April in the Colorado Rockies has been good for the snow pack, and with more flurries in the forecast this week we’re setting ourselves up for a fun rafting season in the state. Here’s a highlight of some of the rivers that you should head to for a whitewater excursion this year.
Arkansas River | Buena Vista
Being a large tributary of the Mississippi River, the Arkansas River flows through a handful of states throughout the U.S., but the headwaters start in the Mosquito and Sawatch ranges of Colorado. Through Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, the “Ark” drops a stunning 4,600 feet in 120 miles, generating adventurers from across the world flock to the area to paddle its rapids.
Between the breathtaking National Monument of Browns Canyon, the highly intense rapids of Pine Creek, overnight rafting trips and rustic miner cabins at the outpost, Buena Vista is the ultimate Rocky Mountain escape. Those on the hunt to navigate the best whitewater in the country, the Arkansas River is for you.
Clear Creek | Idaho Springs
A great river to venture out on within moments of the Denver area is Clear Creek. This 66 mile long creek begins on the Continental Divide near Loveland Pass and descends down to Colorado’s front range through Golden and right past the the Coors Brewery, and has actually been the brewery’s main water source for nearly 150 years.
Starting in just a few weeks, rafting trips on Clear Creek will be fully underway and the snow melt from the Continental Divide will have the water rolling come June. Whether you’re looking for an afternoon getaway in May to avoid the summer crowds or an intense high-water Class V adventure, Clear Creek is a great destination for groups of all ages and skill levels.
Colorado River | Kremmling
Oh, the almighty Colorado River. This beast is just under 1,500 miles long and flows through seven states in America into the country of Mexico. If you’ve ever ventured around Moab, Utah, Horseshoe Bend in Arizona, or the Grand Canyon, you’ve caught a glimpse of the beautiful and powerful Colorado River.
Located out of AVA’s Kremmling outpost are plenty of scenic floats and water adventures along the Colorado River. Bring the whole crew on the half day, full day, or overnight float excursions if you’re keen on rafting, or try a new activity with inflatable kayak or stand up paddle board rentals. The magnificent cliffs outlining the river create the perfect backdrop for a Rocky Mountain adventure.
Start planning your Colorado outdoor rafting activities today while winter runs the rest of its course. If you book now, you can take advantage of all the early bird deals for adventures in the Rockies!