Clean Getaways

by Sarah Tuff

RAFTING THE UPPER COLORADO

Leave from: Denver

The jaunt: Why help clog up the interstate when you can follow the Colorado River all the way from the Centennial State to the Pacific Ocean? But if you don't quite have the time for an Into the Wild–inspired adventure, Geo Tours whisks rafters right from the Denver metro area to a prime stretch of the Colorado riddled with Class II and III rapids. The water's just right for those who want to gape at granite canyons, Douglas fir trees, and wildflowers in between butterfly-inducing whoop-de-dos—but not the full-force, in-your-face terror of some other western rivers. But you still get to brag about conquering rapids with names like Needle Eye and Yarmony.

Your chariot: An inflatable rubber raft

Check into: Your riverside campsite, equipped with a hot shower and access to hiking trails

Geo Tours
Tel: 800 660 7238
Tours run from mid-May to Labor Day: $150 for an overnight trip; from $250 for a multiday trip, including all meals, guide, and spray jackets

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