Wild & High Exertion

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 intense rafting in Colorado.

The Highlights Of Your Trip

The quarter-mile stretch of river located in Dowd Junction is the most aggressive part of the river as the banks of the Eagle River constrict, forming a narrow chute that you will blast through culminating in Dowd Chute Rapid, the largest drop on the entire Eagle River. You’ll have little time to celebrate after conquering this legendary rapid – a string of thrilling Class III rapids follows quickly behind providing a non-stop rollercoaster ride. Because the Eagle River is not dam-controlled, water levels fluctuate with the weather, which means each time you run this trip, you will have a different experience.


Book this trip


How much


From $119

for ages 16+


What's included


  • Rafting

Trip Length


1/2 Day


How Hard


Wild & High Exertion

Who can go

Minimum Age

16 years old & Up

What to expect

On Your Dowd Chute Rafting Adventure

group on a scenic float down the Upper Colorado

Short & Sweet

Continuous, action-packed advanced whitewater
Approximately 2 hours on the water
Good physical condition required
Season runs May-June and is dependent on water levels

Raft and equipment, including safety helmets and lifejackets.

What's Included


  • Wetsuits
  • Splash jackets
  • PFDs
  • Booties
group paddling down a rockier section of the river


  • Meet at the Lakota Office in Avon
  • Hit the rapids!
  • Shuttle back to the Outpost

Trip Location

Vail Valley in the summertime.



Locals and guests in this quaint little town are spoiled with gorgeous surroundings and all the amenities of a bigger city. Winter brings skiing and boarding, yet summer offers endless sunny days and a chance to explore Colorado’s mountains and great outdoors. The White River National Forest and Gore Range surround the area, creating opportunities for hiking, biking and exploring the area’s trails.

The town of Vail has much to offer itself, including a variety of lodging and dining options, along with arts and culture opportunities. Catch a show at the outdoor Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, check out Vail’s festival schedule, or stroll around the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens!

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