Your internet advertising was great. People who answered the phone very helpful and the guides top notch. Seems like manager has done a wonderful job. See why a successful company.
Totally righteous! Way fun! Super sweet! Groovy! Crazy! Nice!
This was truly an enjoyable experience and the highlight of our Colorado visit. I would recommend your company to anyone.
This is the fourth summer to raft with Wilderness Aware, and yet again, continue to be impressed with the client services, safety and the overall trips.
I would like to commend your staff on their great teamwork and enthusiasm. This was the highlight of our trip to AZ.
Wonderful! One of the best experiences of my life! Thanks!
Just wanted to drop a quick note expressing our gratitude for a magnificent time on the river this past Tuesday. We couldn’t have asked for more. Cheers!!!
Wahoo! Best trip ever!
Very pleasant and enjoyable experience. Rafted four other times and this was the best.
You are great to work with and your guides are fun to be around and well trained. Each experience I’ve had with you has been excellent.
White Water Rafting on the North Platte River
North Platte River rafting on the Colorado and Wyoming border
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:
Directions to North Platte River Meeting Point: North Platte River trips meet and depart from Routt National Forest access near Walden, CO.
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.