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Visit our office in downtown Estes Park. It's the red log cabin just off Bond Park, caddy corner from Dairy Queen
Let's talk about the Weather Forecast
So you want to pick a warm, sunny day for your trip - we want the same for you. Our recommendation:
If it’s sunny now, go now!
Don’t look at the Estes Park forecast. The river is closer to Fort Collins or Kremmling where you will find it’s quite a bit warmer because of the drop in altitude.
Don’t book based on the forecast 2-6 days into the future. How accurate is your forecast at home? Exactly. The mountains make it even harder to predict. They get reasonably close for today and maybe tomorrow, after that? It’ll change several times a day.
If you look at any given week, they'll put a 30% chance of rain into the forecast nearly every day. Then they are never really wrong! They’re saying “It’s not likely to rain, but then it just might.” See? They’re always right!
What Should You Bring?
We Provide: Transportation from Estes Park to the river All necessary rafting gear Safety equipment One terrific, experienced certified guide per boat River shuttles Lunch on the full day trip
You Bring: It's usually 10-15 degrees warmer at either river than in Estes Park
- Clothes and shoes that can get wet (shoes are required - no flip flops) - Nylon shorts or swimwear - avoid cotton - Sunglasses with a strap - Sunscreen and a rain jacket (it never rains when you're prepared) - A towel - Dry clothes for the return on the full day trip or early in the season on the Poudre - Snacks and beverages if you like (bottled water is a good idea) - A boatload of fun people!
Need Gear? We have wet shoes, sunglasses and glasses straps for sale in our downtown Estes Park office at 161 Virginia Drive. Wet shoes are $10, sunglasses are $15 and glasses straps are $3-$4 - all prices include tax. And of course we have rafting t-shirts. (We do NOT sell these items at the river.)
Our trips are conducted on public lands under special permit from the United States Bureau of Land Management.
We are an equal opportunity employer and provider, authorized by special use permit on the Roosevelt National Forest.
Our trips meet at the Estes Park High School. Click on the map to the right to enlarge it.
The U.S. Forest Service regulates the number of rafters per trip. During peak season we run at capacity, so reservations are encouraged. Payment is required in advance for all trips so we know how many boats and guides we'll need. We don't want to leave you behind!
All trips depart from the Estes Park High School (that's right, you're not in the city anymore - there's only one in town)
Cancellation/refund policy: We go rain or shine. We take payment at time of reservation. We run at capacity most of the season and turn away others to hold the space for you. We reserve the space for you - you in turn agree to pay for the trip.All money is fully refundable if we are advised of the cancellation at least 7 days prior to the trip.Within 7 days of the trip, we will refund your money if given enough advance notice to resell the space. A $5/person rebooking fee applies to cover credit card processing fees, etc. No refund applies if the space is not resold.
Absolutely no refunds if you just don’t show up for the trip. We turn away paying customers to hold the space for you. Additionally, drivers, guides and meals are prearranged based on your being on the trip. These costs cannot be recouped. Thank you for understanding.
Extras: Photos of your adventure, t-shirts, hats and souvenirs are available for purchase
Limits of liability: Rapid Transit Rafting will take every possible precaution to ensure a safe trip. However, certain hazards exist when whitewater rafting. Rapid Transit Rafting and its employees cannot assume responsibility for personal safety or damage to property. You will be asked to sign a waiver before rafting.