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White Water Rafting on the North Platte River

North Platte River rafting on the Colorado and Wyoming border

North Platte River Colorado Rafting

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.

North Platte River Trips:

TRIP NAME
CLASS
DIST.
SEASON
MIN. AGE
Class III-IV
10 mi.
May-June
Age 10+
Class III-IV
36 mi.
May-June
Age 10+

 

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.

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

Directions to the
North Platte River

Our North Platte River trips meet at Routt Access area 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 info.

Gallery

Gallery
Photos

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

Maps

North Platte River
Map

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

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What Our Guests Say:

Pete was great. Extremely friendly and he took great care of us and really put our group first. Our trip was relaxing and fun!
Erin L.
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Matt was the most enthusiastic and exciting guide I have ever had… and I have done this a lot.
Carl M.
I work in safety – wish I could get all our regional safety folks to present their safety meetings with the same enthusiasm and professionalism.
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