Enjoy Whitewater Rafting For Kids of All Ages

White water rafting is about experiencing the outdoors in an exhilarating and unique way. From the scenic views to the blood-pumping rapids, white water rafting is unlike anything else in the world, and is a fantastic way for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages to experience the great outdoors. Rafting can grow with you and once you get a taste, you will be KODI Family for life!

We offer paddle trips (everyone has a paddle and helps out), paddle assist (where we row and kids get to dig in when they want), as well as a full on oar rig where you can sit back and enjoy while your guide does the work.

Different Rapid Classifications

A common misconception is that all white water rafting involves crazy, high-intensity whitewater. This is not the case. In fact, there are 6 different classes of rapids, and several of these make excellent white water rafting for kids

Class I – Easiest

Class I white water is defined as moving water featuring small waves, few obstructions and the easiest to navigate

Class II – Easy

Class II white water features easy rapids with small waves. The river’s path is unobstructed, and very little maneuvering of the raft is required. Channels are wide tend to be easy to navigate. This is a good place to start for young children.  White water rafting for toddlers / children as young as 3 to 4 depending on the flows and river conditions is an option.

Class III – Moderate

Class III white water offers some of the best white water rafting for kids. While the rapids are exciting and at times, even irregular, Class III white water balances adrenaline with safety. Waves are moderately sized, obstacles can easily be avoided. The current is more powerful than lower ratings. Children as young as 6 years and 50 lbs. can participate on certain Class III trips we offer depending on river flows and conditions. 

Class IV – Advanced

Class IV white water feature long, technical rapids that require precise maneuvering in a fast current. Rapids can be longer and passages become more constricted. Precise maneuvering is required. Young adults must be 14 years of age before participating in our Class IV trips. 

Class V – Challenging

Class V white water is the most challenging that is commercially raftable. Rivers are often obstructed by unavoidable obstacles. There are often drops, holes and shoots and is recommended for physically fit individuals. experience is highly recommended. leave this one for the big kids, eighteen years of age and up!

*Class VI – Extreme

Class VI rapids are not commercially raftable. They present extraordinary difficulty with unpredictable outcomes. Don’t worry, we won’t do any rafting of this sort here. 

White Water Rafting Family Vacations

White water rafting is a great addition to any family vacation – we’re often told it was the hi-light of your vacation. It is certainly one way to find yourself on the same level as your teenager and the littles. Rafting is a classic way to create a family bonding experience.

Every paddler is properly outfitted with PFD’s (personal flotation devices), helmets and wetsuits if necessary. Trips will kick off with a safety talk and familiarization session. Kids are just as much a part of the team as adults, and they’re always welcome on KODI trips.

Tips To Remember For White Water Rafting

Family white water rafting trips are experiences your family will remember forever. To make the most of it, here are some brief tips to remember.

1. Prepare for the elements

The weather can change rapidly in the Rockies, so it’s important you’re ready for anything as we depart rain or shine!

2. Dress to get wet

You’ll definitely get wet, so wear quick-drying clothes or synthetics, as cotton gets colder when wet. Don’t worry, we have wetsuits and splash tops we can issue you just to cover the bases.

3. Don’t bring valuables

Leave the expensive jewelry, hats and other accessories in the car. You’re likely to donate them to the river unintentionally while you’re paddling and we want you to yourself instead of wishing you would have backed up all of the photos on your phone. 

Cell phones are also common casualties on white water rafting trips, and we recommend leaving them behind.

4. Hydrate and Fuel

Rafting is a work out, and the sun and elevation can effect everyone differently, so be sure to hydrate and fuel up before-hand.  We don’t stop for snacks and discourage generating potential trash on the river. Full day trips do offer a riverside lunch.

5. Listen to your guide

Your guide has extensive river navigation, rescue and medical training. So help them do their job (which is to keep you safe!) by listening to them at all times.

Get in touch with KODI Rafting if you’re interested in white water rafting for kids. We are convenient to several Colorado towns: 

  • Frisco
  • Buena Vista
  • Breckenridge
  • Denver
  • Idaho Springs
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Brown’s Canyon National Monument Half Day Raft Trip

Raft Browns Canyon National Monument, one of the best sections of whitewater in the country. Enjoy the perfect blend of thrilling rapids and calm water—ideal for families looking for a little excitement.

