The Best Colorado River Rafting Trips from AVA!
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As a Dad, I’m always looking for things to do with my three teenagers that they will remember for years to come. When I suggested a family rafting trip, it was met with only half-hearted excitement. In fact, the night before my scheduled trip, I had to actually sell them on the idea once again. All that changed halfway through our trip. My kids had an AMAZING time and I was able to share a day with them that they – or I – will never forget. Thanks for the amazing memories! It’s something that we will live with forever. See you again this summer!— , Parker, CO
Arkansas River Rafting Trips—Buena Vista Rafting
The excitement of continuous whitewater rafting near Buena Vista.
Whitewater Rafting Season: May thru September
There’s a reason that Arkansas River rafting trips are some of the most popular in the country. Combine the scenic beauty of the Arkansas River Valley in the Colorado mountains and the excitement of continuous whitewater and you get one of the most enjoyable white water recreation options available. From intermediate trips for the whole family to Class V paddling challenges! All trips on the Arkansas River leave from the AVA outpost in Granite located 12 miles north of Buena Vista in Central Colorado. (EXCEPTION: Royal Gorge trips leave from Echo Canyon’s office in Canon City).
Buena Vista rafting options are just one of the amazing things you can do in the Arkansas Valley. From rock climbing to hiking, hot springs to horseback riding, you can fill an enormous amount of time here in central Colorado.
Call 800-370-0581 today for reservations.
The Arkansas River rafting experience begins with Granite Gorge, an intermediate section of whitewater consisting of class II and III rapids. The next section of the river is some of the most challenging whitewater you’ll find, beginning with the most advanced whitewater on the Arkansas River, the Class V Pine Creek section, a half day by itself or a full day called The Gauntlet, the ultimate trip for real adrenaline junkies. The white water continues through a series of Class IV rapids known as The Numbers. For a full day of white water action, combine The Numbers and The Narrows. One of our most popular Arkansas river rafting trips is our 24 Hours in Brown’s Canyon trip that includes camping in a remote canyon and a gourmet dinner and breakfast. This is less wild than the other sections and is suitable for all ages. We also offer a mild, Class III full day trip in these lower sections through the Arkansas Valley and a half day just through Browns Canyon. The ultimate trip combines all of these sections. Our Mild to Wild trip sends you through two days of Class III fun followed by a third day on the most advanced whitewater on the Arkansas River. Don’t miss the adventure of a lifetime with Arkansas Valley Adventures!
Go For the Summit!
Staying in Summit County? Let us take care of all the details while you enjoy your day of adventure! For the most convenience, take our Summit Express trip or the Upper Colorado Express trip. We pick you up in Keystone or Breckenridge, take you rafting, and drop you off at the end of the day. Lunch included on both trips.
Clear Creek Rafting: A steep, technical river everyone will enjoy
Clear Creek River Rafting Season: May thru July
Clear Creek is located in an old mining valley in the Colorado Rockies. The average gradient of this river is 67 feet per mile—it’s a steep, technical river with sections appropriate for all ages. Its proximity to Denver and Summit County make this thrilling section of whitewater easily accessible.
I-70, exit 240, North side of bridge, 1319 Miner Street.
This one-third-day trip is a great introduction to whitewater. The section packs in eleven Class III rapids as you paddle and splash your way down the Creek. A fun trip ideal for all abilities. Minimum 5 yrs/50 lbs. (AVA reserves the right to change age requirements depending on water levels and individual qualifications.)
Upper Colorado River Rafting Season: April thru September
(Gore Canyon: July through September)
Experience the excitement and beauty of the state’s namesake river. Our Upper Colorado river rafting trips offer mountain scenery beyond compare. From fun float trips for all ages to challenging, pounding waterfalls, the Colorado River has sections for everyone. All trips on the Colorado leave from Keystone and Breckenridge in Summit County. Please call for reservations.
Call 800-370-0581 today for reservations.
We offer two very different Upper Colorado rafting trips. The first is Gore Canyon, a class IV and V full-day whitewater trip in a wilderness environment. The other is the Upper Colorado Float Trip, which offers more mellow terrain for all ages. We also offer inflatable kayak trips on this stretch of the river where you get to command your own raft! If you are vacationing in the Summit County area, make sure you include a day of Colorado river rafting in your itinerary. We offer transportation for these trips from Keystone and Breckenridge in Summit County.
Eagle River Rafting Season: May thru July
Located near Vail, Colorado, the western slope begins here with lodge pole pines and aspen forests in the mountains giving way to the sagebrush and junipers of the high desert. The Eagle River rafting experience offers a variety of paddling for all levels of boating. The upper sections, Dowd Chutes, are technical with more continuous whitewater; while the lower sections, Lower Eagle, open up and become more forgiving with the rapids spreading out.
Global Descents offers an incredible collection of inclusive river expeditions at unique locations around the world. Travel aboard one of our rafts to see some of the world’s most mystical places.
WHY GLOBAL DESCENTS?
Global Descents expeditions include locations to suit every adventure travelers taste. We supply access to some of the world’s most spectacular rivers, creating a truly authentic travel experience. Whether you’re on a large aqua blue river in Patagonia, encountering exotic wildlife in Africa, traveling through the deepest canyon in the world, or the cultural experience of lifetime, our premiere expeditions can change the way you view the world!
“Matching great people with great expeditions.”
With Global Descents, you will meet and spend time with the world class river guides, all of whom desire to spend as much time as possible exploring the world’s greatest rivers. Simply put: our guides are knowledgeable, enthusiastic, fun, people with exceptional river skills and uncompromising safety practices. Our guides are the backbone of Global Descents and will keep you coming back to enjoy all of our river journeys.
A guided river expedition with Global Descents will offer you the comfort, security and service of a U.S company abroad. We pride ourselves as true professionals, and have systems in place to ensure a safe and fun filled adventure.
Global Descents focus is personal service to each individual. Understanding your needs, passions, and interests help us create the travel experience of a lifetime.
We pride ourselves on using the best equipment in the industry: self-bailing rafts; US Coast Guard approved life jackets; fully adjustable helmets; thick, inflatable sleeping pads; and quality expedition tents. By staying up to date with the latest in gear technology, we are able to provide a higher level of comfort and safety. Let’s face it: it’s just more fun with good gear.
We have mastered the art of creating great cuisine in remote locations. We prepare regional cuisine highlighting specialties of each area. We invite you to sit back, relax and enjoy the warm campfire as we prepare your meal to remember.
There are constant threats to rivers all over the globe. From potential dams to other environmental threats to the watershed, it is the river community’s duty to inform both its guests and local communities about the benefits of protecting the resource. Global Descents strives to do its part in demonstrating the benefits of tourism to rivers by supporting the local economy as much as possible. We do this through buying locally and employing a large local support team.