Splashy & Moderate

Blue River Express White Water Rafting Trip

Join AVA on the Blue River on this 1/3-day family-friendly rafting trip! Splash through class III rapids and marvel at the scenery around you as you paddle down one of Colorado’s lesser known yet quintessential rivers.




The Highlights Of Your Trip

Only minutes from Summit County, Blue River rafting offers mellower yet exciting rapids and the incredible scenery of the Gore Range. The Blue River offers a fun whitewater excursion perfect for families, first-timers, and those looking for a shorter adventure.

The Blue River runs best in May, June and July, and trip availability contingent on water levels.

Book this trip


How much


From $99

Ages 13+

From $94

Ages 8-12 15% off
with promo SNOWDANCE24


What's included


  • Rafting

Trip Length


1/3 Day


How Hard


Splashy & Moderate

Who can go

Minimum Age

8 years old & Up

What AVA’s Blue River RAFTING looks like

What to expect

On Your Whitewater Rafting Adventure

Rafters with oars up along the river.

Trip Overview

Whitewater rafting on the Blue River is a shorter, 1/3-day rafting trip sure to please everyone. Paddle milder yet exciting, class III rapids, kicking your summer into high gear with this thrilling adventure experience. A whitewater rafting trip on the Blue River in Colorado is a great addition to your summer itinerary!

View of the Blue River outside of Breckenridge, Colorado.

Unparalled Scenery

This trip is known for its great mix of whitewater adventure and breathtaking Rocky Mountain scenery. You’ll get stunning views of the Gore Range mountains – a line of craggy, sharp peaks north of Summit County – so be sure to bring your waterproof camera to capture the majesty. It takes perfect conditions for the Blue River to run, so this is your chance to try out one of Colorado’s most beautiful rivers.

Early bird group on the river.

Trip Itinerary

  • Check in at the Columbine landing recreation site north of Silverthorne, Colorado (This trip is operated under a permit on the White River National Forest).
  • Meet up with your guide
  • Paddle mellow yet exciting class III rapids
  • Marvel at the area’s breathtaking scenery
  • Finish your trip and return to your starting point
Rafting helmets on the ground.

Included Gear & Packing List

All of your gear will be provided for your rafting excursion. This includes:

  • PFD
  • Wetsuit
  • Splash jacket


  • Shoes that will stay securely on your feet… no flip flops or crocs!
  • Fleece and/or quick dry clothing
  • Waterproof sunscreen & sunglasses
  • Cash to tip your raft guide

Trip Location

Rafting the Blue River in Colorado.

Blue River

Blue River Rafting, Silverthorne Colorado

The Blue River, a tributary of the mighty Colorado River, is a lesser-known Colorado gem. Beginning its journey in the mountains near Breckenridge and Frisco, it courses through high alpine scenery, rich green forests, and expansive ranchlands before merging with the Colorado River. Its crystal-clear waters are home to abundant trout, making it a paradise for fly-fishing enthusiasts, and beyond its banks, the Blue River Trail welcomes hikers and bikers to experience the surrounding beauty up-close.

The Blue River’s flow also powers recreational activities such as whitewater rafting and kayaking, offering thrilling ways to appreciate its beauty. Its stretch near Silverthorne, Colorado offers the closest Rafting to Breckenridge, Keystone and Frisco with incredible scenery of the Gore Range mountains. If you are visiting central Colorado, consider a Blue River rafting trip for an exciting whitewater excursion perfect for families, first-timers and those looking for a shorter adventure.

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