Take a look at the following information about what to wear and bring for our different trip options. If you have any further questions, please give our office a call and we would be happy to help with clarification!
What to Wear:
Swimsuit/nylon shorts (avoid cotton because it stays the temperature of the water and keeps you cold)
Shoes that can get wet or secure sandals with heel straps
Wetsuits for spring trips (available for rent)
Wetsuit boots all season (available for rent)
Fleece jacket and fleece socks (not necessary – just provides added warmth if you tend to get cold)
Dress in layers, i.e. t-shirt, sweat shirt and a warm jacket – Please realize we will be gaining a few thousand feet in elevation and weather in Colorado can change very quickly, so come fully prepared for anything, even if it’s sunny and warm!
Warm hat and gloves
Water bottle – the guides will have water, but it will not be accessible at all times.
Sunscreen, hat and/or sunglasses – the higher you go, the closer you are to the sun!
What to Bring On Full and Partial Day Trips
Sun glasses with a strap
Have a warm, dry change of clothes in your vehicle (for after rafting)
What to Bring On Overnight and Multi-day Raft Trips
Warm sleeping bag (rentals available) – For spring trips, it should be rated down to 20 degrees
Sleeping pad or a cot (rentals available)
Tent (rentals available)
Fishing pole & bait if desired (licenses are required and must be obtained on your own)
Warm camp clothes (warm dry clothes to change into after rafting)
Class I, II and III Rivers
Wear quick-drying clothes like nylon shorts and a swimsuit with shoes that can get wet (they must have a strap around the heel, no flip flops or slide on shoes). In spring and on high water trips wool, fleece or any synthetic garment is recommended. These materials stay warm when wet, unlike cotton which stays the temperature of the water. We have wetsuits, fleece and wetsuit boots available for rent in all sizes from small children through large adults (up to 300+ pounds).
Class IV and V Rivers
Wetsuits and wetsuit boots are required and wool, fleece and synthetic jackets and socks are recommended. We recommend you arrive at the trip’s designated meeting location with a swimsuit under your clothes so you can easily slide the wetsuit over your swimsuit. Overnight trips require camping equipment (tent, 10 degree sleeping bag, pad or cot if desired – high quality rentals available) and personal gear (warm camp clothes, extra fleece jacket, rain gear, bug spray, toiletries, extra socks, warm jacket, hiking boots/shoes, warm hat, gloves…). Don’t forget your waterproof camera, eye glass straps, water bottle, sun glasses, sunscreen, lip balm and a sun hat as well as your sense of humor and adventure!
More Detailed Instructions
On our Colorado trips:
A wetsuit package is recommended on spring trips through June on rafts and mid-July on inflatable kayaks (being that the water is only six hours old, previously being snow!). Wetsuit boots are recommended all season long.
On our Utah trips:
Wetsuits and wetsuit boots are recommended for April and October trips.
On our Arizona trips:
Wetsuits and wetsuit boots are recommended on raft trips from March to Mid-April and on inflatable kayak trips through April.
We also recommend you bring a waterproof camera, eye glass straps, water bottle, sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm and a sun hat along with your sense of adventure!
Rentals (Reserve in Advance)
Wetsuit & Wetsuit Boots – $15/day
Wetsuit Boots – $5/day
Fleece Jacket – $7/day
Wetsuit, Boots, and Fleece – $20/day
Tent – $10/night
Sleeping Bag – $15/night
Pad or Cot – $5/night
Our Rental Guarantee for all our trips where wetsuits are not required – if you feel that the wetsuit was not needed, we refund your rental money in full!