Whether you are just visiting, or have been living in Colorado for some time, it is well known that there is surely no shortage of outdoor activities! No matter if your choice is rock climbing, ziplining, hiking or rafting, you can pretty much do it anywhere in Colorado. With so many choices, it can be overwhelming when trying to choose a perfect location to have fun and play in, especially when rafting. Luckily for you, we have made it super easy with this guide to choosing the perfect river for your Colorado rafting trip.
Running through Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas is the Mississippi River’s third largest tributary, the Arkansas River. The Arkansas River is one of the most popular rivers for whitewater rafting in the country! Home to beginner, intermediate, and advanced rapids, this is a diverse river that harbors rapids for every ability. With tons of scenic beauty, and located just a little over one hour from Summit County, this river is a great option if you’re already in the mountains.
Clear Creek River
For our folks on the Front Range, Clear Creek offers an ideal rafting environment for all ages. Only about 30 minutes West of Denver, Clear Creek is a narrow technical river that has navigable sections for everyone. While on Clear Creek, you will have the opportunity to view some of the old mines where gold was first found!
The Upper Colorado River is one of our more unique rivers. What makes it so special, you may ask? Colorado's namesake river is home to the most beginner and most advanced rapids in the country. The Upper Colorado offers scenic beauty and some good old fashion floaty fun! On the other hand, Gore Canyon has long been known as one of the most advanced sections of whitewater in the country. The Colorado River is located in Kremmling, about 45 minutes away from Steamboat Springs.
Located in Eagle County, with Vail and Beaver Creek in close proximity, the Eagle River is one of the last rivers in Colorado that is undammed. Because it is a natural flowing river, it is very unpredictable in regards to water levels. When the Eagle River is flowing, there are two distinct sections. The first section is called the Lower Eagle and offers small holes and fun for all ages and abilities. The Dowd Chute on the other hand is the more advanced section of whitewater, hosting a nice sized drop and continuous Class III & IV rapids. The Eagle River, because it is still all natural, is great during the early season when snowmelt is at its highest.
No matter your location and no matter your level of experience, Colorado is a state that has a river for everyone and AVA can get you there! Whether you are looking for some family fun on the Colorado River, or some exhilarating thrill on the Arkansas, there is plenty of whitewater to be had!