General Questions

There are many ways to enjoy a river. Of those many ways Whitewater Rafting can be enjoyed by everyone, as long as you know what kind of adventure level is right for you!

Here is a brief description of the river classification scale:

Moving water; passages are clear of any major obstacles. These sections of river are relaxing and provide a nice rest between rapids to enjoy scenery.

Waves are larger and rapids require some maneuvering, however, passages remain clear. Fun for the whole family.

(Intermediate) Rapids are longer, and markedly more powerful. Paddlers are required to maneuver through forceful and irregular currents, rocks and holes in the channel. Exciting and fun- note minimum age requirements.

(Difficult) Very long rapids; dangerous rocks and powerful waves, currents and eddies require precise and powerful maneuvering. Thrillseekers.

(Very Difficult) Violent and long rapids follow each other with little interruption; a severely obstructed riverbed with big drops; steep gradient and a powerful current. Experienced Thrillseekers.

EME always provides top-quality river gear, including a Personal Flotation Device (lifejacket), Wetsuit, Neoprene River Shoes, Splash Jackets, and a Helmet (when necessary).

  • If you’re the cold-blooded type, bring an extra fleece/wool layer (NO COTTON) to wear on the river under your splash jacket.
  • Show up in dry, comfortable clothes with your bathing suit underneath.
  • Other Recommended Items: Sunscreen, Hat, Sunglasses (with strap), Water Bottle, Waterproof camera, Towel and a SMILE!
  • We provide water, Izze soda, Aspen Brewing Beer and a fresh snack after the trip. We’re happy to serve lunch on half-day trips – please call to special request a picnic!

Although the wilderness surrounding Aspen and Carbondale are filled with elk, that’s not the reason we chose to name our company Elk Mountain Expeditions. The peaks to the South and West of the Roaring Fork Valley, which are not always visible from the valley floor, make up the Elk Mountain Range. These peaks, and the snow they collect during the winter months, comprise a large portion of the Roaring Fork Watershed and are the reason we have water in the Roaring Fork and Crystal Rivers throughout most of the summer. Not only do the Elk Mountains help our local rafting rivers, but they also contribute over 200 billion gallons of water to the Colorado River each year. It’s no surprise that this breath-taking family of mountains contains 6 of Colorado’s 53 14,000 foot peaks and boasts some of the most picturesque vistas in the state of Colorado.