Colorado rafting or ‘whitewater’ rafting is an adrenaline rush for some people and total intimidation for others. Thankfully, rivers in Colorado cater to everyone, offering adventures from mild to wild. Rivers are rated from Class I–V. Families and beginners usually choose Class I-II, which offers leisurely float trips with spectacular scenic views at every bend of the wide-open rivers. Class V gives you an exciting ride for your money. Your guide will thread your raft through narrow canyons for hold-tight, mind-clearing plunges for whitewater junkies. Classes II-IV are in-between.
Rafting Clear Creek Canyon with this rafting outfit is just 30 minutes from Denver, right off I-70. If you're in Denver, experiencing real Colorado rafting is just around the corner. They provide full and half-day trips in:
All guests can access complimentary wet suits, digital photos of their trip, and lunch (lunch full-day trips only).
Raft Masters take pride in providing their guests with the highest quality rafting experience. Their whitewater rafting adventures are dedicated to your comfort, safety, and enjoyment. All river gear is included. They provide full and half-day trips in:
Your rafting trip includes wet suits, river boots, paddle jackets, and helmets. They also offer combination adventure packages.
One of the largest rafting outfits in Colorado. Their primary focus is on families looking for a gentle introduction to rafting and challenging whitewater excitement for thrill seekers. They offer half and full-day adventures, plus multi-day wilderness trips. They have 7 start locations spread across Colorado. Whitewater trips are offered:
In addition to their standard rafting trips, they have various options, including multi-day group trips. These trips include lodging options, team-building options, and planning tools. Check out their adventure packages. These packages combine rafting and another adventure, such as ziplining or a scenic train ride.
Royal Gorge Rafting and Zipline Tours are focused on just what their name is all about. Rafting the Royal Gorge and or ziplining across the Royal Gorge either before or after. They offer half and full-day raft trips and include river gear free of charge. Their rafting trips are in:
Signing up for a combination raft and zipline is a seamless experience. Both activities are at the same location, the adventure hub.
Performance Rafting Tours has been offering whitewater tours science 1986. They are dedicated to safety, pride in their crew, love for the river, and providing memorable experiences for their guests. They operate out of six destinations spread across Colorado.
Based out of Frisco, Colorado, Kodi Rafting and Adventures take pride in offering hand-crafted rafting trips or adventure packages to meet your expectations. Rafting trips are full and half-day on six Colorado rivers throughout the state. Check their website for more details.
Be prepared to get soaking wet! Splashing comes with the territory, even if you’re on a gentle float trip. So, try to wear quick-drying fabrics and bring a change of clothing for the return bus trip. Your driver will shepherd your belongings. (Many outfitters provide wet suits and shoes—a good idea if your trip is in late spring’s icy waters.) Because of rafting’s popularity, reservations are highly recommended.
Choosing an established rafting company is important. The Colorado River Outfitters Association can provide you with a list of companies staffed by certified, experienced professionals. Choose from half-, full- or multi-day trips that generally include bus transportation to the put-in and take-out point on your river journey. Get ready to have fun!