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Colorado River

Colorado River Whitewater Rafting

The Colorado River is a part of our beautiful state that we believe everybody should experience - at least once. Because of this, we can’t think of a better place to bring your rafting group, or plan a church group outing or arrange a scouting retreat for scouts of any age or gather any type of group who wants a unique take on what makes Colorado so great! It’s even a terrific place to bring a bachelor or bachelorette party. With some of the most beautiful scenery in the country, you may even be tempted to make a last minute plan to hold your wedding or honeymoon here!

Whatever time of season you decide to go whitewater rafting and whatever your river ability might be, the Colorado River in Colorado offers mountain scenery beyond compare combined with river rafting fun of of all sorts. From fun float trips appropriate for any age to challenging, pulse-pounding waterways, the Colorado River has river trips for everyone at a variety of rafting prices sure to fit your budget.

With so much variation in the water, it’s a great destination for school trips and youth groups.

Rafting together forms a bond between even the youngest rafters that they’ll remember forever. Our guides are fountains of knowledge and will help any group gain a new perspective on the wonders of Colorado.

With over 14 years of rafting Colorado River experience, AVA offers some of the most memorable whitewater rafting adventures available. Come experience all the natural beauty the Colorado wilderness has to offer in a trip you’ll never forget.  Trust our experience to show you the excitement and beauty of the state’s namesake river.

Upper Colorado River Rafting Trips

All Upper Colorado trips leave from our office in Kremmling, about 45 minutes north of Silverthorne, about 50 minutes from Steamboat and Winter Park, and 1 hour from Breckenridge. 

AVA is a Licensed River Outfitter - Issued by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. All or part of this operation is conducted on Public Lands under special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

Scenic Float Trips: Beginner Rafting

Our Upper Colorado Scenic Float Trip (May thru September) offers mellow terrain for all ages. Float in between the walls of “Little Gore Canyon” where wildlife and scenery abound.
We also offer Inflatable Kayak Trips that let you command your own inflatable kayak. And don’t worry; no experience is necessary. With a bit of guidance, it’s easy to learn to paddle these stable vessels through several riffles, wave trains, and small rapids that’ll certainly keep you busy!

Options on this section of the Colorado River include:

Inflatable Kayak Trips: Add Some Excitement

Paddling your own Inflatable Kayak steps up the thrill level a notch. You'll be in charge of your own small craft - kind of like a mini-raft. A guide will always be close by on a raft or another inflatable kayak.

Options for Inflatable Kayak Trips include:

Stand Up Paddleboarding

Try the newest craze in river sports: Stand Up Paddleboard. You'll float down the river on your knees or standing up on a sturdy surfboard-like board. So much fun and the more mellow waters of the Upper Colorado are the perfect place to try it. Half Day Stand Up Paddleboard trips are available morning or afternoon. 

Gore Canyon: Advanced + Rafting

Adrenaline Junkies – LOOK HERE!

For more experienced rafters or those seeking the ultimate in pulse-pounding whitewater, try one of our Gore Canyon Rafting Trips (late July thru early September). With Class IV and V whitewater rapids, Gore Canyon is considered a rite of passage by many in the paddling world – and entices rafters from around the United States and the world looking for the most challenging river runs on the planet. It’s is a must-do if you want to see the best and most challenging whitewater Colorado has to offer.

Lower Colorado River Rafting

Shoshone Rapids

The lower Colorado River near Glenwood Springs offers a Shoshone Rapids whitewater rafting trip packed with Class III excitement through the towering red rock walls of Glenwood Canyon. This is a great family trip for those staying near Glenwood, Eagle or Vail or passing through the state on I-70. Shoshone trips meet just west of Glenwood Springs and are a great activity capturing the heart of the Colorado terrain.

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