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White Water Rafting on the North Platte River

North Platte River rafting on the Colorado and Wyoming border

Rafting the North Platte River, Colorado

The North Platte River begins as a trickle in the mountains surrounding Walden, Colorado and flows north through the Northgate Wilderness Area. The North Platte is one of Colorado’s best-kept secrets and one of Colorado’s only remaining free-flowing white water rivers. This white water gem combines untracked wilderness with an abundance of Colorado’s finest rapids to deliver an outstanding early season adventure.

The canyon begins near the border of Colorado and Wyoming where the river spills from its source in North Park. Completely inaccessible, the “gate” of Northgate Canyon stymied French trappers in their upstream efforts to reach North Park. The French Trappers named the North Platte ‘Riviere de Plat’, meaning “Flat River”. That name characterizes much of the rivers 618 mile course before joining the South Platte River in Nebraska. Early travelers on the Oregon Trail followed it to near the present day town of Casper, Wyoming. They considered it too shallow to float, too deep to ford, and too wide to bridge.

This river would have surprised those pioneers had they followed it into the mountains. It is here, deep in the Medicine Bow Mountains, that we will float the river as it is turned on edge.

North Platte River Trips:

Northgate Canyon Full Day III-IV 10 mi. Mid May – Late June 10
Northgate Canyon 2-Day Camping III-IV 36 mi. Mid May – Late June 10


The North Platte is located west of Fort Collins and east of Steamboat Springs near Walden, Colorado. It is also within easy driving distance of Laramie, Wyoming.

North Platte River Resources:

DirectionsDirections to North Platte River Meeting Point: North Platte River trips meet and depart from Routt National Forest access near Walden, CO.

Packing List
Packing List and Pre-Trip Information:
Complete lists of what to bring, what we provide, where to meet, policies, rental costs and other info.

Gallery Photos:
Photos of the North Platte River as well as the other river we raft, area wildlife, our staff and many, many more.

North Platte River Map:
Overview Map of the North Platte River showing section names, rapids and other interesting features.