Rafting Starts May 1st for AVA
Trip Recommender

Find Your Perfect Adventure

Rafting Season Starts May 1st

Whitewater Rafting in Colorado

With the weather getting warmer causing snow melt, rafting season is right around the corner. The snowpack report this year has ratings for a good snow melt to feed our rivers. AVA’s prime outposts open as follows.

rafting season

  • The Idaho Springs outpost on Clear Creek opens May 1st. Being located less than 40 minutes from the city, this is a good rafting option if you are coming from Denver or the Denver metro area. At this location you can go on trips fitting for all skill levels. The trip lengths range from ⅓ day to full day trips. If you want activities outside of rafting, you’ll have the option to zip line on our Cliffside aerial course. You can zip in the morning, go eat at Beau Jo’s pizza or enjoy food and drinks at Tommyknocker Brewery in town before your raft trip that afternoon. Idaho Springs was one of the first mining towns to spring up in Colorado which makes for a unique experience.
  • We have another outpost in Granite, Colorado on the Arkansas River which opens May 1st as well. If you are looking for an experience in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains you will find it here. This is a good location if you are staying in Aspen or Summit County because it is a scenic drive that takes slightly over an hour. We have trips covering all skill levels and all different lengths including overnight trips where we provide gear for your camping experience. At this outpost we offer the most variety of activities outside of rafting. You’ll have options to zip on our Mountaintop aerial course, rock climb, and rappel. We have a fully stocked kitchen at the outpost so we can provide a traditional breakfast, a chicken fajita lunch, or a camp dinner of chicken, burgers, and steaks to soothe your appetite. Rustic cabins along with a campsite can be found here in case you’re not looking to make a long drive before your morning start time.
  • If you’re looking for a more laid back, scenic trip with calmer water or an early fall trip down one of the most dangerous stretches of commercial white water, you need to take a trip out of our Kremmling outpost on the Upper Colorado River. This outpost opens on May 24th. We have trips ranging from half days to three days. Your options are open to guided trips or renting gear for rafting privately on a standard raft, ducky (inflatable kayak), or SUP (stand-up paddle board). The Upper Colorado River is one of the few areas in Colorado where bald eagles can be spotted quite frequently. Along with the eagles you can see bighorn sheep, pronghorn, mule deer, elk, and the occasional turkey. We have you covered from extreme whitewater early in the fall to customizable, laid back river trips out in Kremmling.

rafting seasonCall in today at 877-RAFTING or reserve online at the outpost that best accompanies your interests.