Fun and splashy rapids dot this amazing wilderness river

Northgate Canyon


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northgate canyon overview

In northern Colorado, near Wyoming, the North Platte river dives into Northgate Canyon and cuts into the Medicine Bow Mountains. Action-packed class III-IV rapids and wildlife are abundant in this remote, wilderness canyon. Don’t underestimate this canyon! Let the names of some of the rapids clue you in: Windy Hole, Stovepipe, OFR (outrageous frickin’ rapid), and Tootsie Roll.


Recommended Northgate Canyon Trips:

Northgate Canyon 2 Day Trip

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+.

the view of the mountains while white water rafting steamboat

Adult price : $509


northgate canyon sections

North Platte River – Northgate Canyon Whitewater Rafting Details:

Difficulty: Class III-IV (What does this mean?)
Elevation: 7826′ to 7606′
Average Gradient: 22.0′ per mile

Access to Access

Routt to Six Mile Gap: 10.8 miles
Total Mileage: 10.8 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 North Platte River Self-Guided Boaters:

The North Platte River is in the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest and is managed by 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 – Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District
    2171 Highway 130, Po Box 249, Saratoga, WY 82331
    307.326.5258 ~

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

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