Northgate Canyon Full Day

Northgate Canyon, North Platte River

Paddle fast-paced rapids and take in the rugged remote scenery of the North Platte River on this full day adventure. Depart near Walden, CO close to the CO/WY border and tackle ten miles of fantastic whitewater. Suitable for those ages 10+ and all skill levels, raft from late May-June. Join us on this wonderful adventure into the wilderness!

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Trip Details

Adults: $122 Youth: $103.70

  • 9:00 AM Departure
  • Late May and June, water permitting
  • 10 miles on the river
  • Beginner/Intermediate, Class II-IV rapids
  • Ages 10 years and up*
  • Experienced guide on each raft
  • Deli-style lunch included
  • Located near Walden, Colorado between Steamboat Springs and Fort Collins

About the North Platte River 2 Day Northgate Canyon Trip

We meet in a remote valley where the North Platte crosses the highway, miles from the nearest small town. The river immediately leaves the open valley and enters the canyon where steep and pine covered canyon walls rise 400 to 1000 feet. In the cool mountain morning, a heavy blanket of fog often comes off of the relatively warm river water and lends a somewhat primordial atmosphere to this wildlife haven. Federal designation as the “Northgate Wilderness Area” promotes healthy populations of deer, elk, bighorn sheep, beaver, and coyote. Often, we encounter eagles, ducks, and Canada Geese searching for food and raising their young along the banks.

The trip starts off mild, but before long we encounter many challenging rapids rated up to class IV on the international class scale of I through VI. Rapids include Windy Hole, Cowpie, Stovepipe, and Narrow Falls -alias OFR- (ask your guide what that stands for). Full Day trips include upper Northgate Canyon, while 2 Day Trips continue on through forested canyon wilderness, emerging late on the second day into the remote hill country of southern Wyoming.

Official ‘wilderness’ designation also guarantees that we will have a primitive wilderness experience. Only a few outfitters have permits to run this section of the river, taking a total of only about 1500 people through Northgate Canyon each year. Compare this to the busy Arkansas River where 250,000 people raft annually. We are indeed fortunate to have this national treasure in our own backyard. This trip is only offered to groups of 10 or more.

Additional Information
  • *Youth price is valid for those 10-12 years old. Youth must weigh at least 60 lbs. Minimum age and weight are subject to increase due to high water.
  • Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more.
  • Please arrive at least 1 hour prior to departure time.
  • Price listed includes your lifejacket, helmet, guide, boat, transportation to and from the river and lunch. The prices listed do not include 9% land and water access fees, cold weather rentals or guide tip.

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Map & Directions to Routt Access near Walden, Colorado

Our North Platte River trips meet at Routt Access. Routt Access is a parking area located 18 miles north of Walden and 77 miles northeast of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, near the Colorado/Wyoming border.


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  • Liability Release: required for each rafter. Please feel free to complete this form prior to arrival. Each person under 18 years of age requires a parent/guardian to co-sign.
  • North Platte River Description: information about the North Platte River, including a complete list of all trips we offer.
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