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Colorado’s largest city, Denver, is a wonderful place to visit in the summer. Almost every outdoor activity the state has to offer is within a couple hours drive. It is the perfect destination for travelers looking for both the excitement of the big city and the wonderful recreation that the Rocky Mountains offer, as it’s close to many rivers, including the Colorado River and America’s best white water rafting river – the Arkansas River. No Denver vacation is complete without experiencing a white water rafting trip! Wilderness Aware Rafting offers many different white water trips near Denver.

Nearby Rivers

  • Arkansas River – the best white water in the U.S. near Buena Vista – 122 miles away (map)
  • Gunnison River – raft the wild water of Gunnison Gorge near Hotchkiss – 235 miles away (map)
  • Colorado River – mild family float trips along the Upper Colorado near Kremmling – 104 miles away (map)
  • North Platte River – remote and scenic wilderness trips in May and June near Cowdrey – 151 miles away (map)
  • Dolores River – explore western Colorado high desert scenery in May and June near Gateway and Cortez – 289 miles away (map)
  • Salt River – exciting springtime rafting trips through Salt River Canyon in Arizona near Phoenix and Tucson – 800 miles away (map)

Recommended Rafting Trips near Denver:

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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Colorado’s Historical State Capital

Prior to the late 1850’s, the area was inhabited by native cultures including the Cheyenne, Arapahoe and Kiowa people. Prior to the 1850’s, occasional prospectors came through looking for gold, found nothing and moved on. It wasn’t until 1858 when Green Russell and Sam Bates found a small gold deposit near Little Dry Creek that yielded 622 grams of gold. By spring of 1859 tens of thousands of gold seekers arrived.

Montana City, Auraria, and St. Charles City were a few of the first settlements near present-day Denver. It was formed by General William Larimer, in November of 1858, as was named after the Kansas Territorial Governor James W. Denver. Colorado became a state in 1876 and a state-wide vote in 1881 made Denver the permanent state capital.

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Between 1870 and 1890 the city’s population increased from less than 5,000 to over 100,000 due to silver being found in the nearby mountains. In early 1893 the silver boom collapsed, though Denver was able to stay stable due to agriculture in the surrounding area. The city stayed strong and the population surged to a quarter million people by 1920, and by 2008 reached approximately 600,000 people.

Since then, Denver has made its mark as the go-to city to both live and visit for those looking for an active, outdoor lifestyle.

Beautiful City on the Foothills of the Rockies

Looking to get away to Colorado? Visit Denver on your next vacation. There is such a great abundance of activities to enjoy – many of which are just a short drive into the mountains.

Don’t forget to visit many other vacation towns and destinations on your Denver, CO vacation, including Colorado Springs, Breckenridge, Keystone, SalidaBuena Vista, Aspen, Vail, Canon City and Leadville.

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