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The Best Time to Raft in Colorado

The best time to raft in Colorado is between May – July. It’s possible to raft in Colorado starting in the early spring all the way through early fall, and the best trip for you could fall at anytime throughout depending on what experience you are looking for on the river. 

Colorado Rivers fluctuate throughout the season and from year to year. Therefore, the best time to raft can range depending on what you group wants, and what month you are rafting. Our rivers our fed by melting snow, so conditions are variable depending on the amount of snow that each region received the winter before rafting season.

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The Best Rafting for Different Groups

  • Families with Kids

    Each river has an age minimum, so depending on the age of everyone in your group the following rivers will be the best rafting experience for your family.

    • Kids between the age 2-4: Upper Colorado River Trips
    • Kids age 5: Blue River and Upper Colorado River Trips
    • Kids age 6: Clear Creek, Blue River, and Upper Colorado River Trips
    • Kids between the age of 7-11: Arkansas River, Clear Creek, Blue River, Upper Colorado River Trips + ziplining packages
    • Kids between age 12-14: Same as 7-11 + Via Ferrata packages
    • Those 15+: All trips on all rivers
    • *Minimum ages are subject to change based on water levels.

  • Those Looking for a Relaxing Experience

    If you are looking for a more leisurely experience for your group sit back, relax, and enjoy the incredible scenery, then the following river trips are best for your group.

    • Scenic Float Full Day Rafting on the Upper Colorado River
    • Scenic Float Half Day Rafting on the Upper Colorado River
    • 24 Hours on the Upper Colorado River
    • 3 Day Upper Colorado River Float
    • *Age minimum for all of these trips are 2 years+

  • Those Seeking a Thrilling Experience

    If you are looking for an adrenaline rush for your rafting trip, then the following rivers and trips are best for your group.

    • Clear Creek River
    • The Blue River
    • The Arkansas River
    • Stand Up Paddle Boarding and Kayaking on the Upper Colorado River
  • Experienced Rafters

    If you have been out on the river a few times before, and you are looking to work hard and go out on the hardest rapids that Colorado has to offer then the following rivers are the best for you to visit.

    • Clear Creek River
    • The Arkansas River

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Choose the Best Rafting during Your Time in Colorado

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What to Expect Each Month of Rafting Season

MAY


  • The Arkansas River: Families with children ages 7+ as well as thrill seekers and experienced rafters.

  • The Upper Colorado River: Families with children ages 2+ as well as those looking for a relaxing river trip.

  • The Clear Creek River: Families with children ages 6+ as well as thrill seekers and advanced rafters.

JUNE


  • The Arkansas River: Families with children ages 7+ as well as thrill seekers and experienced rafters.

  • The Upper Colorado River: Families with children ages 2+ as well as those looking for a relaxing river trip or SUP/Kayak.

  • The Clear Creek River: Families with children ages 6+ as well as thrill seekers and advanced rafters.

  • The Blue River: Thrill seekers and advanced rafters. Minimum age for the Blue River may vary during June

JULY


  • The Arkansas River: Families with children ages 7+ as well as thrill seekers and experienced rafters.

  • The Upper Colorado River: Families with children ages 2+ as well as those looking for a relaxing river trip or SUP/Kayak.

  • The Clear Creek River: Families with children ages 6+ as well as thrill seekers and advanced rafters.

  • The Blue River: Families with children ages 5+ as well as thrill seekers and advanced rafters.

AUGUST


  • The Arkansas River: Families with children ages 7+ as well as thrill seekers and experienced rafters.

  • The Upper Colorado River: Families with children ages 2+ as well as those looking for a relaxing river trip or SUP/Kayak.

  • The Clear Creek River: Families with children ages 6+ as well as thrill seekers and advanced rafters.

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Best Rafting Trips Based on Location

Buena Vista, Colorado

The Arkansas River in Buena Vista is 1 hour south from Breckenridge. The best time to raft the Ark is between May - September.

Idaho Springs, Colorado

Clear Creek in Idaho Springs is only 30 minutes from Denver. The best time to raft the Clear Creek between May - September.

Kremmling, Colorado

The Upper Colorado in Kremmling is 1 hour north of Breckenridge. The best time raft the Colorado is between mid May - late September

Breckenridge, Colorado

The Blue River is 30 minutes from downtown Breckenridge. The best time to raft the Blue is June and early July.
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