by Julie K. Trevelyan

River rafting has a whole host of super coolness that attracts people. From the whitewater rapids to the tall canyon walls to the deep intimacy with our beautiful natural world, a rafting adventure offers bucket loads of fun. We decided to round up a few of our favorite things about rafting trips. On this round we discuss the whitewater part of the trip!

Whitewater rapids are the big attraction for many people on a river rafting adventure. Shoot the rapids, ride the wave, yell and holler over the roller coasters or big drops—it’s what people think of when they think of rafting. Running a rapid can make you feel alive and very much in the moment. Some rapids of note on the rivers of Utah, Colorado, and Idaho include the following biggies:






Big Drops, Cataract Canyon






Hell’s Half Mile, Lodore Canyon






Dagger Falls, Middle Fork Salmon River






Warm Springs Rapid, Yampa River






Skull Rapid, Westwater Canyon




Julie TrevelyanWritten by Julie Trevelyan.

Julie is a freelance writer and wilderness guide in southern Utah. She especially enjoys books, coffee, yoga, wild country, horses, and dark chocolate.