Rafting is just about the most entertaining thing one can do on the moving body of water we refer to as ‘river’. To prevent yourself from floating aimlessly like a piece of wood on this great watery surface, though, you should have a grasp on the best rafting places to get around to. Here are 3 of the best rafting locations in Texas – there are many more to keep in mind as you’re planning your next adventure.
River Rafting in Texas – Yeah!
Rio Grande River/Big Bend Park: The beautiful Big Bend National Park makes use of the Rio Grande to provide a top rafting destination to its visitors year-round. Less-subjected to inhospitable weather and conditions that can make a river off-limits to rafters, Rio Grande is a famously safe choice during most parts of the year. Once there, you’ll have numerous guided tours to choose from – some will be shorter and safer while others will be longer and more challenging. You can also opt to brave the river on your own, without taking on the added expense (and hassle) of a tour guide – while this can seem tempting, be careful, as every river has its surprises. However you choose to board your raft, your group should have no difficulties staying entertained as you go through some of the most breathtaking locations in the state. If you find yourself unable to resist the temptation of bringing a camera, keep in mind that it could very well become an inhabitant of the river even against your best efforts.
Guadalupe River State Park: The Guadalupe River is a prime tourist location all year based on conditions alone: it’s cool, fast and voluminous. These conditions, however, can also work against it: the river has been known to flood and become inaccessible. This is only more reason to visit the Guadalupe and its park during regular water levels, though: the state park is surprisingly beautiful, featuring various hiking tours and forest explorations in the company of rangers. When it’s rafting time, keep in mind that the river is difficult to tackle even during calmer periods – at least one person on the raft should be experienced with the activity. Still, if you can manage it, you’ll have something to brag about in the coming years(especially if the river floods again!)
Brazos River: Brazos isn’t talked about as often as its cousins when discussing tourism, which is a bit surprising given its size(so large is the river, in fact, that its name means ‘arms of God’). If you can make the trip, Brazos won’t disappoint you with its rafting capabilities, and you should have no trouble finding a good stretch somewhere along the 2,000 kilometers. Brazos enjoys the most popularity with those looking for a slow ride in a spacious river: since the Guadalupe can get notoriously fast and many slower rivers are also small and full of people, Brazos is often the perfect getaway during the peak of summer. Like the Rio Grande and the Guadalupe, Brazos enjoys scenic nature throughout its stretch and is sure to make you forget you’re not far from an industrial zone.