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Animas River:

Lower Animas:
Relax and enjoy a different view of historic Durango as you bounce through fun filled rapids like Smelter, Sawmill, Santa Rita and Pinball. Your guide will share history of the region and stories of local traditions. Trips from 2 hrs – full day.

Upper Animas:
Conquer one of the toughest commercially run trips in the U.S. with its unique continuous pounding whitewater. Enthusiasts travel from around the world to challenge the rivers steep drop of 85 per feet mile and non-stop rapids. Concluding this quintessential whitewater experience, shuttle out of the canyon on the famous historic railroad for a unique and rewarding end to your trip. Trips 1-3 days.

Trip Ratings Length Price More Info
Animas River - Lower Animas Class II & III1/2 Day $44.00

Arkansas River:
The Arkansas River is the most popular whitewater river in America. With over 80 miles in 4 major sections, the Arkansas provides whitewater adventure for all ages and skill levels. Trips range from short 1/4 and 1/2 day introductory trips for the whole family to adrenaline-pumping Class IV+ full day trips. You can combine sections to spend 2 or 3 days rafting America's favorite river. The Arkansas River flows through spectacular Browns Canyon between Buena Vista and Salida, Bighorn Sheep Canyon between Salida and Parkdale and through the world-famous Royal Gorge by Canon City. The Arkansas is a short 1-2 hour drive from Colorado Springs, Denver or Summit County resort towns.

Trip Ratings Length Price More Info
Arkansas River - Cottonwood Family Float Class II & III1/4 Day $32.00
Arkansas River - Browns Canyon Half Day Class I & II & III1/2 Day $56.00
Arkansas River - Evening Float Fishing Class II & III1/2 Day $295.00
Arkansas River - River and Rail Package Class III1/2 Day $99.00
Arkansas River - Bighorn Sheep Canyon - 1/2 Day Class III & IV1/2 Day $57.00
Arkansas River - Numbers Half Day ADVANCED Class III & IV1/2 Day $65.00
Arkansas River - Royal Gorge - 1/2 Day Class IV & V1/2 Day $70.00
Arkansas River - Browns Canyon Full Day Class I & II & IIIFull Day $88.00
Arkansas River - Float Fishing - Full Day Class II & IIIFull Day $395.00
Arkansas River - Bighorn Sheep Canyon  - Full Day Class III & IVFull Day $95.00
Arkansas River - Numbers Full Day ADVANCED Class III & IVFull Day $108.00
Arkansas River - Royal Gorge - Full Day Class IV & VFull Day $115.00
Arkansas River - Royal Gorge Grand Slam Class IV & VFull Day $125.00
Brown's Canyon and Royal Gorge 2 or 3 day trips Class II & III & IV & VMulti-day $295.00
Arkansas River - BSC and Brown's Canyon 2 day trips Class III & IVMulti-day $279.00

Blue River:
The Blue River is Summit County's only whitewater river. Conveniently located below Lake Dillon to provide Class II-III action in an alpine setting.

Trip Ratings Length Price More Info
Blue River 1/2 Day Class II & III1/2 Day $60.00

Cache la Poudre River:
The Cache la Poudre River, northwest of Fort Collins, is Colorado's first and only designated National Wild and Scenic River. You get a thrilling whitewater rafting experience in a pristine and protected environment. The sections we raft are just a little over one hour drive from either Denver or the town of Estes Park, which is just outside Rocky Mountain National Park.

Trip Ratings Length Price More Info
Cache La Poudre - Lower Poudre - 1/2 Day Afternoon Class II & III1/2 Day $55.00
Cache La Poudre - Lower Poudre - 1/2 Day Morning Class II & III1/2 Day $55.00
Cache La Poudre - Mishawaka Falls - 1/2 Day Afternoon Class III & IV1/2 Day $67.00
Cache La Poudre - Mishawaka Falls Lunch - 1/2 Day Class III & IV1/2 Day $75.00
Cache la Poudre - Upper Poudre - Full Day Class III & IVFull Day $105.00

Clear Creek River:
Clear Creek River provides a fun and challenging whitewater experience. The river traverses past Ponderosa Pine, Juniper, and Douglas Fir trees before tumbling though the old mining town of Idaho Springs. Wildlife such as river otter and big horn sheep can be observed along the way. The occasional bear may also appear. Located 30 minutes west of Denver and 30 minutes from the Summit County ski resort towns.

