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Home to two major rivers—the Arkansas and the Colorado—as well as a multitude of other waterways that begin gushing when the snow of the Rocky Mountains melts each summer, Colorado is one of the United States’ top river-rafting destinations. Here are our ideas and tips to help you choose the best rafting tour for you. 
 
Highlights
  • Tackle the Class III and IV rapids of the Arkansas River through Browns Canyon National Monument on a white water tour from Buena Vista.
  • Paddle through Glenwood Canyon’s Class III and IV rapids on the Colorado River on a tour from Glenwood Springs.
  • Experience the Royal Gorge, one of Colorado’s deepest canyons, on an Arkansas River rafting tour from Cañon City.
  • Discover the Animas River and its Class I and up rapids on a tour from Durango.
  • Closer to Denver, enjoy the Class II and III rapids of Clear Creek on a tour from Idaho Springs.
 
Things to Know
  • Colorado’s rafting season is generally May to September.
  • The amount of winter snowfall determines the water levels of the rivers each year, meaning that dry winters usually result in a shorter rafting season.
  • River rapids are categorized into six classes, from Class I: easy to Class VI: extreme.
  • Helmets, waterproof jackets, and other safety gear are typically provided.
  • Rafting tours in Colorado’s popular vacation spots are generally family friendly and cater to beginners; you’ll receive a safety briefing and paddling instructions from the guide.
  • Some tours offer a choice between a half- and full-day tour; full-day tours often include stopping on the riverbank for a provided lunch.
  • The sun is stronger in high elevations so wear sunscreen, and bring sunglasses and a hat with straps so you won’t lose them in the water.
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Beginner Whitewater Rafting on Historic Clear Creek Park

Beginner Whitewater Rafting on Historic Clear Creek Park

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Even beginners can enjoy a whitewater rafting trip on Clear Creek with this guided tour. All instruction and equipment—wetsuits, paddles, life vests, and personal drybags—are provided for you. This tour is suitable for those who have no experience and is also perfect for families with children.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$62.35
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Clear Creek Intermediate Whitewater Rafting near Denver

Clear Creek Intermediate Whitewater Rafting near Denver

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Get an eyeful of stunning Colorado scenery as well as learn about the canyon's Gold Rush history on this whitewater rafting tour. Appropriate for intermediate rafters, this tour shoots a long stretch of free-flowing whitewater. All equipment and the leadership of an experienced guide is included for your safety and comfort.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$73.10
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Browns Canyon National Monument Whitewater Rafting

Browns Canyon National Monument Whitewater Rafting

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Enjoy the experience of a lifetime with family friendly Colorado rafting through Browns Canyon National Monument on the Arkansas River. Exciting class III-IV rapids intermixed with calm water in between make Browns Canyon rafting great for beginners and experts alike.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$92.65
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Clear Creek Beginner

Clear Creek Beginner

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Once you’re in the boat and heading down Clear Creek, guests will enjoy a fun stretch of water while sightseeing historical locations. You and your crew will navigate Class II and Class III rapids like Subway Falls, Mountain Lion, and Mister Twister before exiting your rafting trip at Kermits. A short bus ride will take you back to Raft Masters where you’ll have the opportunity to purchase souvenirs for your friends and family and view the action-packed photos taken of you and your group on the biggest rapid of your trip.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Clear Creek Inermediate

Clear Creek Inermediate

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Plan a thrilling Colorado rafting adventure on this Clear Creek whitewater tour from Idaho Springs. Ideal for intermediate rafters, the adrenaline-fueled ride tackles class III to V rapids like Phoenix and Nomad while splashing through gorgeous Rocky Mountain scenery. Van transport get you back to base camp at the end of the ride, where you’ll have a chance to purchase a photo of your group in action.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Glenwood Canyon Half-Day Raft Trip

