Page Last Updated: May 28, 2020
We want to help you navigate this uncertain time, and provide answers to all of your questions. While we might not have the answer to every question surrounding recreation in Colorado right now, we are going to do our best to find the information and provide the most up to date information. As things continue to change, and evolve, we will continue to update these questions surrounding the reopening of outdoor recreation in Colorado.
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Denver is under a safer at home order, but you can recreate within 10 miles of your home. Under the current order it is permissible to use trails, parks, and other green spaces. Private campsites are open and even skiing is resuming at places like A-Basin.
Under the safer-at-home order, Coloradans should still stay close to home. There should be an update on June 1 about leaving Denver and heading to the mountains for recreation. We will provide an update as soon as it comes available.
Wear a mask when participating in outdoor activities if it is safe for you to do so. If you will be in close proximity to people outside of your group you should wear a mask.
Whitewater rafting tours have started in Colorado. You can take a rafting tour on the Upper Colorado River, the Arkansas River and the Blue River currently. As more rivers become available we will provide an update.
We are whitewater rafting on the Blue River just 30 minutes from Breckenridge in Silverthorne Colorado. The Blue River is a fun class III trip that will last about 1/3 of a day. This is a great way to get outside and enjoy a refreshing activity.
Currently, trail-heads, bike paths, and other green spaces are open for use. Additionally, whitewater rafting is open on the Blue River, the Colorado River and the Arkansas River which are all an hour or less from Breckenridge.
Short term rentals such as hotels, airbnb, and other lodges are scheduled to open for visitors June 1.
Breckenridge main street is open and the town is planning on making it a pedestrian street. Businesses will be able to have some tables and displays outside in order to keep guests socially distanced.
You can currently book lodging in Vail. While not all properties are open right now, there are a number of places for visitors to stay in Vail right now.
Just like many towns and counties in Colorado, trails, parks, bike paths and more are open for use. Additionally, there is rafting, ziplining, off-roading, fishing and more open near Vail Colorado.
There are a lot of whitewater rafting options near Vail that are currently open for visitors. We are operating on the Colorado River, the Blue River and the Arkansas River which are all close to Vail.
The safer at home mandate still asks people to socially distance as much as possible while also beginning to open more businesses across the state. Businesses will be operating with restrictions. Colorado is still under this level currently.
Currently, it is still not permissible to open playgrounds, rec centers, public pools, hot springs, and contact sports.
Many businesses have gotten the green-light to open but just at a limited capacity. This includes bars and restaurants, as well as retail.
You can go whitewater rafting in Colorado under the current regulations. There are many rivers, tour operators, and locations for people to raft. We are operating on the Colorado River, Arkansas River and Blue River currently, and hope to be operating on Clear Creek soon.
Getting outside is going to be a safe option this summer, and with outfitters taking extra safety whitewater rafting will be great activity for this summer. With extra sanitation precautions, smaller group sizes and a totally open air experience, rafting can be your go to summer adventure.
The great news is that you can indeed social distance during a rafting trip and at AVA we are offering private boats. You will need to have a guide in your boat, but we can assure that each guide will be screened daily to make sure they are healthy before guiding you down the river.
Find our most up to date information on the opening of whitewater rafting and other outdoor adventures in Colorado by clicking the learn more link below. For our general FAQ page click here.