am organizing a youth group. Do the kids need their parents to sign anything?
Yes, all participants under 18 must have their parents sign an acknowledgment
of risk form. The form below is in Adobe pdf format. If you do not have
Adobe Acrobat Reader installed, please visit www.adobe.com
to download the free version.
of Risk Form
Do you have an online brochure?
Yes, The form below is in Adobe pdf format.
Wanderlust Adventure Brochure
do you choose a reputable outfitter?
Going with the right outfitter could be the most important decision you
make on your vacation. Some important areas to look into are: How many
years has the outfitter been in business? What is their safety record?
How experienced are
their guides? Do they have first year guides? What is the
average age of their staff? How new is their equipment? Do they offer
a trip suitable for my group? What equipment is included? What is the
cancellation policy? The right answers to these questions should narrow
down your options.
How much experience do I need to go rafting
We offer a variety of trips for both beginners and advanced level enthusiasts.
If you have never rafted before and are a little apprehensive, we recommend
trying our Taste of Whitewater trip. We do take beginners on our Class
IV rated Blast Trip; however, you need to be in good physical condition
and able to paddle hard through many continuous rapids. You are on the
river for about 2.5 to 3 hours on the Blast Trip and although you are
not paddling the entire time, you do paddle frequently.
Should we raft in the morning or afternoon?
We generally recommend to go rafting in
the morning. Everyone always wants to go rafting in the afternoon because
they think that it will be warmer at this time. This is not always
the case. The temperature can be quite nice in the morning
you are putting in for your trip. We generally launch between 10:30am
and 11am on our morning trips. It can be in the upper 80's to mid 90's
at this time. We also can receive afternoon showers in July and August.
Mornings are usually clear and beautiful. Because everyone wants to go
rafting in the afternoon it can be quite crowded on the river. Our morning
trips are usually smaller and the river is generally less crowded at this
What if it rains?
We raft rain or shine. We require
seven days notice to cancel
your trip. Due to limitations by the Forest Service we
generally book up and turn guests away. Because of this we
usually are unable to re-book your trip due to bad weather.
We offer the free use of fleece jackets and waterproof
paddle jackets to help keep you warmer on an overcast
day. We also offer wetsuit, glove and bootie rentals. To
avoid rainy weather we recommend to book your trip in the
whitewater rafting a dangerous sport?
Rafting is an exhilarating sport that does have inherent risks. These
risks add to the excitement and are the reason why people go rafting in
the first place. Our staff is trained to
minimize these risks. Wanderlust has one of the best safety
records on the Poudre River and has the most experienced
guides available. Before every trip our guides conduct a thorough safety
orientation that will answer any questions you might have.
I can’t swim. Can I still go whitewater
All participants are provided a Type V Coast Guard Approved Lifejacket
and you are taught what to do if you find yourself in the river. We do
take non swimmers on our Taste of Whitewater Trip but do not recommend
a non swimmer participating on our advanced half day class IV trip. You
should be comfortable in water if you choose rafting on our Blast of Whitewater
What safety training do guides get?
We are proud of our staff and believe they are the best guides on the Poudre
River.Our guides are certified in CPR, First Aid
and Swift Water Rescue. Some guides have Emergency
Technician or Wilderness First Responder training.
Wanderlust guides have an average of eight years rafting
experience. Our staff returns year after year to work for a
professional and fun company that they care about.
State Parks Guide Inspection Form
Is rafting strenuous?
How fit should I be to go rafting?
We run paddle rafts on all of our trips. Because of this all
participants are required to paddle. Paddling is fun and all guests are
encouraged to paddle hard when needed. Paddling is important on all of
our trips; however, it is more important and strenuous on our more extreme
Blast of Whitewater Trip. On this advanced trip you are not paddling the
entire time but you will be paddling frequently to maneuver the raft,
especially through all of the continuous rapids. We do recommend that
you are in good physical condition if you choose the Blast of Whitewater
Trip. The Taste of Whitewater trip is open to a wider range of participants.
I have children under 7 years old. Can
they go rafting?
Our minimum age for the Taste Trip is 7 years old and the child must weigh
at least 50 pounds. We do not have a trip available for children under
7 years of age.
I have never been rafting. Which trip is
best for me?
We generally recommend rafting on our Class III Taste of
Whitewater Trip if you have never rafted before. We do take
beginners on our Class IV Blast Trip, but recommend that you be in good
physical condition and able to paddle hard through many continuous rapids.
Both trips are exciting and have many rapids. We do not offer any float
Are reservations required?
YES, once we reach our Forest Service limits, we have to turn people away.
The sooner you call, the more likely you will get your desired
time and date.
Can I book a trip online?
Yes, we are now offering online reservations . We encourage
you to book your trip online and it is really easy to do. After
book your trip we will email you a receipt and a confirmation with all
of your trip details. You can also call us at 800-745-7238 and our office
staff will be happy to answer any of your questions and help you get set
up with the best trip for your group.
are your office hours?
We are open daily from 8:00AM to 7:00PM, May 15th
through the last day of August. In the off-season September – May
15th, we will answer the phones 9AM-4PM, Monday thru Friday (Mountain
What are the payment terms?
