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Lower Colorado River White Water Rafting Description:

As the Colorado River makes its way west towards Utah it is wide and flat. Although there are many peaceful portions of this stretch everything above the town of Palisade is not frequently boated due to the presence of the Interstate and several dams. With the exception of locals floating the Grand Junction area in inner tubes Ruby-Horsethief and Westwater are by far the most popular stretches.

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• Difficulty: Class I-IV (What does this mean?)
• Season: May – August (Peak)

White Water Rafting Trips on the Lower Colorado River:

Trip Lengths:
Full & 2 Day (Ruby-Horse)
Adventure Bound River Expeditions
Learn More:
www.adventureboundusa.com; 800.423.4668

Trip Lengths:
3 Day (Westwater)
Western River Expeditions
Learn More:
www.westernriver.com; 866.904.1160


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Lower Colorado River Rafting Sections:

New Castle to Palisade
Class I-II
Wide and peaceful with few rapids. Various access points allow trips to be tailored to any length.

Palisade to Loma
Class I-II
Mild and wide with a handful of small rapids creating a pleasant float section that’s close to Grand Junction.

Ruby-Horsethief Canyon
Class I-II
A gentle section of river away from the distraction of the cities and interstate. Beautiful scenery and gentle rapids create a great trip for all levels of experience.

Westwater Canyon
Class III-IV
Popular section filled with exciting whitewater and spectacular canyon scenery.


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The majority of the Lower Colorado River runs alongside I-70, through rural western Colorado towns such as New Castle, Rifle, Parachute, Palisade and the large city of Grand Junction. Just west of Grand Junction the Lower Colorado River takes a turn into the canyons the span both Colorado and Utah, near Moab.

Information for Lower Colorado River Self-Guided Boaters:

New Castle to Palisade
Palisade to Loma and Ruby-Horsethief Canyon
Westwater Canyon

If shuttle service is available, information is listed under the specific section page.


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Colorado Rafting River Guide:

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

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