Glenwood Springs

Known as Colorado’s land of water, Glenwood Springs offers a plethora of nearby rafting opportunities from fun and splashy to intense whitewater. Shoshone rafting on the Upper Colorado River takes you through the majestic Glenwood Canyon, while the Arkansas River, about two hours away from Glenwood Springs, is easily accessible from our Buena Vista outpost and hosts a variety of whitewater rafting opportunities for all ages and skill levels.

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At the confluence of the Colorado River and Roaring Fork River, Colorado Springs is a mecca for hiking, fishing, and hot springs. Visitors can easily access the iconic Hanging Lake trail, enjoy the world’s largest mineral hot springs at Glenwood Hot Springs Resort, and explore the caves and rides at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.

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Top Trips

From our Buena Vista outpost, experience class III through V rafting on the Arkansas River, along with ziplining and Via Ferrata courses and nearby horseback riding and fly-fishing.

Join us on the Upper Colorado River, from our Kremmling location, for mellow float trips, stand up paddleboarding, inflatable kayaking, fly fishing, and UTV rentals in one of Colorado’s most rugged areas.

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Exciting & Active
Best for Families & Groups

Browns Canyon 1/2 Day

 
Get ready to experience the best of Colorado on our Brown’s Canyon half-day trip. This family-friendly adventure rushes you down the Arkansas River and [...]

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Thrilling & Very Active
Best for a Full Day of Family Fun

Browns Canyon Half Day + Zipline Package

This multi-adventure package will keep you energized and smiling the entire day, as you fly through the trees on our Mountaintop Zipline course and [...]

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Thrilling & Very Active
Best for a Day of Excitement

Browns Canyon Rafting + Via Ferrata

Excitement and scenery await on your Browns Canyon + Via Ferrata full-day adventure. Climb into the Rocky Mountains and rush the rapids of the [...]

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Splashy & Moderate
Best for Families with Kids

Shoshone Rafting

Shoshone Rapids half day takes you through Colorado’s amazing Glenwood Canyon, which is just outside of Glenwood Springs. A must-see destination for any Colorado [...]

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Exciting & Active
Best for Families with Kids

Lower Eagle Rafting

The Eagle River whitewater rafting experience offers a variety of paddling for all levels of boating, and the Lower Eagle is the perfect Colorado [...]

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Wild & High Exertion
Best for Early Season Thrills

Dowd Chute Rafting

The Eagle River, just minutes from Vail and Beaver Creek, is the home of Dowd Chute, which offers some of the most thrilling and [...]

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Your AVA Glenwood Springs Adventure

Glenwood Springs Rafting

The closest rafting to Glenwood Springs is the Shoshone rafting trip, just outside of town on the Upper Colorado River’s Shoshone Rapids. This milder class III whitewater rafting trip has a minimum age of 5 and takes you through the magnificent Glenwood Canyon. Visitors will experience stunning scenery, rapids such as the Man Eater, The Wall, and Tombstone, with plenty of time to relax and maybe even spot mountain goats!

Rafting the Arkansas River

Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the Collegiate Peak Mountain Range within the Sawatch Range, as you embark on an unforgettable white-water rafting journey along the Arkansas River. Our Buena Vista outpost, 2 hours away from Glenwood Springs, provides access to this exciting waterway!

Arkansas River Trips

Join AVA at our Buena Vista outpost to experience one of Colorado’s most scenic locations with unparalleled whitewater on the Arkansas River. Our Browns Canyon 1/2 Day trip takes you through the iconic Browns Canyon National Monument, as you navigate intermediate class III rapids. Marvel at the stunning granite canyon, soak in the panoramic views of the Arkansas River Valley, and maybe even encounter wildlife that call this area home. To elevate your adventure, choose our 3/4 day Browns Canyon Express, full-day Browns Canyon Sizzler, or our 24 Hours in Browns trip–a unique adventure that combines rafting with riverside camping.

Adventure seekers will enjoy our Numbers 1/2 day trip, as you paddle the most continuous section of white-water rafting on the Arkansas River, featuring thrilling class IV rapids. And if you’re up for the ultimate adrenaline rush, don’t miss our Gauntlet-Pine Creek & the Numbers excursion. Paddle the steepest rapids in the state and the Arkansas River’s infamous class V Pine Creek rapid.

THE COLORADO RIVER

The Colorado River, which spans across seven states and flows through the majestic Grand Canyon, is an iconic North American waterway. From the Continental Divide to the Gulf of California in Mexico, it represents a vital water source for millions of people, and AVA is honored to provide access to this magnificent river from our convenient Kremmling outpost, located one hour and 45 minutes from Glenwood Springs.