Trip Ratings Length Price More Info
Clear Creek Beginner 1/3 Day Afternoon Class III1/4 Day $45.00
Clear Creek - Beginner - 1/3 Day Class II & III1/2 Day $39.00
Clear Creek - Intermediate - 1/2 Day Class III & IV1/2 Day $54.00
Clear Creek Intermediate 1/2 Day Afternoon Class III & IV1/2 Day $55.00
Clear Creek Intermediate 1/2 Day Morning Class III & IV1/2 Day $55.00
Clear Creek - Advanced Lower Canyon - 1/2 Day Class IV & V1/2 Day $76.00
Clear Creek - Raft & Zip Beginner Class I & II & IIIFull Day $123.00
Clear Creek - Raft & Zip intermediate trip Class II & III & IVFull Day $133.00

Colorado River - Central Section:
The Central Section of the Colorado River offers an abundance of history, wildlife and whitewater. Here the Colorado River helps produce power to Denver and other nearby towns by pumping some of its water through the Shoshone Power Plant turning turbines that produce electricity. The town of Glenwood Springs was one of the first towns in the country to be powered by water. As you traverse the whitewater of the Colorado River through Glenwood Canyon you will see remnants of the old mining villages and learn of the history of the area. Once out of the Canyon you will experience one of the great phenomenons of the area - Glenwood Springs is known for its geothermal activity and its natural hot springs. Right here on the banks of the Colorado you will find ‘hot pots’ that you can stop at along your trip and enjoy!

Trip Ratings Length Price More Info
Colorado River - Shoshone 1/2 Day Class I & II & III1/2 Day $52.00
Colorado River - Raft & Zip - No Name Special Class I & II & IIIFull Day $81.00
Colorado River - Shoshone Full Day Raft Trip Class I & II & IIIFull Day $88.00

Colorado River - Upper Section:
Located near the headwaters of the Colorado River and Rocky Mountain National Park, the Upper Colorado River is ideal for those who want beautiful canyon scenery and non-intimidating whitewater. Red Eye, Screaming Left Turn, and other intermediate Class II and III rapids offer enjoyment for all ages. These river rafting trips are great for first-time boaters and families with children. Outfitting on this river is conducted under special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The beauty of this river canyon is due to the abundant wildflowers, the sheer granite canyon walls, and the blue spruce and Douglas fir trees. Weather in this alpine environment is variable with afternoon temperatures ranging from 70 to 90 degrees. Although there is usually plenty of sun, afternoon thundershowers can occur.

Trip Ratings Length Price More Info
Upper Colorado - 1/2 Day Afternoon Class II & III1/2 Day $58.00
Upper Colorado - 1/2 Day Morning Class II & III1/2 Day $58.00
Colorado River - Upper Colorado 3/4 Day Class I & II & IIIFull Day $78.00
Upper Colorado - Full Day Adventure Class II & IIIFull Day $85.00
Upper Colorado - 2 Day Adventure Class II & IIIMulti-day $250.00
Upper Colorado - 3 Day Adventure Class II & IIIMulti-day $350.00

Colorado River - West Section:
Hidden away in western Colorado and eastern Utah is an exceptional stretch of the Colorado River through Horsethief, Ruby and Westwater Canyons. Trips in this section begin with a leisurely float allowing you to unwind and enjoy the beauty and quiet of the desert canyon country. Side canyon stops allow for a tasty riverside lunch and short hikes to explore hidden splendor. As you float down the river the multicolored shades of red sandstone give way at river level to the area known as the “Black Rocks”. These formations are Precambrian; they are the oldest exposed rock in Colorado and Utah. As the Colorado River begins its decent into Westwater canyon, the channel narrows, the Canyon walls climb and water quickens its pace. It is here that the rapids of Westwater offer the thrill of running some of the best whitewater in the region. Colorful names and exciting stories accompany these challenging rapids, especially “Sock-it-to-me”, “Funnel” and “Skull”.
Rapid Classification: II-IV
Floating Season: April-October –charter trips available year round
Elevation: 4,300 feet at Westwater Ranch

Trip Ratings Length Price More Info
Colorado River - Ruby Canyon 1,2 & 3 Days Class IMulti-day $325.00
COLORADO RIVER RAFT RENTAL Class IMulti-day $250.00
Colorado River - Castle Valley Class II & IIIMulti-day $0.00
Colorado River - Cataract Canyon 3, 4, 5 & 7 Days Class III & IV & VMulti-day $770.00
Colorado River - Private Charter Trips Class III & IV & VMulti-day $95.00

Green River:
A magnificent towering canyon marks the start of the Green River trip at the “Gates of Lodore”. This trip is known as one of the most beautiful stretches of river anywhere. Fed by dam-controlled flows from Flaming Gorge Reservoir, the Green River through Lodore Canyon provides rafting throughout the summer. The trip follows part of the route taken by Major John Wesley Powell on his epic 1869 exploration of this continent’s last uncharted wilderness. In the calm stretches wildlife abounds. As the oar rafts quietly float through the canyon we often see deer, waterfowl, beaver and desert bighorn sheep. Several challenging rapids lie hidden between the sheer cliffs of this spectacular canyon; participants eagerly indulge themselves in rapids known as “Disaster Falls”, “S.O.B.” and “Hells Half Mile”.

