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Dowd Chute

  • Location

    in Minturn: near Vail, CO

  • Duration

    Trip Time: 4 hrs

  • Difficulty

    Advanced Whitewater

  • Price

    Primary $99.00 Adult Ages 16+

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Dowd Chute

  • Continuous, action-packed advanced whitewater
  • Both morning and afternoon trips available to accommodate different schedules
  • Approximately 2 hours on the water
  • Approximately 4 hours total time commitment
  • Good physical condition required
  • Minimum age 16 (Minimum age may fluctuate depending on water levels and individual qualifications.)
  • Season runs May-June and is dependent on water levels

The Eagle River, just minutes from Vail and Beaver Creek, is the home of Dowd Chute, which offers some of the most thrilling and intense rafting in Colorado. The quarter-mile stretch of river located in Dowd Junction is the most aggressive part of the river as the banks of the Eagle River constrict, forming a narrow chute that you will blast through culminating in Dowd Chute Rapid, the largest drop on the entire Eagle River.  You’ll have little time to celebrate after conquering this legendary rapid – a string of thrilling Class III rapids follows quickly behind providing a non-stop rollercoaster ride. Because the Eagle River is not dam-controlled, water levels fluctuate with the weather, which means each time you run this trip, you will have a different experience.

After an action-packed trip on the river, you may just want to kick back and relax at one of the top-notch restaurants in nearby Vail or Beaver Creek.  If you just can’t that adrenaline go, consider renting a bike and exploring the area further.  Mountain bikers will enjoy the network of singletrack bike trails that crisscross the ski slopes and are accessible by chairlift. Road bikers can take advantage of the extensive paved trail system or test their endurance biking to the top of Vail Pass with an elevation gain of over 1800 feet.  No matter what you decide, you’ll get plenty of stunning mountain views!

Advanced, ½ Day, near Vail

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