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Best 3 Whitewater Rafting Trips for Large Groups in Colorado

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Looking for an amazing whitewater or other outdoor adventure for your group? Then look no further, AVA is the place for you. From groups of 10 through 400, we have plenty of different trip options throughout Colorado for your group to have the best adventure experience possible.

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Whether your group is a  bachelor/bachelorette party, sports team, church group, scout group, or family reunion, we want to help you get out on the water or high up in the Rocky Mountains. With our three outposts and rafting on rivers throughout Colorado, we’ll make sure your group finds the perfect location to fit an adventure into your Colorado itinerary. Our rafting and other adventure trips range from mild to wild, so everyone from beginner rafters to experts can have fun.

Here, we’ve gathered some of our favorite group trips to get you started.

Overnight Trips

Overnight trips are a perfect opportunity to bond with your group in the great outdoors. You will raft during the day, enjoy a riverside campfire at night, and have plenty of time to relax or play games. After a day of paddling, cliff jumping, and sunbathing, we help you set up a riverside camp. Your raft guides will take care of the kitchen, fire, seats, and tents, as well as prepare a delicious dinner and breakfast — all your group needs to do is have fun!

Overnight trip options include:

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Clear Creek Rafting

If you group is looking for a day trip close to Denver, then a rafting trip on Clear Creek might be the choice for you. Clear Creek offers class II-V 1/3 day, half day, and full day trips and is accessible from our outpost in Idaho Springs.

Clear Creek favorites:

  • Clear Creek Gold Rush: 1/3 day trip through milder class III rapids, perfect for groups with younger children
  • Upper Clear Creek: 1/2 day trip on more intense class IV whitewater
  • The Phoenix: Full day, adrenaline pumping trip on 20 miles of class IV and V rapids

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Our Idaho Springs outpost also hosts exciting zipline and Via Ferrata courses, with the opportunity to combine one of these aerial adventures with a rafting trip for a full day multi-adventure package. Your group will be able to maximize your time in Colorado’s outdoors and participate in two exciting activities! We additionally recommend checking out downtown Idaho Springs and its locally renowned breweries and restaurants, including Beau Jo’s Pizza, Tommyknocker Brewery, and Two Brother’s Deli.

From Mild to Wild in Buena Vista, Colorado

Trips at our Buena Vista outpost are perfect for groups looking for the ultimate Colorado experience. About 2 hours from Denver and a little over 1 hour from Breckenridge and Vail, Buena Vista is still an easy day trip for those hoping to immerse themselves in Colorado’s best scenery. Rafting trips run on the Arkansas River and offer opportunities from the milder to the wild.

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Arkansas River Favorites:

  • Brown’s Canyon 1/2 Day: This family friendly adventure on class III rapids takes you through a National Monument
  • The Numbers 1/2 Day: Conquer some of the best rapids in the state on this class IV half day trip through the Arkansas River’s stunning scenery
  • The Gauntlet – Pine Creek and the Numbers: This full day trip takes your group on a wild ride on class III through V rapids, including Colorado’s steepest and most technical whitewater

Our Buena Vista outpost also offers your group the opportunity to participate in the best of Colorado’s land activities with a tour on our zipline or Via Ferrata course. These courses take you high up into the mountainside within the Arkansas River Valley reaping stunning views of the Arkansas River and Collegiate Peaks mountain range. Here, groups can also combine these activities in a multi-adventure package for a seamless full day of adventure!

Check out all of our additional adventure opportunities, including fly fishing, float trips, stand up paddleboarding, kayaking, UTV rentals, and rock-climbing, and discover 7 more awesome group adventures. And if your group is looking for something different, let us know and we’ll help you build the perfect custom adventure package! Our group deals and discounts start at 10 plus people, with the larger your group, the more you save!

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