Adventure travel continues to gain momentum for travelers to destinations in the U.S. and beyond. Of these, mountain climbing, mountain biking and white water rafting rank as three of the many quickly growing adventure sports to choose from. In the U.S. alone, hundreds of rivers from New Hampshire and the Northeast Wyoming, and throughout the West Coast offer diverse opportunities to raft on rivers from Class I to Class VI. Whether you are new to the sport or a veteran on the lookout for something new, the U.S. has plenty to offer in terms of white water adventures. Bill Bailey Travel invites you to come with us as we take a closer look at 3 of the best places to test your skills and your nerves on your next U.S. white water adventure.
Rogue River, Oregon
Located in southwestern Oregon, what the Rogue River lacks in length, it more than makes up for in opportunities for rafters. Making its way westward from the Cascade Mountains to the Pacific, the Rogue River is known for not just it rafting but its beautiful views and its fishing. One of the first rivers designated a wild and scenic river in 1968, it remains one of the most popular for a variety of adventure travelers. Featuring rapids ranging from Class II to V, the Rogue offers a more remote yet no less adventurous white water experience.
Colorado River, Colorado, Utah & Arizona
Perhaps the most well-known and iconic of all American rivers, the mighty Colorado River is over 1,450 feet long and begins in the Rocky Mountains. One of the most important water sources for millions of Americans in addition to wildlife, this river has come to be known as the river of all rivers for white water adventures. With many tributaries and making its way through a number of U.S. cities, the Colorado River is not only great for rafting, but important to survival of nature and society. Some of the best areas for rafting the Colorado include Cataract Canyon and of course, the Grand Canyon, home to some of the most thrilling of all rapids.
Snake River, Idaho
Offering rapids ranging from Class II to Class V, this river is perfect for almost every skill level. Over 1,000 miles in length, the Snake is the largest tributary of the Columbia River. Making its way through the Snake River Plain from Southern Idaho to Oregon and Washington, it even contains segments which are designated a wild and scenic area.
One of the most popular areas for rafting the Snake River is in Hells Canyon. The deepest gorge in the world, Hells Canyon is almost 8,000 feet in height in some places. This area of the river is considered the biggest white water rafting rapids in the Pacific Northwest.
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