National Geographic Adventure – April 2005


The Adventures of Your Life

Rock the Boat

There are dozens of white-water rivers in the West and, every summer, loads of families on commercial rafting trips float down them. While other rivers like the Middle Fork of the Salmon, are gentler on families with small children, there’s no river that compares with the Colorado for keeping a teenager’s heart racing. World-class outfitter O.A.R.S. ( has been running the Colorado for 35 years and offers a wide range of trips from 5 to 22 days. It takes 17 days to run the entire Grand Canyon : The shorter trips cover just a part of it, while longer excursions allow more time for hiking side canyons and exploring the river’s shoreline.