Photos: Top Ten U.S. Rivers for Rafting

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Tackling the Granite Rapids on the Colorado River with a J-Rig through the Grand Canyon. Check out Grand Canyon Rafting: 6 to 7 days  
Credit: Western River Expeditions 
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The Green River cuts a series of chasms through the Tavaputs Plateau and forms a gorge deeper than the Grand Canyon at Bright Angel Creek. There are petroglyphs, ruins, abandoned homesteads, and marvelous camping sites among verdant cottonwoods on soft sand beaches. Check out Green River Rafting through Desolation Canyon  
Credit: Holiday Expeditions 
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The Green River flows through the Gates of Lodore in Dinosaur National Monument. Check out Green River Rafting through the Gates of Lodore  
Credit: O.A.R.S./James Kaiser 
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The Wild & Scenic Rogue River in southern Oregon is a favorite family rafting destination. Check out Rogue River Rafting - Lodge Trip  
Credit: O.A.R.S./Jason B Smith 
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Scenic views from a river bank on the Snake River through Hell's Canyon. Check out Family Rafting through Snake River Hell's Canyon  
Credit: Gregg Friedman / Hell’s Canyon Raft Inc. 
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The Class V Pine Creek section of the Arkansas River drops over 200 feet per mile. Check out The Numbers on the Arkansas River  
Credit: AVA's Colorado Rafting 
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An enchanting family rafting trip on the Salmon River blends hot sun, warm water, fun rapids, and the most beautiful white-sand beaches of any river in the West. Check out Idaho Rafting: Middle Fork of the Salmon River  
Credit: ROW Adventures 
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Also known as the River of No Return, Idaho's Salmon River hosts 85 miles of unspoiled wilderness, world-class history, fun rapids, natural hot springs, and vast sandy beaches.  
Credit: Paul Richer/Sawtooth Adventure Company 
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The Tuolumne (pronounced Too-all-uhme) is a standard-setting river, to which all other California paddles are compared. Check out Tuolumne River Rafting  
Credit: O.A.R.S/James Kaiser 
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Big whitewater in the Applesauce Rapid on the Gore Canyon section of the Colorado River. Check out Gore Canyon on the Colorado River  
Credit: AVA’s Colorado Rafting 
 
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