Glenwood Canyon Half-Day Raft Trip

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The Colorado River is one of the US’ most popular spots for whitewater rafting, but if you’ve never been before, the Class III rapids can seem a bit scary. Take the stress away from a trip that should be fun with this Glenwood Canyon half-day rafting trip. Not only will your guide safely lead the way down the river, but all equipment is included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$64.30
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Half Day Bighorn Sheep Canyon Rafting Adventure Cañon City CO

Half Day Bighorn Sheep Canyon Rafting Adventure Cañon City CO

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Experience excellent Colorado Rafting as you hit the most exciting and iconic rapids in the Bighorn Sheep Canyon. This is the perfect Arkansas River trip for beginner to intermediate rafters. Journey Quest is a non-profit Christ-centered rafting ministry, and these trip are uplifting, family-friendly adventures. You’ll love the scenery, the experience, and the intentional ministry led by our guides on your next Colorado whitewater rafting adventure.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.00
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$75.00

Half-Day Royal Gorge Whitewater Rafting Adventure Cañon City CO

Half-Day Royal Gorge Whitewater Rafting Adventure Cañon City CO

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The Royal Gorge is one of the most thrilling and exciting whitewater rafting trips on the Arkansas River. Enjoy the beauty and thrill of God’s creation as you experience 1,000 foot high canyon walls, confront exciting Class IV-V rapids, and see the famous Royal Gorge Bridge. The Royal Gorge is a serious section of river facing Class III-V Rapids, and a half-day trip is not a suitable introduction for beginners. Previous class III or higher paddling experience and strong swimming ability are recommended for all guests. For the safety of our guests and guides, we cannot take guests who are over 250lbs or individuals with a history of heart or serious medical problems. Journey Quest is a non-profit Christ-centered rafting ministry, and these trip are uplifting, family-friendly adventures. You’ll love the scenery, the experience, and the intentional ministry led by our guides on this Colorado whitewater rafting adventure.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$95.00
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Clear Creek Gold Rush Whitewater Rafting from Idaho Springs

Clear Creek Gold Rush Whitewater Rafting from Idaho Springs

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Immerse yourself in Colorado’s natural landscape on a whitewater rafting tour through Clear Creek, just 30 minutes from downtown Denver. In addition to providing safety gear including life jackets and helmets, your guide navigates and offers little-known facts about the area’s history. An afternoon departure time and easily accessible location make this a popular choice for families, field trips, and team building initiatives.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$68.77
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Half-Day Family Rafting in Durango

Half-Day Family Rafting in Durango

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Float down the Lower Animas River on this family-friendly rafting trip in Durango. As you glide over the rapids with a guide, you can enjoy views of Durango from the water and take in the natural beauty south of town. Stop on the riverside for a snack, and listen to stories about the history and traditions of the region. This is a mild rafting option for ages 4 years and up. Select a morning or afternoon departure time when booking.
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  • 4 hours
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Bighorn Sheep Canyon Half-Day Rafting

Bighorn Sheep Canyon Half-Day Rafting

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Paddle down the scenic Arkansas River on a half-day rafting adventure through Colorado’s Bighorn Sheep Canyon. Navigate class II and II whitewater rapids with an expert guide, and soak up the beauty of the surrounding high desert landscape, home to an abundance of native wildlife. It’s a great way for families and first-timers to experience one of Colorado’s favorite—and wettest!—outdoor adventure sports.
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  • 3 hours
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Numbers Full Day Rafting Trip

Numbers Full Day Rafting Trip

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Get your adrenaline pumping as you embark on this whitewater rafting excursion down the Arkansas River. Navigate Class IV and IV+ rapids with your group and guide. take in the beautiful scenery along the way, and refuel with a fajita feast right on the banks of the river. This tour is suitable for those in good physical condition and can swim; no prior rafting experience required but is recommended.
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  • 7 hours 15 minutes
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Royal Gorge Half-Day Rafting Trip

