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Vail Rafting Paddling Tips

Even if you’ve been Vail rafting before, it’s always good to have a refresher on rafting paddling technique before you jump out on the river. At Timberline Tours, our expert guides will give you a briefing before every trip that includes rafting safety tips, and paddling instructions will also be a part of your pre-trip… Read more »

River Rafting Class Ratings Explained

Timberline Tours offers Whitewater Rafting trips down Dowd Chute on the Upper Eagle River in Vail Colorado - photography by Doug Mayhew | WhiteWater-Pix.com

When choosing a Vail rafting trip, it’s helpful to know how Timberline Tours rates the difficulty of each section of river according to a river rafting class ratings system. Simply put, we follow the American Whitewater Association’s International Scale of River Difficulty, which rates river difficulty on a I to VI scale, ranging from Class… Read more »

Vail Rafting Safety

Shoshone Rapid Colorado River

Before going on any Timberline Tours Vail rafting trip, your guide will give an important safety talk and also provide safety instructions throughout the trip, but it’s also helpful to review a few key concepts in advance. Rafting safety is an essential component of any fun and memorable trip, and Timberline’s experienced whitewater rafting guides… Read more »

What to Wear Rafting

Whitewater Rafting Colorado on the Eagle River

If you’ve booked a Vail rafting trip with Timberline Tours, you’re likely wondering what to wear. Well, the quick answer is that what to wear rafting depends on what section of river you’ll be on and at what time of the year. In order to make your clothing selection process as easy as possible, we’ve… Read more »

How Snowmelt Affects Vail Rafting

Snowmelt Affects Vail Rafting

Snow: It’s what makes Vail skiing a blast and Vail rafting a big adventure. In the late-spring, early-summer months of May and June, all of that winter snowpack melts, and the snowmelt feeds into the stretches of whitewater we raft in the Vail area, including Gore Creek, and the Eagle, Colorado, and Arkansas Rivers. When… Read more »