Colorado River Trips

Explore The Colorado River with our scenic half-day and full-day float trips, and even choose from a variety of options including rafts, inflatable kayaks, or stand up paddleboards. Drift along the river as it winds through the stunning Gore Range, encountering gentle rapids that create a soothing and enjoyable journey. Our float trips offer opportunities to swim, sunbathe, and unwind amidst the tranquility of the river.

To experience the best of Colorado’s outdoors, day and night, embark on our overnight 24 Hours on the Upper Colorado trip. Fishing enthusiasts will also enjoy our range of Fly-Fishing opportunities, including Walk and Wade, Float, and Overnight trips. Experience the serenity of the river while honing your fishing skills and learning the best fishing spots on one of Colorado’s most renowned rivers!

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Rafting the Blue River Colorado

THE CLOSEST RIVER TO Glenwood Springs

The closest river to Glenwood Springs is the Colorado River in the town of Glenwood Springs. AVA also offers easy access to the Colorado River 1 hour and 45 minutes away in Kremmling, Colorado. The iconic Arkansas River is also only 2 hours away from Glenwood Springs.

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THE CLOSEST OUTPOST TO Glenwood Springs

AVA’s closest outpost to Glenwood Springs is our Kremmling location, offering Colorado River activities along with exciting UTV rentals. We also recommend visiting our Buena Vista outpost, 2 hours away, for rafting, ziplining, Via Ferrata, rock climbing, fly-fishing, and horseback riding experiences.

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Family-Friendly

Our half day float trip from our Kremmling outpost provides a great opportunity for families, with ages 2 and up able to raft! Spend time relaxing, paddling, swimming, and sunbathing on the Upper Colorado River.

Rafters navigating intense whitewater and spray.

Thrill Seekers

For those looking for an adrenaline rush, we recommend our Gauntlet-Pine Creek & the Numbers trip for the most intense Whitewater Rafting on the Arkansas River. Paddle through class III through V rapids, experiencing the thrill of continuous whitewater!

Aerial Adventures

At our Buena Vista outpost 2 hours away, we offer ziplining and Via Ferrata adventures. Fly through the trees and over the stunning Arkansas River Valley across 7 lines on our exciting Mountaintop Zipline course. On our Via Ferrata, climb high into the cliffside, traverse across iron rungs and cables, and swing on several lines of our zipline course. and even experience our 78 foot controlled freefall!

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Glenwood Hot Springs

Relax and unwind in the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, the largest mineral hot springs pool in the world. The pool’s natural mineral waters are rich in healthful minerals, offering therapeutic benefits and a soothing experience for visitors. Whether you’re looking to soak in the warm waters, swim laps, or enjoy the water slides and splash zones, the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool provides a refreshing escape.

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Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Adventure at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, an amusement park perched atop Iron Mountain overlooking Glenwood Springs. Ride the thrilling Glenwood Canyon Flyer swing ride, soar above the canyon on the Cliffhanger roller coaster, or explore the stunning caverns on a guided cave tour.

Hanging Lake in Glenwood Springs

Hanging Lake

Hike to the breathtaking Hanging Lake, a stunning turquoise-colored lake nestled in Glenwood Canyon. The trail to Hanging Lake is approximately 2.8 miles round-trip and features a series of switchbacks and bridges, offering panoramic views of the canyon and waterfalls along the way. Once at Hanging Lake, marvel at the crystal-clear waters and unique geological formations, and take in the serene beauty of this natural wonder.

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Glenwood Springs Location

Glenwood Springs, in Garfield County, is nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains in western Colorado, situated along the Colorado River and surrounded by towering peaks and scenic canyons. Its central location in the state makes it easily accessible from major cities such as Denver and Grand Junction, as well as popular mountain destinations like Aspen and Vail.

Glenwood Springs hot springs and pool

Glenwood Springs History

Glenwood Springs has a rich history dating back to the late 19th century when it was founded as a resort town centered around its natural hot springs. The area’s therapeutic waters attracted early settlers and tourists seeking health and relaxation, leading to the development of hotels, bathhouses, and recreational facilities/

Rafters on the Arkansas River.

Best Time to Raft

The best time to raft the Colorado River is May through October, with the Arkansas offering optimal conditions May through August.

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Glenwood Springs Activities

The Glenwood Springs area offers access to numerous activities including rafting, ziplining, Via Ferrata, rock-climbing, and more, with options for ages 2 and up! We offer 1/2 day, full-day, and multi-day adventure options.

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The Gauntlet- Pine Creek & Numbers

Experience the wildest rafting offered on the Arkansas River in Colorado.  On this full day rafting adventure, you’ll have the opportunity to navigate the [...]

