Why River Rafting Remains So Popular
There is nothing quite like the sight of the open river stretching before you, perfectly framed by a blue sky. Whether it is the brisk coldness of a bright winter’s morning or the stillness of the early cool of a summer’s day before the sun heats up the earth, a foray onto the river way offers a range of options for every adventurer. Hundreds of thousands of people venture to rivers for rafting trips, kayaking, or hours spent just sitting next to the banks soaking up the atmosphere.
As concerns about the amount of screen time the average American gets per day increases, the good news is that many are embracing the challenge, excitement and peace of outdoor recreation. Almost 80% of Americans view outdoor recreation of some kind as important in their lives and almost 30% participate in or have plans to participate in white water rafting as a recreational activity. Almost 12.5 million Americans took part in white water rafting activities is 2012.
Those who want an adventure of truly memorable scope might consider one of the many Grand Canyon rafting tours where you can combine the grandeur and beauty of that most famous of American natural landmarks with the excitement of a white water rafting tour. While the Grand Canyon is perhaps the most famous gorge in the world it is not a record breaker in that sense, offering neither the longest nor deepest gorge. On average it is about a mile deep and follows a path about 277 miles longs, winding through its famous twists and turns. An amazing Grand Canyon rafting trip down the Colorado River still offers amazing sights and an experience unlike any other.
As you move down the Colorado river be sure to look at the metamorphic rock around you, called schist, which is close to 2 billion years old and almost half as old as the Earth. Geologists believe that the river broke through the Grand Canyon about five million years ago. It’s entry point seems to have been the west end of the canyon. Of course river rafting is not the only way to enjoy the 10-mile wide — from rim to rim — canyon; a hike to cross it will take you on a 21-mile journey, while a drive is over 250 miles and takes at least five hours.