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Explore Colorado and Arizona’s Pristine Wilderness

Wilderness Adventure River Rafting Vacations – Travel in Colorado and Arizona

White Water Rafting in the Heart of the Wilderness

Colorado has a wide variety of rafting trips available. Most of the rivers you hear about are popular because of easy access to roads and cities. Many of these rivers such as the Arkansas and the Upper Colorado host thousands of visitors each year.

Although Wilderness Aware Rafting loves showing folks these popular rivers, our heart is in the wilderness. Our rafting friends that choose to go the extra mile to get away from it all agree with us. Days spent challenging the rapids and floating peacefully among the canyons are our most treasured moments in this hectic world. We’ll leave our cars at the ‘put-in’ and will pass little or no development for 2 to 10 days depending on the river. At lunchtime, we’ll pull over and make a deserted beach or meadow into our private picnic ground. Late in the afternoon, we’ll make a deserted canyon our home for the night. The trees will be our bed canopies and the canyon’s rim will be our walls. The white noise we grow accustomed to in the city is replaced by the sound of the river’s running water and the comforting calls of birds.

We have 4 great wilderness rivers to choose from including North Platte River in northern Colorado in May, June and early July, the Dolores River in southern Colorado in May and early June, the Gunnison River in western Colorado available all summer long and finally the Salt River in Arizona which runs from March through May.

Wilderness Trips:

WILDERNESS DAY TRIPS RIVER CLASS DISTANCE SEASON MIN AGE
Upper Salt River Canyon Half Day Salt III-IV 6 mi. March – Mid May 8
Upper Salt River Canyon Full Day Salt III-IV 10 mi. March – Mid May 8
Gunnison Gorge Full Day Gunnison III-IV 14 mi. May; July – Aug 10
Northgate Canyon Full Day N. Platte III-IV 10 mi. May – Mid June 10
WILDERNESS MULTI-DAY TRIPS          
Upper Salt River Canyon 2 Day Salt III-IV 20 mi. March – Mid May 8
Upper Salt River Canyon 2 Day Expedition Salt III-IV 42 mi. March – Mid May 10
Upper Salt River Canyon 3 Day Salt III-IV 42 mi. March – Mid May 10
Upper Salt River Canyon 5 Day Salt III-IV 53 mi. March – Mid May 10
Gunnison Gorge 2 Day Gunnison III-IV 14 mi. May; July – Aug 10
Northgate Canyon 2 Day N. Platte II-IV 36 mi. May – Mid June 10
Ponderosa Gorge 3-Day Dolores III-IV 50 mi. May 10
Slickrock Canyon 3-Day Dolores II-III 50 mi. May 10
Ponderosa & Slickrock 6-Day Dolores II-IV 100 mi. May 10
Gateway Canyon 10-Day Dolores II-IV 168 mi. May 10