birds with one stone! A white water rafting trip will certainly be an adventure you will never forget, and the beauty of the area is sure to inspire you.
If you’ve never gone rafting before, the following lists will help you prepare for your trip. Consider it a beginner’s guide to “white water rafting on Colorado River trips”.
Your White Water Rafting Gear Checklist
- Swimsuit (if you are not planning to wear a wetsuit)
- Sunscreen and a hat (even on a cloudy day)
- Water shoes that will not fall off your feet, or sneakers you don’t mind getting wet
- Zip-lock bags (if you are taking something with you that cannot get wet)
- Towel (leave on land)
- Change of clothes (leave on land)
- Bottle of water
- Sunglasses (make sure they are strapped on tight!)
- Waterproof or underwater camera (optional)
What Not To Bring
- Avoid cotton clothing as it gets cold when wet
- Flip-flops or sandals that will come off easily
- Hooded ponchos; they are a safety hazard
- Jewelry or delicate clothing items
- Expensive camera
- Do not bring your cellphone, keys, or wallet on the craft