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The Best Time to Raft in Colorado

Colorado Whitewater Rafting

The state of Colorado offers nearly endless options when it comes to outdoor activities. The winter months provide plenty of snow for skiing, snowboarding, dog sledding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, etc. By spring, the snow melts down from the mountains to fill the rivers with white water rapids. From April through October rafting trips are hosted throughout the state of Colorado. 

In the central part of the state is the Colorado River. While it births at the base of the Rocky Mountains, the 1,450-mile-long river travels southwest; through seven US states, eleven National Parks and into Mexico. The Colorado River is most notable in that it flows through the Grand Canyon. If visiting the state of Colorado between May and September, a trip down the Colorado River is a must-do on your itinerary. AVA Rafting offers a variety of excursions on the Colorado River. Our Scenic Float Full Day is a mellow option, especially when compared to the class 5 rapids on AVA's Gore Canyon trip

The best time to float down the Arkansas River is from May till September. It is a major tributary of the Mississippi River and traverses through Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. Its headwaters are derived from the snow melt off the Sawatch and Mosquito Mountain ranges in Colorado. At its source, the Arkansas River Valley, there is plenty of whitewater for extreme thrill seekers. There are also more mellow sections of the river for class III trips, ideal for timid first-timers and families.  

Another May to September rafting option is Clear Creek. Its waters rise from the Continental Divide near Loveland Pass and flow to the east for approximately 44 miles. Clear Creek raft trips meet in Idaho Springs, conveniently located just thirty minutes outside of Denver. AVA's Pheonix Full Day trips are high adrenaline whitewhite water rafting. Our experienced guides will get your group safely down the river and, in addition to providing the necessary equipment (life jackets, wetsuits, splash jackets, and helmets), AVA will serve a riverside BBQ lunch. As you eat, keep an eye on the rock walls of the Clear Creek Canyon since it is a popular location for climbers.      

The month of June is perfect for rafting down the Blue River. While further west than Idaho Springs and a longer commute from Denver, the Blue River trips meet in Silverthorne, which is perfect for anybody vacationing in Summit County (Breckenridge, Frisco, and Keystone). AVA's Blue River Express rafting trips take up only a third of your day and feature intermediate rapids, making it a family-friendly excursion and ideal for rafting beginners. The Blue also boasts world-renown fly fishing.

Ready to book your trip? Give our trip specialists a call at 877-RAFTING (877-723-8464) to plan the adventure of a lifetime!

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