Colorado River Rafting Ultimate Guide

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ARKANSAS

The Arkansas River attracts rafting enthusiasts from around the world, making it the world’s most popular whitewater rafting location.

NORTH PLATTE

The North Platte is one of Colorado’s only remaining free-flowing white water rivers.

GUNNISON

From its official start near Almont, CO the Gunnison transforms from mild whitewater to extremely technical and back again.

DOLORES

The Dolores is a classic western river, unspoiled, with a majestic desert backdrop.

COLORADO

Flowing through meadows, valleys, and canyons, the Upper Colorado offers up mellow, scenic float trips & intense whitewater.

SALT RIVER

The Salt River is a hidden whitewater gem nestled among the cliffs and towering saguaro of central Arizona.

Animas

Tucked in the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado. Offers both advanced and mild whitewater.

Blue

Located near Summit County in North Central Colorado. Short trip length packed with fast-paced rapids.

Cache La Poudre

Close to Rocky Mountain National Park in Northern Colorado. Offers challenging whitewater as well as mild family trips.

Clear Creek

Closest whitewater to Denver in Central Colorado. Technical, fast-paced whitewater in a variety of trip lengths.

Colorado (Lower)

Located in East Central Colorado, running west into Utah. Ruby-Horsethief and Westwater Canyon are popular stretches.

Eagle

Near Vail in Central Colorado. This early season river has short sections of action-packed whitewater.

Green

Located the unspoiled country of Northwest Colorado. Raft the Gates of Lodore section through gorgeous Dinosaur National Monument.

Piedra

Remotely located in Southwest Colorado. Fast-paced whitewater can be found on both the Upper and Lower sections.

Rio Grande

Located in South Central Colorado. Trip vary in length and difficulty as this famous river begins its long journey high in the Rocky Mountains.

Roaring Fork

Near Aspen in Central Colorado. Beginner to advanced rafting trips available.

San Juan

Located in Southwest Colorado near Pagosa Springs. This river offers fantastic short trips as well as extended adventures.

San Miguel

Remotely located in West Central Colorado near Telluride. Mild rapids surrounded by high country mountain scenery and sandstone canyons.

South Platte

Located in Central Colorado. The Upper section is nestled in the mountains, while the lower section runs through urban Denver.

Taylor

Tucked quietly in Central Colorado near Crested Butte. Fantastic, quick and exciting rapids as well as mild whitewater define this short river.

Uncompahgre

Located in West Central Colorado. Start out with steep technical whitewater before transitioning into more laid-back rapids.

Yampa

Near Steamboat Springs in Northwest Colorado. This long and diverse river floats through the stunning Dinosaur National Monument.

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