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:

Class III-IV
10 mi.
Age 10+
Class III-IV
36 mi.
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 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.



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


North Platte River

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

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What Our Guests Say:

We had an awesome time. I would definitely recommend your company!
Leona H.
This trip surpassed all of my expectations.
Amy B.
Best time I’ve had on the river in the past 15 years!!!! Will return soon!!!
Dylan S.
Your internet advertising was great. People who answered the phone very helpful and the guides top notch. Seems like your manager has done a wonderful job. I see why you are a successful company.
Phil G.
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Mark W.
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Marty E.
Been rafting six times around the country. Best trip and guide so far.
James H.
I want to raft again and again and well you get the point…again.
Levi V.
From the enthusiastic greetings when we arrived at the office this am, all service was top notch.
John D.
I have rafted with other companies before but I found your company and Mike, our guide, to be outstanding! I will be back!
Joe M.
Appreciate your professional and fun staff! Will definitely return next year!
Dana Q.
Sarah, our guide, was the consummate professional.
Becky M.
When I made our reservation I knew we were going to have a fantastic time. Everything that happened today exceeded my expectations.
Mark E.
I would like to commend your staff on their great teamwork and enthusiasm. This was the highlight of our trip to Arizona.
Michele E.
It was the best first experience in rafting. Ben was awesome!! Five stars!
Kirby S.
I love the staff!! Very entertaining and welcoming. This was a great rafting experience. I want to come back tomorrow and do it again!
Bailey W.
Very pleasant and enjoyable experience. Rafted four other times and this was the best.
Linda H.
This was the highlight of our trip to Colorado!
Beth G.
We’ve been with a lot of different rafting companies over the years and we have never used the same company twice but everyone on the trip agreed that your company is the best!
Lisa P.
This was my first rafting experience and you guys made it awesome! Thank you so much!
Jamie L.
Frenchie was the best guide I’ve ever had! This is a great company and I will definitely be telling friends about it!
Jamin R.
We had an awesome time! All staff we dealt with were very personable and helpful. I can’t imagine anything you could do to improve!
Rusty B.
I work in safety – wish I could get all our regional safety folks to present their safety meetings with the same enthusiasm and professionalism.
Karla S.
Family friend always said Wilderness Aware Rafting was the best. I totally agree!
Angie D.
We have rafted round the world and this is by far the best—best trained guides, best safety, best food, best fun. Thanks.
Jane H.
This company is quality. Six years ago I did the same trip with Jack, Ian, and Kelly and the quality is as good today.
Chris G.
Matt was the most enthusiastic and exciting guide I have ever had… and I have done this a lot.
Carl M.
Good job, as usual. Our 5th or 6th trip with WA. Big fans of WA.
Tim S.
We booked our trip cold off the internet and found from the very beginning a very friendly and courteous staff that helped out and answered all our questions.
Carolyn W.
You are great to work with and your guides are fun to be around and well trained. Each experience I’ve had with you (3) has been excellent.
Dawn R.
Your staff and guides were so helpful and so much fun. My kids ranked that half-day trip as the highlight of our month long trip!
Patty G.
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.
The trip, your people, your facility never get old.
Fred P.
The entire staff from reservations to first contact to trip guide was friendly and helpful. Our Scouts had an outstanding time!
Ken T.
We started rafting with you in 1988. This is our fourth trip. Will be back.
Jim L.
One of the best times of my life!
Dylnn R.
Sarah was fantastic! Very knowledgeable and very fun! Best trip ever, even the low water! We will be back again!
Barbara L.
Thanks for the great time on the river. You do a super job of taking care of your crews.
Jan P.
I loved my experience at WA and will definitely be back with more people.
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