If this is your first-time whitewater rafting, you probably have a lot of questions. We’ve assembled our most commonly asked questions for you to review at your leisure.

Please give us a call if you have any other questions or if there is anything else we can do to make your KODI raft trip easy and stress-free.

KODI Rafting prides itself on providing family-focused, exciting, and adventurous trips for people of all ages. From mild float trips on the Upper Colorado River to class II – class IV whitewater on Clear Creek, Ten Mile Creek, and The Arkansas River, we can help select the perfect trip for you.

We’re not a huge company, and that’s the way we want to keep it. This ensures our guests get personalized attention every step of the way.

Owners Dave and Amy McGrath are committed to facilitating exploration of Colorado’s rivers with an emphasis on the safety. They believe in providing KODI guests with not only an exciting whitewater experience, but a safe one.

No way! Most of our full day trips get you on the water at 9:30 am or 10 am and off the river by about 3:30 pm. This includes an hour for lunch in-between. A full day trip is the best way to truly enjoy the beauty and excitement of the river.

When choosing a trip for you and your group, you’ll need to consider the level of adventure and minimum age for your group. When booking a trip, please realistically recognize everyone’s ability within your group.

Yes. KODI provides transportation to and from the river from each designated outpost. However, if you’re looking for a lift from your condo or hotel, we can usually arrange a shuttle for an additional fee.

Avoid cotton, jeans, and long pants if possible. Comfortable, quick-drying clothing is great. Any outdoor gear such as neoprene, polypropylene, wool, or fleece is best.

You’ll also want to bring hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, and tennis shoes (that you don’t mind getting wet) or rubber-soled, attachable sport sandals (no flip-flops or Croc’s).

KODI Rafting also offers wetsuits, booties, and splash tops. Wetsuits are farmer johns and splash tops are heavy duty rain jackets designed for the river. On our full day trips, wetsuits rent for $10, booties for $5, and splash tops for $5. You can also rent the full set for $17. On half day trips, wetsuits rent for $5, splash tops for $3, and booties for $3. The full set goes for $10.

A raft trip with your children has a special meaning for the entire family. We can specially design a trip for your family with meals and staff just for children. Our Beginner raft trips are for children as young as three, while our Intermediate raft trips take children seven years and older.

Having the whole family together can be very rewarding. But, if you’ve got a variety of ages and tastes in your family and not everyone wants to do the same thing, we can arrange different trips for different family members.

KODI Rafting’s staff has a combined 50 years of experience guiding guests down the rivers of Arizona, Colorado, California, Tennessee, West Virginia, Mexico, Costa Rica, and more.

All of our guides have gone through an extensive training program required by the State of Colorado.

At KODI Rafting, however, training doesn’t stop because regulations say so. We continue training throughout the season. All full-time guides are also strongly encouraged to participate in a swiftwater rescue and recovery class.

Yes! Just tell our reservations agent about your needs, and we’ll be happy to cater to them.

Reservations are not required but highly recommended. A reservation will guarantee we can get you on the trip you want, when you want it. Walk-ins are always welcome based on availability.

If it’s not waterproof, we highly recommend you don’t bring your phone along because it will get as wet as you do.

On most rivers, there is a photo company providing digital photos of you going through rapids. These photos are generally available at our outpost after the trip. If not, you’ll be able to view your photos online at a later date.

We ask that you arrive at your designated outpost 30 minutes prior to the trip departure time.

All trips leave as scheduled, rain or shine. In extreme circumstances, KODI may alter the scheduled trip.

You’ll enjoy a hot pasta lunch on all of our full day trips. Along with cheese tortellini accompanied by either a tomato-based or pesto sauce, your riverside lunch includes a veggie platter for an appetizer, bread sticks, and coleslaw. We’ll also have lemonade and water to quench your thirst. Don’t worry, we’ll pack cookies, too.

Yes. There is a 9% land and water fee added to each trip. Guide gratuities, photos from your trip, and optional rental equipment are also additional charges.

Yes! Gratuities for guides are accepted and always greatly appreciated.

This really depends on the river and trip you choose. KODI Rafting uses different sized boats for different rivers so the number of rafters per boat varies. However, most rafts sit seven guests plus a guide.

Whitewater rafting, like any outdoor adventure activity, does pose inherent risks. Although safety cannot be guaranteed, all of KODI’s guides make your safety their number one priority.

Choosing which way to go down the river depends upon how much interaction you and your group want.

If you’re looking for a relaxing day in the outdoors, an oar boat, where the guide does all the rowing, is best. If you’re looking for a challenge and want to be a part of a team that maneuvers the raft through the rapids, then a paddle boat is for you.

Want something in-between relaxing and challenging? Then try the paddle assist.

For safety reasons, most children under the age of 12 will not paddle due to their size.

Rivers and the individual rapids on them are rated on a scale of difficulty from class I to class VI.

Class I – Easy. Moving water with no significant waves or obstacles.

Class II – Straightforward rapids with wide, clear channels. Rapids are regular and occasional maneuvering may be required.

Class III – Irregular waves and narrow channels. Maneuvering is often required.

Class IV – Intense, powerful rapids requiring precise boat handling in turbulent water. Quick and complex maneuvering is often needed.

Class V – Extremely long, obstructed, and very violent rapids. Drops are large with unavoidable waves, making maneuvering very difficult. Moves must be precise.

Class VI – Virtually impassable. Extremely difficulty, unpredictable, and dangerous. Consequences of errors are severe.

The rivers we run vary in difficulty depending on river flow. In general, spring snowmelt brings higher water and higher levels of difficulty. As water levels recede throughout the summer, our rivers generally become slightly less difficult.

If a reservation is cancelled 14 days before your scheduled trip, a $10 per person administrative fee is charged. Within 14 days, guests are subject to a 50% charge. As rafting trips require advanced preparation, no refunds will be given for cancellations made within one week of a scheduled trip.

If a group cancels within 30 days of a trip, a 50% refund is given. Full payment for groups of 10 or more is due 2 weeks prior to the scheduled trip. There are no refunds for cancellations of groups of 10 or more within 2 weeks of a scheduled trip.