The trip starts at the northern boundary of Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado and floats to the west edge of the Monument near the Dinosaur quarry site near Jensen, Utah.

Trip Ratings Length Price More Info
Green River - Desolation Canyon 4, 5 & 6 Days Class II & IIIMulti-day $995.00
Green River - Lodore Canyon 3 & 4 Days Class II & IIIMulti-day $869.00

Gunnison River:
The Gunnison River begins in the Crested Butte area when the East and Taylor Rivers join at Almont. The river in the Gunnison, CO area provides accessible, introductory rafting for families and 1st timers. Just downstream of the Black Canyon National Park, the Gunnison Gorge offers exclusive 2-3 day wilderness trips with fun Class III whitewater and exceptional fly fishing for small groups looking for an intimate river experience.

Trip Ratings Length Price More Info
Gunnison River - 1/2 Day Class I & II1/2 Day $43.00
Gunnison River Fishing Class I & II1/2 Day $350.00
Gunnison Gorge - Float Fishing - 3 Days Class II & IIIMulti-day $1400.00
Gunnison Gorge - 2 Days Class IIIMulti-day $475.00

Lake Fork River:
The Lake Fork is a branch of the Gunnison River tumbling past the town of Lake City on it's way to Blue Mesa Reservoir. Class II-IV rapids puntuate this spring run-off trip.

Trip Ratings Length Price More Info
Lake Fork - Upper Class II1/2 Day $95.00
Lake Fork - Lower Class IV1/2 Day $115.00

North Platte River:
A whitewater rafting journey on the North Platte River begins in the remote northern portion of the area known as North Park in Colorado at an elevation of 8,000 feet, about 20 miles west of the town of Walden. This rolling valley, famous for its spectucular scenery, fishing, cattle ranches and wildlife, ends abruptly in a mass of Precambrian metamorphic rock. The swift North Platte River has steadily eroded a narrow section of the ancient deposit, forming what trappers first called Northgate Canyon. During early spring launches, the water of the North Platte is quite cold. Daytime highs range from 50 to 85 degrees, and overnight lows range from 35 to 55 degrees. Afternoon rain showers can be common.

Trip Ratings Length Price More Info
North Platte River - Full Day Adventure Class III & IVFull Day $110.00
North Platte River - Overnight Adventure Class III & IVMulti-day $237.00

Piedra River:
Paddle through pristine 1000 ft deep box canyons, lush alpine rain forests, heart pounding whitewater and then relax in soothing riverside natural hot springs. Experience this true Rocky Mountain jewel.

Trip Ratings Length Price More Info
Piedra River - Upper Box Class II & III & IVFull Day $125.00
Piedra River - Lower Box Class III & IV & VFull Day $160.00

San Miguel River:
Immerse yourself in a world of contrasting green-forested/red rock walls, constant fast paced splashes and outdoor adventure. The San Miguel‘s narrow, winding waterway leaves you with memories of smiling faces, and towering red rock walls, rolling rapids and deluxe camping.
Trips 1-3 days

Trip Ratings Length Price More Info
San Miguel River - Deep Creek Class II & IIIFull Day $120.00

Taylor River:
The Taylor River flows through a high alpine canyon to join the East River to form the Gunnison River. Easy access provides river recreation varying from 1/2 day to full day adventures ranging from easy to challenging Class II to IV rapids.

Trip Ratings Length Price More Info
Lower Taylor River Class II1/2 Day $45.00
Taylor River - Extender Class III1/2 Day $73.00
Taylor River - Shorty Class III1/2 Day $53.00
Taylor River Full Day Class II & IIIFull Day $95.50

Yampa River:
The last of the wild ones! When the Yampa is running the whole Colorado Plateau is alive with whitewater. See the headwaters of the Colorado River system and ride the crest of one of the best river trips in the world. The water level depends completely on run-off from the snowmelt during the first part of the season. These famous waters are compressed between the canyon walls creating unforgettable rapids such as “Tepee”, “Big Joe” and “Warm Springs”. Be sure and make reservations for this very special run.

The Yampa trip starts at the eastern edge of Dinosaur National Monument and flows west to Split Mountain Canyon at the western portion of the Monument near Jensen, Utah.
Trip lengths: 4 & 5-day Rapid Classification: Class II-IV
Floating Season: May, June and early July
Elevation: 5,676 feet at launch point
Meeting Place: Steamboat Springs or Craig, Colorado.

Trip Ratings Length Price More Info
Yampa River - Yampa Canyon 4 & 5 Days Class III & IV & VMulti-day $847.00