Page Last Updated: March 8, 2021
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 resources for you. As things continue to change, and evolve, we will continue to update these questions surrounding the reopening of outdoor recreation in Colorado.
We will start our 2021 season off with the same operations from our 2020 season. For the latest updates as COVID restrictions change throughout the year, please refer back to this page.
If you would like to speak to one of our specialists and hear more about how we are changing out operations in response to the pandemic, please give us a call at 1-877-RAFTING.
Outdoor recreation is great for your physical and mental health and under the public health order Governor Polis recommends outdoor recreation for the people of Colorado in a safe and responsible manner. Stay with your group, wear a mask when encountering others, and take extra sanitary precautions when necessary.
Under the safer-at-home order, Coloradans should still stay close to home. We are waiting to hear what the next phase after safer-at-home will be. Currently, outdoor adventure operators are allowed to take guests on trips.
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. The closest rafting to Denver is Clear Creek which is open for guests. You can also take a rafting tour on the Upper Colorado River, and the Arkansas River.
You can raft on Clear Creek, the Arkansas River, the Colorado River and more rivers near Breckenridge. Each river is about 1 hour from Breckenridge, making it the perfect central location for your vacation.
Currently, trail-heads, bike paths, and other green spaces are open for use. Additionally, whitewater rafting is open on the Clear Creek, Colorado River and the Arkansas River which are all an hour or less from Breckenridge. Ziplining and Via Ferrata are available as well as fly fishing, UTV rentals and more!
Short term rentals such as hotels, airbnb, and other lodges are open for visitors. Breckenridge Main Street has been turned into a pedestrian street to make it safer for guests to eat outside and socially distance from others.
Breckenridge Main Street will open as a pedestrian street come warmer weather. Businesses will have some tables and displays outside in order to keep guests socially distanced. Masks will continue to be mandatory when walking around the town of Breckenridge.
You can currently book lodging in Vail, and the town is open for visitors.
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, and the Arkansas River which are all close to Vail.
Businesses are still operating at restricted capacites and the Public Health Department is constantly monitoring the latest COVID status in every county and making adjustments to these restrictions accordingly. To see the latest restriction in the county you will be traveling to, please go to https://covid19.colorado.gov/data/covid-19-dial-dashboard.
Use of playgrounds, public pools, hot springs, and contact sports and gradually making their way back into every day life here in Colorado. Currently there are no outdoor activities not allowed in the state.
Bars and restaurants as well as retail are currently in operation, just at a limited capacity.
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.