rafting in colorado

General Information on Rafting in Colorado

FAQ’S & Safety

Trip Safety

MAD Adventures makes every effort to run safe and exciting trips. On most of our trips, you will help paddle the raft with your fellow crewmembers.

We provide safety and instructional talks before each trip and it is your responsibility to follow the instructions given.

All outdoor adventure activities, including whitewater rafting, involve elements of risk. If you have any physical concerns, please consult your physician before rafting with us.

MAD Adventures does not assume liability for personal injuries or death.

You must sign an “acknowledgement of risk participant agreement” form prior to your trip. Click here to read the Participant Agreement. Please let us know if you have any questions. Please note that a legal guardian must sign for minors, no exceptions.

Please know that we cannot allow anyone impaired by drugs, including alcohol, to go on any of our trips. No refund will be made.

As a participating board member for the Colorado River Outfitters Association (CROA) MAD Adventures recommends everyone in your group view the CROA Safety Video prior to arriving at our office.

UPPER COLORADO RIVER RAFTING

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Wear quick drying clothes such as nylon shorts, swimsuit, and T-shirt. A sun hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses can be useful. You might want to bring along rain gear and a sweater or jacket. Cash is handy for souvenirs and refreshments. For cool days and early season, splash jackets, wetsuits, and booties are available for rent. Please note we make every effort to not split up groups between boats, but many factors play into boat assignments and sometimes groups may be split between boats.

CLEAR CREEK RAFTING

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The water on Clear Creek can be cold even when the air temperature is very warm so consider wearing a splash jacket, wetsuit and booties to make the trip more comfortable. On days the water and temperature is warm wear quick drying clothes such as nylon shorts, swimsuit and T-shirt. Bring rain gear, a sweater or jacket, a change of clothes, tennis shoes, a hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses. Cash is handy for souvenirs and refreshments. Early season plan on a wetsuit or the equivalent. Wetsuits, splash jackets and booties are available for rent. Please note we make every effort to not split up groups between boats, but many factors play into boat assignments and sometimes groups may be split between boats.

OVERNIGHT RAFTING

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Mad Adventures will provide you with a dry bag in which to store your gear. You will receive this bag during your check-in and you can transfer your gear into it. Because space on rafts is limited and things can still get wet, avoid packing unnecessary items. Mad Adventures is not responsible for damaged items. Your packing list:

  • Swimsuit or shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Sunglasses with a strap
  • Laced tennis shoes or river sandals that attach securely to your feet
  • Camp shoes (dry shoes not worn on the river)
  • Warm jacket or windbreaker
  • Wool or synthetic sweater
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Long pants (for camp)
  • Rain gear
  • Flashlight
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Toiletries
  • Small Towel
  • Insect Repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Extra cash for last-minute items