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Colorado Rafting

By Viator, October 2016

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When spring starts warming up, Colorado’s white-water rafting season begins! From May to September every year, outdoor enthusiasts head for the Rocky Mountains to take a wet and wild ride on the churning headwaters of Arkansas River or Colorado River.

Buena Vista is handy to some of the best rafting in the state and is just 2 hours southwest of Denver. Nearby Browns Canyon is a popular destination, and once you’ve spent a morning or afternoon navigating 10 miles (16 kilometers) of rapids, you’ll see why. Don’t let names like Zoom-Flume, Big Drop and Widow-maker put you off – with thorough safety instructions, professional guide onboard and virtually indestructible rafts, first-timers shouldn’t feel intimidated. But if you really want to test your nerves, head out for a full day and have more time to enjoy the amazing scenery of this dramatic chasm with 18 miles (29 kilometers) of rapids.

Alternatively, spend the morning getting to know Bighorn Sheep Canyon, a part of the river friendly toward first-time rafters. Several experiences of different durations take place out of Canon City (2 hrs south of Denver) so you have lots to choose from to suit your group's rafting needs.
 
Or, if you’re ready for some of the most challenging rapids on the Arkansas, it’s time for The Numbers. Steep drops and numerous rocks demand precision rafting and even the most seasoned professionals allow themselves a sigh of relief once the route arrives at the slightly calmer waters of the Narrows.

You can also go rafting down the Colorado River with a trip from Glenwood Springs. Most of these are family-friendly trips where everyone in your group can enjoy a wet and wild afternoon together.

Last but not least, if you happen to find yourself in the southern part of the state and looking for a rafting adventure, look no further than the Animas River, easily accessible from Durango.

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Arkansas River Half-Day Rafting Tour, Buena Vista, null
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Arkansas River Half-Day Rafting Tour

Test your endurance and paddle experience with whitewater adventure in the high country with big splashes and fast rapids. On this 4-hour trip, you'll run the ...  Read more

Location: Nathrop, Colorado
Duration: Flexible

From USD $70.00
Family Friendly Animas River Raft Trip, Durango, White Water Rafting & Float Trips
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Family Friendly Animas River Raft Trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Rafting the Animas River is consistently rated as one of the highlights of visitors vacationing in Durango, Colorado.  Enjoy a safe and fun Animas River raft ...  Read more

Location: Durango, Colorado
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $57.00
Numbers and Narrows Whitewater Rafting, Breckenridge, White Water Rafting & Float Trips
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Numbers and Narrows Whitewater Rafting

The Numbers rafting section of the Arkansas River is perfect for those looking for a challenging, non-stop, action-filled Colorado whitewater rafting trip! The ...  Read more

Location: Buena Vista, Colorado
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $130.80
Half Day Scenic Family Float, Buena Vista, White Water Rafting & Float Trips
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Half Day Scenic Family Float

Enjoy a scenic class II float through scenic mountain vistas and the beautiful historic downtown of Salida Colorado.

Location: Salida, Colorado
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $71.37
Bighorn Sheep Canyon Rafting and Zipline Tour, Cañon City, White Water Rafting & Float Trips
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Bighorn Sheep Canyon Rafting and Zipline Tour

Spend either the morning or afternoon on a mile-long zip line course followed by a delicious lunch and a scenic rafting trip on this half day combo tour ...  Read more

Location: Cañon City, Colorado
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $149.00
Royal Gorge 3-Hour Rafting Experience, Cañon City, White Water Rafting & Float Trips
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Royal Gorge 3-Hour Rafting Experience

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

The Arkansas River flows near Colorado Springs, outside Canon City, beneath 1,000 foot canyon walls. Dive into class III to V rapids through the heart of the ...  Read more

Location: Cañon City, Colorado
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $86.43
Browns Canyon Whitewater Rafting Half-Day Trip, Buena Vista, White Water Rafting & Float Trips
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Browns Canyon Whitewater Rafting Half-Day Trip

Whitewater raft through Browns Canyon National Monument on the Arkansas River in Colorado! This section is perfect for beginner and experienced boaters alike, ...  Read more

Location: Buena Vista, Colorado
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $68.99
Browns Canyon Rafting Full Day, Buena Vista, White Water Rafting & Float Trips
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Browns Canyon Rafting Full Day

Bring the whole family out for a fun and exciting day on the river, great for ages 7 and up! Whitewater raft through Browns Canyon National Monument. This is ...  Read more

Location: Buena Vista, Colorado
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $108.41
Bighorn Sheep Canyon Half-Day Rafting, Cañon City, White Water Rafting & Float Trips
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Bighorn Sheep Canyon Half-Day Rafting

This 3-hour trip is ideal for first-time rafters or families with kids. Beautiful vistas set in a diverse desert ecology await, with amazing class III rapids ...  Read more

Location: Cañon City, Colorado
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.45

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