Colorado Rafting Trips
Whitewater Rafting on 5 Rivers in Colorado
Colorado River, Arkansas River, Eagle River, Blue River, Clear Creek
Arkansas Valley Adventures invites you to discover an incredible Colorado river rafting vacation. Colorado rafting trips offer the experience of a lifetime! Join AVA to experience a high-quality Colorado whitewater rafting trip with one of the most respected companies in the west! Offering guided rafting trips on the most popular rivers for all skill levels, including The Arkansas River, Eagle River, Colorado River, Blue River and Clear Creek, which is the closest river to Denver. AVA offers trips for all ages and in increments ranging from just a couple hours to overnight adventures. Whether you are looking for a heart-pumping adrenaline rush or a relaxing day down the river Arkansas Valley Adventures has a Colorado river rafting trip for you.
FUN FACT: 61% of the people who rafting Pine Creek in 2010 went with AVA. There are 11 companies that run Pine Creek commercially, but none even come close to our experience!
Highlights of the Colorado rivers AVA runs:
The Arkansas River is one of the most popular destinations for a whitewater adventure. The headwaters of this river begin from a trickle in the high mountains of the old historic mining town of Leadville, Colorado. While driving down Leadville’s historic main street you will be passing through the old stomping grounds of bad boys from the wild west such as Billy the Kid and Doc Holiday. As you drive out of Leadville towards the Arkansas Valley Adventures outpost in Granite you will witness what began as a tiny trickle transform into the heart pounding rapids such as Pine Creek and the Numbers. Although this river in Colorado begins with extreme class V rapids, just downstream this river offers class III and class IV rapids as well. With all that this Colorado river offers there is something for everyone of all ages and abilities. While in the area Arkansas Valley Adventures also offers other outdoor activities to accommodate the different tastes of adventure seekers. In the Arkansas River Valley Arkansas Valley Adventures offers guided rock climbing, fly fishing, and horseback riding tours. If you are looking for something other than whitewater rafting trips, try summiting one of the many 14,000-foot peaks in the area. After pushing yourself while rafting one of Colorado’s rivers or enjoying any of the other activities Arkansas Valley Adventures offers, you can relax and soak in the natural Hot Springs just down the road from our Granite Outpost.
Need a quick fix or a river in Colorado closer to the Denver area? Arkansas Valley Adventures has whitewater rafting trip for you. Only 30 minutes from Denver is another popular river in Colorado. The Clear Creek River, like the Arkansas River has something for everyone ranging in ages and skill levels. With this river’s class III, IV, and V rapids you are bound to find a trip that can accommodate the dynamics of any group and in a timely manner. Clear Creek is a great option for folks on the Front Range (Denver, Boulder, etc) or in Summit County or Winter Park who don’t have time for a longer outing. These shorter trips also depart several times throughout the day in an attempt to accommodate your needs.
The Colorado River offers two extremes when it comes to rafting trips. The headwaters of the Colorado River form in the mountains of the Rocky Mountain National Park at an altitude of 9,010 ft. Experience the excitement and beauty of the state’s namesake river, the Colorado River. From the fun, mellow and relaxing float trips to one of the country’s most extreme whitewater rafting trips the Colorado River has something for everyone. If you just want to enjoy the pristine beauty of the Gore Mountain range why not view it while floating down the Colorado River on our Upper Colorado Scenic Float. If you are in tiptop shape and want to experience a whitewater rafting trip of a lifetime, challenge yourself with the pounding water of the Colorado River’s Gore Canyon trip.
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. This river in Colorado offers a variety of paddling for all levels of boating. The upper sections, Dowd Chutes, are technical with more continuous whitewater; while the Lower Eagle opens up and becomes more forgiving with the rapids spreading out. This is another Colorado rafting trip that accommodates all ages and skill levels.
This scenic run near Summit County offers a quick hit of Class III whitewater fun. With views of the craggy Gore Range mountains, the Blue River winds north of Silverthorne towards Green Mountain Reservoir. This river is a great option for families and first-timers. The Blue River season varies and is dependent on water flows. Call for reservations.