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White Water Rafting 30 minutes from Vail

RAFTING: White-water rafting is a MUST in Colorado. We took a guided white-water rafting trip down the Eagle River, which runs into the Colorado. The rafts start in Eagle, about 30 miles west of Vail on Interstate 70 (half an hour from Vail). We used Colorado River Runs, which cost half the price of many of the other outfitters. Call them at 800/826-1081, or see their website at crruns@vail.net. Our guides were Shane and Roxana Morriss, who have been guiding on these rivers for 8 years. Ask for them. They were enthusiastic, skillful, fun, and informative. Colorado River Runs has been licensed since l973. Be sure to take a brimmed hat or visor, sun screen, and sun glasses. On June 1, they provided us with wet suits and booties, plus a "splash jacket", or windbreaker, for free.

The price in 2005 is $44, including wetsuits, for a 2 1/2- to 3-hour ride. The rapids were level 2 and 3. I was glad that we had a guide in the raft!

They also have rides on the Colorado river for $38 with no wetsuits. They are rated easy- to moderate-level rapids. If you take the Colorado river ride, and therefore don't get wetsuits, be sure to take water shoes or sandles and quick-drying T-shirts and shorts or bathing suit.

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