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In 1983, Mike Taggett, the founder of Chums, was embarking upon his third year as a boatman with Martin Litton’s Grand Canyon Dories in the Grand Canyon. A dory trip down the Colorado was 18-22 days back then, and Litton ran his operation with beautiful, painted wooden dories—fast, responsive, and easy to right in the event of a flip. Spring of 1983 marked the end of a tremendous snow season, resulting in high and fast runoff from the Colorado mountains. Lake Powell was at capacity with the risk of overflowing, forcing the opening of the spillways from Glen Canyon. Downriver water ran at more than double its normal flow, measuring 40,000 CFS and above—rates that had never been seen before. Most big rapids had washed out, creating large whirlpools and eddies, but Crystal had turned into a huge reversing wall of water, known as a hydraulic jump. And by the time Mike's trip got to Lava Falls, it was running at almost 100,000 CFS. The current ran fast all the way to shore, and it was hard just making it into the eddies for some of the camps. Throughout the trip, the Park Service dropped notes from helicopters with high water warnings and river closure notices. Passengers had no idea why the guides were a bit jittery, as most of the rapids weren’t big, but the water was fast. Not many can say they experienced those epic days on the Colorado in 1983, and Taggett is lucky to own a piece of history on that river that will likely never be repeated. Photo: Rudy Petschek Have your own river story? Share it with us at #5000MilesOfWild

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Colorado White Water Rafting Trip

Good Times Rafting has been providing the best whitewater rafting experiences in Colorado since 1982. With an easy to find headquarters in Buena Vista, we offer a range of river rafting adventures on three of Colorado’s most scenic rivers; The Arkansas, The Blue and Upper Colorado River.

A mild family style float on our Upper Colorado ¾ day trip is sure to delight your kids Or, try the heart pounding whitewater of our Browns Canyon and Numbers full day trips. Whatever you choose for your Colorado rafting experience, we are confident that it will be the highlight of your summer family vacation.

Whether you are in Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Vail, Aspen or Breckenridge, we can get you hootin’ and hollerin’ on a river within a few hours. Come join us for another Good Times Rafting experience you will never forget!