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Thrilling & Very Active
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Browns Canyon Rafting + Via Ferrata

Excitement and scenery await on your Browns Canyon + Via Ferrata full-day adventure. Climb into the Rocky Mountains and rush the rapids of the [...]

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Thrilling & Very Active
Best for a Full Day of Family Fun

Browns Canyon Half Day + Zipline Package

This multi-adventure package will keep you energized and smiling the entire day, as you fly through the trees on our Mountaintop Zipline course and [...]

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Heart Pounding
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The Numbers 1/2 Day + Via Ferrata

This adventure will get your heart rate up and keep it up as you embark on our Numbers + Via Ferrata full-day excursion. This [...]

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Wild & High Exertion
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The Numbers Half Day + Zipline

Experience an action-packed day with two of Colorado’s best summer activities. Soar between trees on our Mountaintop Zipline course and then splash your way [...]

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Exciting & Active
Best for a Full Day of Excitement

Browns Canyon Half Day + Rock Climb

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Heart Pounding
Best for Thrill Seekers

The Numbers Half Day + Rock Climb

Experience an action-packed day with two of Colorado’s best mountain activities! On this multi-adventure package, you’ll have the opportunity to raft the iconic Arkansas [...]

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24 Hours in Browns Canyon

Experience Colorado’s best overnight whitewater rafting. This trip provides a unique way to explore the most popular stretch of whitewater rafting in the country [...]

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Other Adventures Near Glenwood Springs

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Buena Vista

Buena Vista, CO 81211

Located at the base of the Collegiate Peaks within the Sawatch Mountain Range, Buena Vista, Colorado sits at almost 8,000 feet in elevation, with more 14ers than in any other area in Colorado. The area also hosts the Continental Divide to the east, and the Arkansas River flows through the town, providing opportunities for both mountain and river adventures.

The town of Buena Vista dates back to 1880 and originally gained prominence for its mining and railroad industries. Today, many people visit Buena Vista for its namesake – to take in its “Beautiful views” and experience some of Colorado’s best outdoors. The area offers hiking, biking, Whitewater Rafting, Horseback Riding, Camping, and numerous other opportunities to explore the outdoors. Buena Vista is also well known for its local hot springs, which are believed to have therapeutic and even medicinal qualities!

Our AVA outpost is located just 15 minutes north of Buena Vista, providing easy access to the best of the area’s outdoor adventures.

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Aspen

Aspen, CO

Colorado locals and tourists alike flock to Aspen in both winter and summer for the breathtaking views, recreation opportunities, restaurants, nightlife and culture. Although Aspen may be well known for its four ski mountains and winter snow sports, the mountain town’s location near some of the best whitewater rafting and outdoor adventure opportunities in Colorado makes for an exciting summer visit!

The former silver-mining town of Aspen additionally offers ample opportunities to explore the area’s history and culture. Catch a headline show at Belly Up, Aspen’s 500 person concert space, or check out a show at the Aspen Theatre, making sure to save time for sampling the area’s restaurants, most with outdoor seating perfect for enjoying a warm summer night.

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Kremmling

1606 Park Avenue
Kremmling, CO 80459

Kremmling is the perfect destination for families looking for a mountain getaway. Our Upper Colorado River Scenic Float rafting trip welcomes adventurers as young as 2 years old on a half day or full day adventure on mellow Class II rapids. While in Kremmling, be sure to also try one of our Fly Fishing excursions or kick up dirt on our UTV Rentals!

You will find our Kremmling outpost just 45 minutes from Summit County and just under two hours from Denver.

Rafters navigating intense whitewater and spray.

Colorado River

Kremmling, Colorado

The Colorado River, a spectacular force of nature, is the lifeblood of the American West. Meandering over 1,450 miles from the snowy peaks of the Rocky Mountains all the way to the deserts of Mexico, this river passes through five U.S. states and eleven National Parks. As one of the longest rivers in the United States, it has etched some of the world’s most awe-inspiring features into the earth, including the Grand Canyon.

Along its course, the Colorado River represents a vital water source for millions of people and agricultural areas, as well as supports a rich diversity of wildlife. It also serves as a recreational paradise, offering world-class opportunities for white-water Rafting, Fishing, and Camping, and its rich and enduring history makes the Colorado River a crucial aspect of the landscape of the western United States.

The Colorado River offers rafting numerous opportunities for Whitewater Rafting amidst the backdrop of stunning scenery. From fun float trips appropriate for ages 2 and up to challenging, pulse-pounding rides, the Colorado River has river trips for everyone. Join AVA in Kremmling, Colorado for a trip down this mighty river, where the area’s mellower waters make it the perfect destination for river adventure, with activities including Rafting, Fly-Fishing, Kayaking, and Stand-Up Paddleboarding.