2 Day Northgate Canyon

Northgate Canyon, North Platte River

The fast-paced North Platte River runs wild and free as the high mountain snow melts in late May-June. Rarely visited and full of wildlife, you will raft the stunningly beautiful and isolated stretch of river from Colorado into Wyoming near Walden, CO. This 2 Day trip is suitable for all skill levels and kids ages 10+.

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Trip Details

Adults: $389 Youth: $330.65

  • 9:00 AM Departure
  • Late May and June, water permitting
  • 36 miles on the river
  • Beginner/Intermediate, Class II-IV rapids
  • Ages 10 years and up*
  • Experienced guide on each raft
  • Meals included, from lunch on day 1 through lunch on day 2
  • Located near Walden, Colorado between Steamboat Springs and Fort Collins

About the North Platte River 2 Day Northgate Canyon Trip

Our 2 Day trip starts at the same location as the full day trip, but continues another 21 miles beyond the 6-mile Gap full day takeout point. The rest of the first day we travel through the thickly forested Northgate Wilderness area. The lower canyon is fast paced with lots of moderate rapids.

For those interested, we have inflatable kayaks available. These kayaks are very stable and suitable for first timers. You are free to explore the river with the option of climbing back into a raft at any point. We find these one and two man boats are great for adventure seekers and those looking to share an adventure with a loved one.

On the second day we emerge from the wilderness into very remote Wyoming ranch country. Ranchers in this area are running cattle and putting up hay much as they have done for generations. It is fun to picture yourself in their place as we pass new born calves and their mothers and stacks of hay being put up for winter.

We also pass the A Bar A ranch, an exclusive guest ranch along the river. Their manicured fishing access, corrals, helicopter pad, barns, and lodging dot a section of the canyon we pass through. They are miles from the nearest road and the solitude of this quiet retreat is yours to enjoy for a fraction of the price of staying there!

We take out at the Forest Service’s Bennett Peak Campground and transport you though scenic hill and ranch country back to your vehicle.

Additional Information
  • *Youth price is valid for those 10-16 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, overnight bag, potable chemical toilet, transportation to and from the river and all meals from lunch on day 1 through lunch on day 2. The prices listed do not include 9% land and water access fees, cold weather rentals, camping 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.


  • Packing List and Pre-Trip Information: a complete list of what to bring, what we provide, rental costs and directions.
  • 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.
  • Itinerary: read our sample itinerary.
  • Gallery: look through photos of the North Platte River, our other rivers, staff, wildlife and more.
  • River Map: check out our detailed river maps including rapids and other features.
  • FAQ’s: Take a look through our most frequently asked questions and answers.