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Coming to Breckenridge, Colorado this summer? No vacation is complete without experiencing the world’s best whitewater rafting. And you won’t find a better white water rafting experience than with Wilderness Aware Rafting.

In Breckenridge, rafting is almost as popular as skiing. And over the years, summer visitors have helped us win “Colorado’s Company of the Year” on two separate occasions. But what makes us happiest is the number of repeat guests we have, many of whom tell us their trip is the high point of their Breckenridge vacation.

Nearby Rivers

  • Arkansas River – the best white water in the U.S. only an hour from town – 57 miles away (map)
  • Gunnison River – raft the wild water of Gunnison Gorge near Hotchkiss – 175 miles away (map)
  • Colorado River – mild family float trips along the Upper Colorado near Kremmling – 52 miles away (map)
  • North Platte River – remote and scenic wilderness trips in May and June near Cowdrey – 121 miles away (map)
  • Dolores River – explore western Colorado high desert scenery in May and June near Gateway and Cortez – 228 miles away (map)
  • Salt River – exciting springtime rafting trips through Salt River Canyon in Arizona near Phoenix and Tucson – 677 miles away (map)

Recommended Rafting Trips near Breckenridge:

Browns Canyon Full Day Trip

When you book a Browns Canyon rafting trip you’ll experience Colorado’s most popular white water rafting trip! Raft the Arkansas River in Buena Vista, Colorado near Denver, Colorado Springs and major resorts towns. Suitable for all skill levels and kids ages 7+, you can experience a Browns Canyon rafting adventure anytime between May 1 and Labor Day.

Adult price : $125

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Browns Canyon Half Day Trip

Join us for a half day of action-packed white water on the Arkansas River. Departing from Buena Vista, Colorado this adventure is close to Denver, Colorado Springs and major resorts. Rafters of all skill levels and kids ages 7+ are welcome on this trip that runs between May 1st and Labor Day.

Adult price : $85

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Lower Browns Canyon Half Day Trip

Enjoy a gentle stretch of the Arkansas River on this mild and mellow half day adventure. This family-friendly trip departs from Buena Vista, Colorado – close to Denver and Colorado Springs. Young kids ages 4+ and rafters of all skill levels love this trip that runs between May 1st and Labor Day. Beautiful scenery and exceptional guides make this trip a guest favorite!

Adult price : $85

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Browns & Numbers Combo Full Day Trip

Take on two great Arkansas River sections in one day! You’ll start in the fun and fast-paced rapids of Browns Canyon and finish with the challenging and technical rapids of the Numbers. This trip departs from Buena Vista, Colorado, near Denver and Colorado Springs, and is recommended to advanced rafters and those ages 14+. Available from May 15 to Aug 20.

Adult price : $145

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Inn to Inn 2, 3 or 4 Day Trip

Experience fantastic rafting and comfort all in one great Arkansas River trip. Customize white water rafting sections, comfortable lodging at bed and breakfasts and delicious dining choices at local restaurants. Departing from Buena Vista, Colorado – near Denver and Colorado Springs – raft anytime between May 15 and Labor Day. Suitable for all skill levels and kids ages 10+.

Adult price : $345/person/day

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Arkansas River 2 Day Trip

Enjoy two full days of fantastic class III-IV white water rafting and isolated riverside camping within Browns Canyon National Monument on this popular Arkansas River trip. Suitable for all skill levels and kids ages 8+, this multi-day adventure departs from Buena Vista, Colorado, near Denver, Colorado Springs and major resorts. Trips are available from May 1st to Aug 25.

Adult price : $439

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Arkansas River 3 Day Trip

Get away from the day-to-day on this amazing, action-packed Arkansas River adventure. Enjoy fantastic whitewater during the day, including rafting Browns Canyon National Monument, and secluded camping at night. This trip departs from Buena Vista, Colorado – near Denver and Colorado Springs, and is suitable for all skill levels and kids ages 8+. Raft with us between May 15 and Aug 15.

Adult price : $657

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Arkansas River 5 Day Trip

Raft with us on nearly every section we offer, including Browns Canyon National Monument, on the Arkansas River – all in one unforgettable 5 Day trip! With departures between May 15 and Aug 15, rafters of all skill levels and kids ages 8+ are welcome on this adventure. Meet and depart in Buena Vista, Colorado – near Denver and Colorado Springs.

Adult price : $1015

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Relive History

In 1859, during the Pikes Peak Gold Rush, gold was discovered along the Blue River, and General George E. Spencer founded the town of Breckenridge. Today, more than 350 historic buildings still remain, making a summer vacation a must for anyone interested in Colorado history.

In 1882, the railroad arrived. Although the train is long gone, you can still hike the old trail on Boreas Pass Road. Of course, during the summer, rafting and gold mine tours are also two of the more popular activities.

Over the next several decades, the town’s fortunes – and population – rose and fell. In 1961, the Breckenridge Ski Area opened, and the city’s “white gold” rush was on, putting a Colorado vacation at the top of every skier’s wish list. The boom was further fueled by the opening of the Eisenhower Tunnel on Interstate 70, which gave easy access to Denver and the Front Range. Once cars could easily reach town, rafting, skiing, and a host of other outdoor activities grew more popular than ever.

Today, Breckenridge continues to redefine mountain town, while preserving its own unique history and character. For anyone looking to experience true Colorado, a Breckenridge vacation is a great choice.

Summer Fun in Summit County

Don’t forget to visit Summit County’s many other popular vacation towns and destinations, including KeystoneBuena VistaSalida, Silverthorne, Dillon, Frisco, Denver, and Colorado Springs.

Of course, a summer vacation is also a great time to relax and take it easy. That’s because Breckenridge and Summit County are home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Exploring the town’s architecture is another fantastic opportunity to go beyond the traditional Breckenridge vacation.

But remember to take the altitude into consideration: take it easy on your first day or two, and be sure to drink plenty of water. It’s the best way to make sure you enjoy every minute of your Summit County vacation.

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