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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.

 

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Tips for Choosing A Colorado Whitewater Rafting Trip

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Choosing 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 it’s own personality and unique options for half-day rafting trips, full-days, overnights, Class II to Class V, and recommended experience levels. Take a look at the following river selection and if you have anymore 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.

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Explore Colorado's Best Rivers for Whitewater Rafting

  • 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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CHOOSING A COLORADO WHITEWATER RAFTING TRIP

Take your time evaluating the different white water rafting trips in Colorado or call our sales office to speak to a rafting specialist. Some of the factors to consider when choosing a whitewater rafting trip are the ages and physical fitness levels in your group. Families with younger children should be sure to check the minimum ages and weights listed. 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.

We highly recommend booking your trip ahead of time, either through our website or by calling 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. This email will include driving directions, a gear list, trip time and date, and more.

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WHAT TO EXPECT ON A COLORADO WHITEWATER RAFTING TRIP WITH AVA

Once you have booked your Colorado white water rafting trip, you get to leave the rest up to us. You will arrive at an AVA outpost and check in, and we take care of you from here. With our staff and guides’ instruction, you will gear up and get ready for your trip.

Whitewater rafting equipment

During your trip, all of the equipment will be provided for a safe and successful rafting outing. We will provide a wetsuit, splash jacket, PDF, paddle, and helmet. You will get a thorough safety orientation before you begin down the river.

Whitewater rafting safety tips

When you book your rafting trip through a commercial outfitter, you will be given all of the necessary information before your trip. The guides will teach you how to hold the paddle, the proper commands, and any swimming techniques you may need to know.

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