It was the funnest experience of my life.
We have been with three companies on the Arkansas River—WA is the best.
This was a blast. I have been rafting before. This was by far the greatest. Justin was so professional and a lot of fun. Thanks for a great time.
Appreciate your professional and fun staff! Will definitely return next year!
We had an awesome time. I would definitely recommend your company!
I am always impressed by the quality and service at Wilderness Aware in everything from lunch to the guides.
Really, really fantastic trip! 10 out of 10! Great company. I’m going to tell all my friends about you- Thank you!
I have been on seven professional raft trips. This was by far the best all around.
This was my first rafting experience and you guys made it awesome! Thank you so much!
Very pleasant and enjoyable experience. Rafted four other times and this was the best.
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.