Group of tourists enjoying Browns canyon whitewater rafting

Brown’s Canyon National Monument Full Day Raft Trip

Hold on tight as you surf the rapids on one of the world’s most popular whitewater rafting trips! Our signature Arkansas River rafting adventure offers the perfect mix of Colorado whitewater and calm water as well as a riverside lunch.

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Upper Colorado River Half Day Raft Trip

A popular trip for children and families, the “Upper C” Half Day raft trip offers mild rapids, spectacular wildflowers, sheer granite canyon walls, and forests of blue spruce and Douglas fir trees. Guides also offer information about the area’s history, flora, and fauna.

Tourist boats going forward while Clear Creek whitewater rafting

Clear Creek One-Third Day Beginner

Great for families and beginners alike, this Idaho Springs rafting trip takes you through a historic mining town on a continuous class II – class III Colorado whitewater adventure. This section of Clear Creek is surrounded by beautiful alpine trees and has rapids ideal for inexperienced paddlers.

Tourist group enjoying Big Bend rafting in Colorado

Blue River Half Day Raft Trip

The Blue River raft trip is what we like to call a “quick hitter” because it gives you an awesome Colorado rafting experience in just one and a half hours of river time.

Duckie Add On

KODI’s Duckie add-on allows you to try your hand at your own kayak, with the ease of being able to swap out from a raft at your leisure.

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Arkansas River Exclusive Raft Trip

Create a private, intimate Colorado rafting trip for you and your party with KODI Rafting’s Arkansas River Exclusive Raft Trip. Join KODI Rafting and enjoy the luxury, convenience, and personalized service of a private rafting adventure.

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Browns Canyon National Monument Overnight Raft Trip

Take your Browns Canyon rafting trip to a new level by making it an overnight experience. Be one of the few to camp along the banks of the Arkansas River in Browns Canyon National Monument.

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Zip and Raft

Book our Zip and Raft the Arkansas River trip for a morning of rafting Colorado’s favorite whitewater followed by an afternoon of ziplining. - two fun, quintessential Colorado activities in one easy, incredible day.

Happy tourist ziplining in the scenic mountainous area

Top of the Rockies Zip Line

Book our Zip and Raft the Arkansas River trip for a morning of ziplining and an afternoon of rafting Colorado’s favorite whitewater. Enjoy two fun, quintessential Colorado activities in one easy, incredible day.

Off-Road Rentals

Raft the Arkansas River and explore Colorado in a jeep rental or side by side rental. Home to the incredible Arkansas River, Four Mile Recreation Area and the Collegiate Peaks. Buena Vista is the perfect home-base to explore Colorado by rafting and ATV rentals. Choose from 2 door or 4 door vehicles.

Tourists enjoying horseriding before class 4 whitewater rafting

Saddle Paddle -Horseback Riding & Rafting

Get the best of both worlds with KODI Rafting’s Saddle Paddle. Pair any of our rafting trips with a horseback ride in the Rockies. Make a full day of your adventure or break it up throughout your stay.

Pedal Paddle – Colorado Bike Rentals

Explore the area like the locals! We love cycling here in Colorado and this is one of the best ways to take in the mountains.  The Pedal Paddle takes you to the top of Vail Pass where you'll coast down the paved trail from the top through Copper Mountain Resort. Pair with any raft trip!

Big Bend Half Day Duckie Trip

Go solo or paddle with a friend in an inflatable one or two-person kayak, also known as a duckie. Big Bend, with its calm water and mild rapids, is the perfect section of the Arkansas River to maneuver your own boat.

Many people come from a long distance to experinece rafting in Colorado and create lifelong memories

Big Bend Half Day Raft Trip

Big Bend is a mild stretch of water on the Arkansas River between Buena Vista and Salida. It passes through farm land, open space, and forests. This section is great if you have young children or are looking for a scenic, mild float with a hint of whitewater.