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Colorado Springs has long been known as a “must-see” on Colorado travelers’ lists – and not just for all the great outdoor adventure and whitewater rafting near Colorado Springs.With Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods, Old Colorado City, Cave of the Winds and more famous and historical attractions, you could fill a whole vacation in this one city.

Our Granite Outpost north of Buena Vista, is the location closest to Colorado Springs with the most variety.  It is less then a 2 hour drive from Colorado Springs. There you can choose from several family rafting trips through Browns Canyon, or up the ante with an advanced whitewater rafting trip on The Numbers. Make the most of your day and your money with one of our rafting+zipline packages.


Colorado Springs Whitewater Rafting & Other Activities

Downtown Colorado Springs offers a slew of great restaurants in one hip and happenin’ location. Or choose to stay in the classic Manitou Springs among the towering redrock cliffs. It’s impossible to experience all of Colorado, but in less than 2 hours’ drive you can be at one of several white water rafting or zipline locations further into the Colorado mountains.


What is the closest rafting to Colorado Springs?

The closest rafting is in Canon City at the Royal Gorge. Drive just a little farther and land in the rafting mecca at Buena Vista Colorado. If you are making a trip to Denver, then Clear Creek is only 30 minutes from there!

What is the closest zipline course to Colorado Springs?

The closest zipline is in Canon City over the Royal Gorge. For a mountain top experience that is incorporated into the natural landscape head to Buena Vista for the Mountain Top Zipline Adventure.

What is the Best rafting Near Colorado Springs?

The most popular rafting near Colorado Springs i the Arkansas River in Buena Vista. This is the second most rafted river in the world and for good reason- it is stunning and has really fun rapids.

When is the Colorado Springs Rafting Season?

The Colorado Springs rafting season typically starts in April and can go through September. Rafting season can vary from year to year in Colorado sense it is dependent on the amount of snow that is received over the winter.

Colorado Springs Adventure Tips

Is there Family-Friendly rafting near Colorado Springs?

Rafting is a great family activity. Our rafting trips that are near Colorado Springs, on the Arkansas River, are available to people ages 7+. During short periods of the year, the minimum age can be increased.

Is it Safe to go Rafting Near Colorado Springs?

Whitewater rafting can be hard work but our guides have 3 times the state required training in order to keep you safe.

How long is the average rafting trip near Colorado Springs?

Rafting trips vary in length, so you can choose a trp that fits your groups needs. A 1/3 day trip takes about 3 hours, a 1/2 day trip takes about 4 hours, 3/4 day trip takes about 5 hours and a full day trip is about a 6 hour time commitment. Times vary due to how the water is flowing that day.

What should you pack for a Colorado Springs rafting trip?

Don't forget to pack is a pair of dry clothes. You will get a wet suit and a a splash jacket from your rafting guide, but you swim suit and any other clothes you wear under that will get wet. Pack those dry clothes to change into after your trip.

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    The Arkansas River near Buena Vista provides great rafting under 2 hours from Colorado Springs. You must be 7 years of age or older to go rafting in Buena Vista. href="">Learn more about rafting.

  • VIA FERRATA NEAR Colorado SPrings

    Via Ferrata is an unbeatable adventure that includes assisted climbing and traversing across a cliff face. Take in scenic views and if you are afraid of heights don't look down! This trip also includes a few ziplines as well. There are via ferrata courses in the Royal Gorse, Buena Vista, Telluride, Idaho Springs and more! Learn more about via ferrata.



If you are looking to make a day trip or stay close to Colorado Springs, then we recommend the following locations.

Buena Vista, Colorado located less then 2 hours from Colorado Springs


  1. Arkansas River Rafting
  2. Mountain Top Ziplining
  3. Granite Via Ferrata
  4. Rock Climbing
  5. Overnight & Multi-day Adventures
  6. Horseback Riding
  7. Lodging: Cabins and Campsites

Breckenridge, Colorado, located about 2 hours from Colorado Springs


  1. Blue River Rafting
  2. Hot Air balloons

Idaho Springs, Colorado is located about 2 hours from Colorado Springs


Kremmling, Colorado is located 3 hours north of Colorado Springs


  1. Upper Colorado Rafting Trips
  2. Stand Up Paddle Boards
  3. Inflatable Kayaks
  4. Fly Fishing Trips
  5. River & Rafting Gear Rentals
  6. Off-Roading UTV Rentals
  7. Horseback riding
  8. Guided Hiking
  9. Overnight and Multi-day Adventures






From Colorado Springs, you can also head to Canon City for white water rafting through the famous Royal Gorge. A more advanced trip with a minimum age of 16, you’ll raft deep through the gorge – 1100’ feet down from the rim – through rapid after rapid of whitewater!

See more about our Royal Gorge Half Day or Royal Gorge Full Day rafting trips, suitable for ages 16+.

As always, we’re a travel resource for you so please call us 7 days a week at 800-370-0581 for our helpful, expert Colorado travel advice. We love to help you!


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