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Upper Blue River


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The Upper Blue makes for an excellent short trip that does not disappoint! This is a wonderful early season section with fun whitewater and great views of the Gore Range.

Recommended White Water Rafting Trips on The Upper Blue River:

Trip Name: 1/4 Day
Sections Included: Upper Blue
Outfitter: KODI
Learn More: ~ 877.747.7238

Wilderness Aware Rafting does not operate trips on the Blue River. Information regarding the Blue River on this website is strictly informational. Please click here for a complete list of trips that we offer, or use the search filter to the left. Thanks!

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Upper Blue River Whitewater Rafting Details:

Difficulty: Class III-IV (What does this mean?)
Elevation: 8435′ to 8302′
Average Gradient: 53.2′ per mile

Access to Access

Blue River Campground to Columbine Landing: 2.5 miles
Total Mileage: 2.5 miles



What people are saying

  • Lydia filled us with confidence. She was skilled and knowledgeable and explained each set of rapids so we knew what to expect. She was great company and we had the best experience. She was brilliant.

    Dwight W. Rafter
  • I cannot wait to come back! Also loved how funny all the guides were. It was the most I’ve seen my sister laugh in a long time! Thank you so much for this amazing experience.

    Lexi R. Rafter
  • I spent several days researching various rafting options and after speaking w/your team was sold. We were not disappointed-the trip is spectacular and our guide Sean was informative, lively professional and entertaining.

    Lauren C. Rafter


Information for Upper Blue Self-Guided Boaters:

The Blue River is in the White River National Forest and is managed by the U.S. Forest Service.

    • Boating Permit Required: NO
    • Permit Details: No fee of any kind is required to float the river within the National Forest on public lands.
    • River Manager: US Forest Service – Dillon Ranger District
      680 Blue River Parkway, Po Box 620, Silverthorne, CO 80498
      970.468.5400 ~

Please contact the river manager (above) for information on shuttles.

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