Colorado Rafting

By Viator, July 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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Glenwood Springs Half-Day Rafting Trip, Glenwood Springs, null

Glenwood Springs Half-Day Rafting Trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Experience the best of Glenwood Springs! This 3-hour rafting trip heads up river about 9 miles to the Shoshone Rapids in Glenwood Canyon on the Colorado River. ...  Read more

Location: Glenwood Springs, Colorado
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $52.00
Royal Gorge 3-Hour Rafting Experience, Cañon City, River Rafting & Tubing

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
Bighorn Sheep Canyon Half-Day Rafting, Cañon City, White Water Rafting & Float Trips

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
Arkansas River Half-Day Rafting Tour, Buena Vista, White Water Rafting & Float Trips

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
Bighorn Sheep Canyon Rafting and Zipline Tour, Cañon City, White Water Rafting & Float Trips

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

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