Mark Hammer, river guide and owner of The Adventure Co. in Colorado, suggests asking these questions to ensure a white-water rafting trip is fun, safe, and memorable. www.theadventurecompany.com
TELL ME ABOUT YOUR GUIDES.
Experienced guides make a world of difference. It takes years to master the skill of guiding commercial rafts in white water.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN BUSINESS?
Longevity comes from satisfied customers. Travel review websites can provide firsthand reports and helpful advice.
HOW DO YOU CHOOSE AND MAINTAIN YOUR EQUIPMENT?
Clean, well-kept rafts, life jackets, helmets, and paddles make a rafting excursion safer and more enjoyable.
WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?
Look for a company with raft trips on multiple rivers and of varying length, for experience levels ranging from beginner to expert, with lodging and activity packages.
WHAT MAKES YOUR COMPANY DIFFERENT?
All outfitters are not the same; give them a chance to explain what makes their outfit special.