There were a lot of people saying: "Don't go. There's no water - the flow is low. The water is stagnant. You'll be stuck with a zillion people for 45 minutes at a time." We went anyway and had a great time. Granted, the water wasn't flowing quickly in many places, but the scenery is beautiful -- think floating by while desert canyon walls soar above you and wild horses drink by the river a few feet in front of you.
Yes -- there is a lot of drinking. Yes -- there is a lot of flirting between 20 somethings - though I didn't see more than that. People were pretty respectful in general when they see kids. My 11 and 13 year olds had a grand time and were not offended by anything. After we exited the water, there were two alpha males verbally going at it, but it didn't come to more than that. And there are a ton of sheriffs around to ensure that the fun stays fun.
I will say that the tubing company tries to get people to throw their trash away and even provides every group a trash bag -- however, there are still creeps out there that throw the trash in the river. At one point when you look down in the river there are hundreds of beer cans. I hear that they clean this up annually, but that was a disappointment.
You can tube without going through the shuttle company, but then you'll need two cars --one parked at the entry point and one parked at the end point. For $15 a pop, you'll get a tube and the shuttle. You really can't beat that.
So like everyone else says: bring your sunscreen, water/beverages in a cooler, a camera and your sense of adventure. You'll have a good time.
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