A healthy winter snowpack has set Colorado up for perfect rafting conditions. After a slow start to the white water rafting season, RMOC is now open to all guests under strict guidelines from the state.
To keep guests safe, we require masks on buses, limit the number of people on each boat, sanitize gear, and more. We also offer private raft trips, where the only people in your trip are those in your social bubble, or “quaranteam,” as we like to call it.
These precautions aside, experts are increasingly confident the coronavirus spreads much more readily indoors than outdoors, making outdoor recreation one of the safest activities in which one can engage. Additional studies have also shown that warmer temperatures aid in the reduction of transmission rates, making the warm months of June, July, and August ideal times to get outdoors.
This being said, an RMOC raft trip on the Arkansas River is an ideal way to get outside and cure the COVID blues, of which many of us are looking to remedy. Here are some of our favorite reasons for taking a raft trip for the benefit of the mind and body.
The Great Outdoors
A day outdoors is excellent for the mind, body, and soul. What better way to be outdoors than in a raft? Being outdoors is a way for you to soak up the sun and take in nothing but deep breaths of fresh air.
Ditch the (COVID) Stress
Rafting provides an escape from reality. The quietness of nature lets you relax and leave all your worries behind. When the water is smooth and slow, you can bask in this moment of peace. And yet, when the river speeds up, you’ll reduce stress through the exercise required to paddle.
A Distraction From all Things Digital
It’s hard to completely disconnect from the outside world—especially during COVID. But on the river, digital distractions and the constant barrage of media slip away, and you find yourself more “in the moment” than you’ve been in a very long time.
At the time of this post, water temps are rising and—depending on which section of river—the Arkansas River is running between 1,330 and 1,500 CFS, ideal conditions for those wanting rapids and others looking for a mellow float.
It’s this variety that makes the Arkansas River the country’s most popular rafting destination. Sections such as the Royal Gorge and the Numbers offer some of the country’s most technical boating challenges, while families can choose mild float trips on different sections of the river with an easy riverside lunch.
Ready to get back out there? Book your Arkansas River raft trip with RMOC today!