Denver Rafting Trip Information

Resources for Planning a White Water Rafting Trip From Denver, Colorado

White Water Rafting Near Denver, ColoradoColorado’s largest city, Denver, is a wonderful place to visit in the summer. Almost every outdoor activity the state has to offer is within a couple hours drive from Denver. It is the perfect destination for travelers looking for both the excitement of the big city and the wonderful recreation that the Rocky Mountains offer. Denver, Colorado is close to many rivers, including the Colorado River and America’s best white water rafting river – the Arkansas River. No Denver vacation is complete without experiencing a white water rafting trip! Wilderness Aware Rafting offers many different white water trips near Denver.

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Direction from Denver (DIA) to Colorado Rafting Destinations

Arkansas River – America’s most popular white water rafting, just a short trip outside Denver.
Gunnison River – remote wilderness two-day rafting trips.
Colorado River – mild family float trips.
North Platte River – wilderness trips in May and June.
Dolores River – 3, 6 & 10 day trips in May and June.
Salt River, AZ – springtime rafting trips in Arizona near Phoenix and Tucson.

Visitors to Denver, Colorado come back year after year to enjoy the wide variety of vacation activities that the area has to offer. With the foothills of the Rocky Mountains just minutes away, white water rafting with Wilderness Aware is only one of the many activities you can experience. However, for most guests to Denver, white water rafting is the highlight of their vacation.

Denver: Colorado’s Historical State Capital

Prior to the late 1850’s, the area was inhabited by native cultures including the Cheyenne, Arapahoe and Kiowa people. Prior to the 1850’s, occasional prospectors came through looking for gold, found nothing and moved on. It wasn’t until 1858 when Green Russell and Sam Bates found a small gold deposit near Little Dry Creek that yielded 622 grams of gold. By spring of 1859 tens of thousands of gold seekers arrived.

Montana City, Auraria, and St. Charles City were a few of the first settlements near present-day Denver. Denver City was formed by General William Larimer, in November of 1858, as was named after the Kansas Territorial Governor James W. Denver. Colorado became a state in 1876 and a state-wide vote in 1881 made Denver the permanent state capital.

Denver White Water Rafting

Between 1870 and 1890 the city’s population increased from less than 5,000 to over 100,000 due to silver being found in the nearby mountains. In the early 1893 the silver boom collapsed, though Denver was able to stay stable due to agriculture in the surrounding area. Denver stayed strong and the population surged to a quarter million people by 1920, and by 2008 reached approximately 600,000 people.

Since then, Denver has made its mark as the go-to city to both live and visit for those looking for an active, outdoor lifestyle.

Denver, Colorado: Beautiful City on the Foothills of the Rockies

Looking to get away to Colorado? Visit Denver on your next vacation. There is such a great abundance of activities to enjoy – many of which are just a short drive into the mountains.

Don’t forget to visit many other vacation towns and destinations on your Denver, CO vacation, including Colorado Springs, Breckenridge, Keystone, Salida, Buena Vista, Aspen, Vail, Canon City and Leadville.

Colorado Rafting River Guide:

Colorado Rafting River Guide
Check out our detailed information about the rivers you can raft across Colorado.

What Our Guests Say:

Very pleasant and enjoyable experience. Rafted four other times and this was the best.
Linda H.
From the enthusiastic greetings when we arrived at the office this am, all service was top notch.
John D.
One of the best times of my life!
Dylnn R.
Best time I’ve had on the river in the past 15 years!!!! Will return soon!!!
Dylan S.
The trip, your people, your facility never get old.
Fred P.
This was my first rafting experience and you guys made it awesome! Thank you so much!
Jamie L.
Sarah, our guide, was the consummate professional.
Becky M.
Thanks for the great time on the river. You do a super job of taking care of your crews.
Jan P.
I would like to commend your staff on their great teamwork and enthusiasm. This was the highlight of our trip to Arizona.
Michele E.
Good job, as usual. Our 5th or 6th trip with WA. Big fans of WA.
Tim S.
Appreciate your professional and fun staff! Will definitely return next year!
Dana Q.
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.
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 started rafting at WA in 1999 and have always had a good time. I highly recommend WA to anyone who wants to raft.
Marty E.
I loved my experience at WA and will definitely be back with more people.
Cory D.
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.
Matt was the most enthusiastic and exciting guide I have ever had… and I have done this a lot.
Carl M.
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 have rafted round the world and this is by far the best—best trained guides, best safety, best food, best fun. Thanks.
Jane H.
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.
We started rafting with you in 1988. This is our fourth trip. Will be back.
Jim L.
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.
This was the highlight of our trip to Colorado!
Beth G.
It was the best first experience in rafting. Ben was awesome!! Five stars!
Kirby S.
This trip surpassed all of my expectations.
Amy B.
The entire staff from reservations to first contact to trip guide was friendly and helpful. Our Scouts had an outstanding time!
Ken T.
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.
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.
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.
Very professional yet very informal approach—not an easy combination to sustain—nice team—office included.
Mark W.
Sarah was fantastic! Very knowledgeable and very fun! Best trip ever, even the low water! We will be back again!
Barbara L.
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.
When I made our reservation I knew we were going to have a fantastic time. Everything that happened today exceeded my expectations.
Mark E.
Been rafting six times around the country. Best trip and guide so far.
James H.
We feel we have found new friends in Wilderness Aware and plan on spending time in the future with you.
Susie S.
I want to raft again and again and well you get the point…again.
Levi V.
Family friend always said Wilderness Aware Rafting was the best. I totally agree!
Angie D.
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.
We had an awesome time. I would definitely recommend your company!
Leona H.
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.

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