Rocky Mountain Rowing is often an ambiguous term because, while there are rowing teams in universities and fitness communities throughout the country, there are a few spots in the world that offer comparable opportunities for whitewater rafting as well as other more lackadaisical river trips. To make matters worse, there’s a fair bit of crossover and confusion in the terminology.

After all, when you’re going to rafting, you don’t raft the boat, you row the boat. The type of oars are different, as is the form and style of the rowing itself…..but it’s not hard to understand the confusion. Especially in the Rocky Mountain area.


Rowing in the Rocky Mountains

Rowing is a strenuous, muscle-building exercise that focuses on the core and upper body in particular. It’s done in wakeless, if not still, waters and involves a self-propelled canoe or scull, typically oared by an eight-member team, or crew, though other size teams are also common, especially outside of collegiate settings.


Rafting in the Rocky Mountains

In contrast to rowing, rafting is primarily about navigating the natural rapids and turns of a river, often in a mountainous area where a change in elevation and the introduction of rocks can make for an exciting whitewater experience. Still, it’s not all about death-defying rapids. Many people love river rafting for the still waters, incredible scenery, and general sense of adventure. Many rafting groups bring along some number of smaller kayaks or inflatable duckies in which active rowing may be necessary to navigate parts of the river.


About Rocky Mountain R&R Association

If you’re looking for rigorous exercise, an emphasis on form, and competitive sports, rowing may make more sense for you. If you’re looking for adventure, good times with friends, and the remoteness that comes with many river trips, then rafting probably has more of what you’re looking for. Either way, let Rocky Mountain Rowing & Rafting Association be your guide for this part of the country.