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Which rafting experience is prefered??

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Which rafting experience is prefered??

The rafting tours in Denali are of the following two types:

The wilderness raft

The canyon raft

I am really confused as to which one is a better expereince?

Please advise


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1. Re: Which rafting experience is prefered??

I think this is a matter of personal preference - do you want the thrill of the white water or a more relaxed float trip?? Do the Canyon for the adventure of lots of whitewater, and do the wilderness trip for a more relaxed float. Does that help?? :)

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2. Re: Which rafting experience is prefered??

If it's thrills you are hoping for, then consider being a paddler. It is not difficult to do as you have a guide to lead the group. Most of them travel the same stretch of the Nenana River. IMO the paddlers tend to have a much better whitewater experience. Cross your fingers that it rains! It is so much more fun.

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3. Re: Which rafting experience is prefered??

My family went on the "Family" raft trip possible it is known as the "Scenic" with Denali Outdoor Center (DOC for short, but don't let that scare you, they are great). The first part was ok, entered river well South of park main entrance and stopped at Glitter Gluch (town just outside main entrance, to let of kids. Continued to most fun part, sorry my 8 year old go off as he was cold from the previous 2 hours of drifting, sorry rafting. The remainder was much more exciting although the entire 4 or so hours revealed wonderous scenery. Great trip, recd DOC located just north of Gliter Gultch.

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