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WHITEWATER RAFTING IN COLORADO 

AVA offers a range of rafting adventures in multiple locations, from beginner floats to the biggest Class V thrills. Whether you’re interested in laid back and scenic or high adrenaline thrills; a couple hours on the water or a couple days; or you’re hoping to combine several different activities with your Colorado white water rafting trip, AVA can provide an adventure of a lifetime. Let us find the perfect white water rafting trip in Colorado for your group, whether you’re bringing grandma and the grandkids or putting together an activity for a bachelor party!

OUR TRENDING WHITEWATER RAFTING TRIPS

  • BROWNS CANYON 1/2 DAY

  • LOCATION: Buena Vista, CO VIEW MAP
    ACTIVITIES: Whitewater Rafting Colorado
    DURATION: 1/2 Day
    DIFFICULTY: Level 4
    RIVER RATING: Class III
    MINIMUM AGE: 7 years old
    PRICE: from $89-$99 Ages 13+
    from $79-$89 Ages 7-12

  • SCENIC 1/2 DAY FLOAT TRIP

  • LOCATION: Kremmling, CO VIEW MAP
    ACTIVITIES: Whitewater Rafting Colorado
    DURATION: 1/2 Day
    DIFFICULTY: Level 2
    RIVER RATING: Class II
    MINIMUM AGE: 2 years old
    PRICE: from $69 – $79 Ages 13+
    from $51.75 – $59.25 Ages 2-12

  • THE NUMBERS 1/2 DAY

  • LOCATION: Buena Vista, CO VIEW MAP
    ACTIVITIES: Whitewater Rafting Colorado
    DURATION: 1/2 Day
    DIFFICULTY: Level 5
    RIVER RATING: Class IV
    MINIMUM AGE: 15 years old
    PRICE: from $104 – $109 Ages 15+
    (15yrs is the minimum age for this trip)

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WHAT TO EXPECT ON A COLORADO WHITEWATER RAFTING TRIP WITH AVA

Rafting Equipment Included

Unlike other rafting outfitters, AVA rafting trips provide you with a wetsuit, splash jacket, PDF, paddle, and helmet. Well, we hope the others at least provide you with a paddle!? Just be sure to bring appropriate water shoes and review each trip's itinerary before you go. You can always purchase water shoes at our outposts if you need to. If you have any more questions about "what to bring" on your rafting trip, give us a call at 1-800-370-0581.

Safety Briefing & Highly Trained Guides

When you book your rafting trip through a trusted commercial outfitter like AVA, you will be given all of the necessary information before your trip. Our highly trained staff and river guides will teach you how to hold your paddle, go over the commands used to navigate, and any swimming techniques you may need to know if you get ejected from the raft.

Timely Departures

Be sure to check drive times and traffic conditions prior to your trip. AVA prides itself on punctual departures to insure we accommodate everything from our guest's busy itineraries to mandated river "slots" we've reserved for particular rivers and national parks. If you have any questions or concerns regarding our trip policies, you can review your trip confirmation or call us at 1-877-RAFTING

Photo Packages & Final Details

During your trip, our professional photographers will be visible (and not so visible) capturing all the thrills and spills from your rafting adventure. After your trip, you’ll hop back on the bus and head back to our AVA outpost, where our guides will collect and wash your gear. At the outpost, you can head inside and check out the photos of your trip. You can buy your photos and show them off online right away. Don’t forget to pick up some great AVA Rafting & Zipline clothing as well. If you had a great time and want to let your guides know they will be outside washing your gear. While gratuities are not required they are certainly appreciated by our staff.

Tips for Choosing A Colorado Whitewater Rafting Trip

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SELECTING A RIVER

Looking for the best river for whitewater rafting in Colorado? There’s a lot that can go into choosing the right river for your Colorado rafting adventure. You’re probably asking, “what’s the best rafting river near me?” or “what’s the best river to raft with a young family?”, these are great questions. Here at AVA, we operate on some of Colorado’s most iconic rivers including the Colorado, Arkansas, and Clear Creek.

Each river has its own personality and unique options for half-day rafting trips, full days, overnights, Class II to Class V, and recommended experience levels. Be sure to consider how far you are willing to drive for your river trip; while AVA’s outposts are typically located 1 to 2 hours from Colorado’s top destinations, you’ll want to be sure you know where the trip you’re researching is located.

Take a look at the following river selection and if you have questions, you can always give us a call and talk to our experienced trip sales staff who can help find a trip that’s right for you, your group, or your family.

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  • Arkansas River Info & Whitewater Rafting Trips

    The Arkansas River is conveniently located in Central Colorado, with whitewater rafting tours typically launching out of our beautiful Buena Vista outpost. The Arkansas River is one of Colorado's most famous whitewater rafting destinations, hosting the most popular stretch of water in the United states that flows through the iconic Browns Canyon National Monument. The Arkansas is dam controlled, making it a "bit" more predictable year after year, and it accommodates a diversity if experience levels and epic overnight adventures.

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  • Clear Creek Info & Whitewater Rafting Trips

    Clear Creek is a popular river as it's conveniently located just 30 minutes from Colorado's "Mile High" capital Denver. Winding through the beautiful foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Clear Creek is an addictingly moody river that boasts a diversity of difficulties and scenery that includes the town where the Gold Rush started.. You will find rafting options for beginners all the way through advanced rafting stretches, you can even book packages that include exclusive guided access to our "cliffside" zipline and via ferrata courses.

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  • Colorado River Info & Whitewater Rafting Trips

    Our Colorado River rafting trips start from our exclusive outpost in Kremmling, Colorado. Just an hour north of Breckenridge, and a slightly longer haul from the city, this stretch of the Colorado River is the perfect rafting location for those wanting to enjoy spectacular mountain ranges, wildlife, fun rapids, and floats for the whole family. You can even mix up your watercraft and trips with our inflateable kayaks (called "duckies") and standup paddleboards. This outpost and river also offer guided fly fishing tours, floats, all-inclusive overnight trips, and gear rentals for you to explore the river yourself.

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  • Blue River Info & Whitewater Rafting Trips

    The "elusive" Blue River runs right through the heart of Frisco, Keystone, and Breckenridge. The Blue River is a treat for anyone lucky enough to be in Colorado when it's running, as it takes a perfect combination of snowpack and the right conditions to actually run this river. Rafting on the Blue River is not only exciting but a uniquely breathtaking way to explore the mountains via raft, and it's perfect for all levels.

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Check Trip Age & Weight Minimums

Whether it’s your first rafting trip or your 100th, it’s always important to take your time evaluating the different whitewater rafting trips in Colorado. Some of the most important factors to consider when choosing a whitewater rafting trip are the minimum ages and weights listed for that particular trip. If you’re a young family, we recommend our Colorado River float trips as those trips are more mellow and have the lowest age/weight requirements. Another great resource is our FAQs page.

 

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Consider the Physical Fitness of Your Group

Whitewater rafting comes in a variety of “flavors”. From extra-spicy, adrenaline-inducing, ghost pepper, to lightly salted and scenic with a side of wildlife. If you have an appetite for some of the more “spicy” trips, consider not only your own fitness level but more so, that of your entire group; because getting a raft down the river requires everyone to paddle together. If you’re curious about our rafting difficulty levels and the different river classifications, click here.

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Book Early if You Can

Rafting is a very popular Colorado pastime and bucket-list adventure for many. We highly recommend booking your trip ahead of time, either through our website or by calling our friendly human trip specialists; who are available 7 days a week all year long at 800-370-0581. Once you’ve booked your trip, a detailed confirmation letter will be emailed to you that includes: driving directions, a gear list, trip time, date(s), and more.

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