We require full payment to confirm your reservation. If you are booking
your trip before June and you can only pay a half deposit, please give
us a call. We accept Visa, Mastercard & Discover.
What if I need to cancel?
Seven days notice required for a full refund. No refund for any
reason with less than seven days notice.
happens on the trip day?
Park cars at Vern's and
enter the garden level. Check in with our staff at designated time. Pick
up a life jacket,
a helmet and on cool days a fleece pullover and splash jacket. Wetsuit
and insulated footwear rentals are available. Listen to a safety talk,
then take a short bus ride to the launch area. Unload rafts, get
paddling instructions and shoot the rapids! After the rafting
adventure, return to Vern's to look at photos and t-shirts.
When should I arrive for my trip?
Please arrive at the check-in times provided with the trip
descriptions. There is no need to arrive sooner than the check-in times.
We allow 45 minutes for groups to get checked in, geared up and presented
with a safety orientation. We generally depart about 45 minutes after
the check-in times for each trip.
kind of equipment is used?
Eight person self-bailing rafts with foot holds and grab lines are used.
Coast Guard approved Class V rated life jackets and helmets are worn by
is provided?What should I wear?
We provide all river-related gear including Coast Guard
Type V lifejackets (PFD's), helmets, water proof
paddle jackets and fleece pullovers. Also included in your trip is transportation
from the meeting place for each trip to the river and back. All trips
are provided with an experienced professional guide.
Wear sunglasses, quick drying shorts and shirts (avoid cotton)
and secure footwear (no flip-flops or croc sandals).
Bring a towel, sun screen and a change of clothes. Bring a swim
suit or pair of nylon shorts to wear under the wetsuit. We recommend chums
for prescription glasses or expensive sunglasses.
you have lockers?
We do not offer lockers. We collect guests’ car keys when you enter
our vehicles and recommend that you leave all of your belongings locked
in your own vehicle. It only takes about 10-15 minutes to drive back to
our meeting area after all of our trips.
photos taken of the trip?
Yes, we do have a photographer following the trip taking many HD digital
photos. We try to take at least 15-25 photos of each raft and also offer
a HD video of one of the biggest rapids on your trip. We burn these photos
and video onto a CD and run a digital slide show when you return to our
meeting area. You can purchase a CD of all of your photos with the video
for $44.99. With the photos on a CD you can print your own copies, have
them printed at many locations, email the photos, edit the photos or create
your own movie if you have the right software. You can also get your photos
and video on Dropbox.
Should I tip my guide?
Gratuity is not required at our company but our staff certainly
does appreciate it. If you feel that your guide did an excellent job providing
you with an exceptional, entertaining and educational experience, feel
free to reward them accordingly.
Can I bring a camera?
We don't recommend bringing expensive cameras on trips,
if they are not waterproof. We offer waterproof cameras available for
sale in our retail store. They can either attach to your lifejacket or
strap to your wrist. Remember to always paddle first before taking a photo.
It is a good idea to ask your guide when are appropriate times to take
photos. Our trips also have photographers taking photos and video at specific
locations on your trip.
Do you have restrooms?
Yes, we have one bathroom in our retail store and more
restrooms in our restaurant area above our retail store. There are restrooms
located at the Put In locations for most of our trips.
Is food provided?
We do not offer food on any of our half day trips. We do not recommend
bringing food on our bus for any of our half day trips because there is
limited space. We do offer a restaurant at
our location for food either before or after your adventure with
us. There is also a convenience store and bakery located at our
Should I bring water or a towel?
We do recommend that you bring water on all of our trips. We recommend
bringing a water bottle that can attach to the grab lines in our rafts
or leave the water on our bus. Please remember to collect your water bottle
after the trip. Towels can be left in your vehicle for after the rafting
trip. Space is limited on our bus and towels and personal gear usually
get soaked on our vehicles so that is why we recommend leaving them in
your own cars.
An acknowledgment of risk form must be signed before participating. We
must be notified about any medical conditions of anyone in your group.
Alcohol or drug use is strictly prohibited. A Wanderlust Adventure has
the authority to cancel your reservation if we suspect you are under the
influence of alcohol or drugs.
What Do the Difficulty Ratings Mean?
Class I: Easy
- Fast moving water with riffles and small
insignificant waves. Few obstructions that can be avoided.
Class II: Beginner - Straightforward rapids with wide,
channels. Occasional maneuvering may be required, but rocks
and medium sized waves can easily be missed.
Class III: Intermediate
- Rapids with moderate,
waves, often narrow channels, maneuvering to avoid
Class IV: Advanced - Intense, but predictable rapids
requiring precise boat handling in turbulent water. Large,
unavoidable waves and holes. Complex channels with many significant obstacles
to be avoided. Exact maneuvering required.
Class V: Expert - Extremely long, obstructed, or very
violent rapids. Drops may contain large, unavoidable waves and holes or
steep, congested chutes with complex,
Class VI: Extreme
- Often considered unrunnable
runs have almost never been attempted and often exemplify
the extremes of difficulty, unpredictability and danger.
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