In a Class All its Own

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How and why are rivers rated for their whitewater?

In a Class All its Own

For many, a Grand Canyon rafting trip is their ultimate whitewater dream. That's because all rivers are rated on a scale of I-V according to the intensity and difficulty of their rapids. This helps river runners know what to expect before they run a particular river.

However, the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon is so technically diverse and difficult in places that it is rated on its own system of 1-10. For whitewater experts, this running or riding this river is what dreams are made of.

Because Grand Canyon rafting trips are limited to a certain number each year, just having the opportunity to take a rafting trip through the Grand Canyon is a privilege that many will never have the opportunity to enjoy.



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