Get active with the kids:

The white water doesnt get too big on this 84-mile oat through mile-deep canyons, but a handful of the 60-plus rapids will get your adrenaline pumping. Stretch your legs on daily hikes to abandoned homesteads from the late 1800s and centuries-old petroglyphs. Before the sun sets, youll pitch camp on a white-sand beach and still have time to play in the river while the guides prepare fresh salmon for dinner.

Head out on your own: To experience the white water up close, you can jump ship and paddle solo in an inflatable kayak for a while (children 8 and older can do the same, entirely supervised, on certain stretches). Off the water, take a hike while the guides help the kids make candles or plan an act for the weekly talent show.

The fine print: Five- to six-day trips run from May-August; $908-$975 per adult, $708-$775 for kids (the minimum age is 5), including all meals, tents and activities. Contact:, 800-624-6323.