Royal Gorge Half-Day Rafting Trip

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When you're rafting beneath walls that tower 1,200 feet through a canyon just 26 feet wide, it suddenly all begins to make sense why this spot's called the Royal Gorge. During this 3 hour Royal Gorge rafting trip, experience the thrill of splashing down rapids with names like Sledgehammer Falls, and enjoy the pristine Colorado scenery from the seat of your whitewater raft. Professional guides help ensure your safety and discuss the history of the gorge, and this is the perfect way to spend half a day when visiting Canon City.
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  • 3 hours
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$94.00
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Advanced Royal Gorge Whitewater Rafting Trip

Advanced Royal Gorge Whitewater Rafting Trip

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Take advantage of the rapids of the Royal Gorge on Colorado’s River Arkansas to hone your rafting on this advanced half-day adventure. Designed for experienced rafters and adventurers in good physical shape, the rafting expedition lets you brave waves, steep technical drops, and near-continuous Class IV-V white water rapids, with equipment—excluding wetsuits and wetsuit boots—provided for convenience. Prebook to guarantee your preferred time slot on your ideal date.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Arkansas River Half Day Bighorn Sheep Canyon

Arkansas River Half Day Bighorn Sheep Canyon

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If you've always wanted to try rafting, get a splashy start in Colorado’s Bighorn Sheep Canyon on this half-day whitewater tour that's perfect for beginners and families. River guides provide all the gear you need and safety instruction to get you paddling down class I-III rapids on this scenic stretch of the Arkansas River. On calmer sections, look out for bighorn sheep and other Rocky Mountain wildlife along the way.
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  • 4 hours
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Advanced Whitewater Rafting in Clear Creek Canyon near Denver

Advanced Whitewater Rafting in Clear Creek Canyon near Denver

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Advance paddlers will love challenging themselves with this technical run down Clear Creek. Listen closely to your experienced guide's instructions as you paddle through whitewater that plummets more than 100 feet per mile. Suitable only for good swimmers.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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2.5 Hour Family Rafting in Durango with Guide

2.5 Hour Family Rafting in Durango with Guide

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Not all rafting trips have to take up your entire day—this tour from Durango gets you on the water and back out with time to enjoy another adventure before the sun goes down. You'll spend one hour on the Animas River navigating the Class II and Class III rapids with a rafting guide.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$59.00
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Numbers Extreme Whitewater Rafting

Numbers Extreme Whitewater Rafting

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Extreme Colorado white water rafting on the Arkansas River in Buena Vista is for experienced rafters or adventurous beginners in good physical condition. The Numbers sections offers some of the most technical white water rafting in Colorado. Be prepared for a full body workout as your professional river guide directs your group through each back to back rapid. Enjoy scenic views of the 14,000 foot Collegiate Peaks and cottonwood lined riverbanks between paddle strokes
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  • 6 hours
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Numbers Half Day Whitewater Rafting Class IV

Numbers Half Day Whitewater Rafting Class IV

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Numbers Half Day Rafting Trip Perfect for experienced rafters or adventurous first timers! Our Numbers half day trip offers some of the best white water rapids on the Arkansas River and in Colorado!  This exhilarating run is recommended for rafters over 15.  Meet us in Buena Vista at our whitewater outpost.  Each Numbers trip includes wetsuits, booties, splash tops, and all of the safety equipment needed for this wet and wild ride.  Try not to miss the majestic views of the Collegiate Peaks as your expert guide assists you in navigating eight Class IV+heart pumping rapids and the continuous white water in between.  Experience huge drenching waves and steep drops through your 6 mile, action packed adventure. We are sure to give you and your group the thrill of a lifetime with this rafting tour.
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  • 3 hours
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Intermediate Bighorn Sheep Canyon Whitewater Rafting Trip

Intermediate Bighorn Sheep Canyon Whitewater Rafting Trip

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See what makes Bighorn Sheep Canyon one of the most popular rafting locations near the Royal Gorge on a half-day whitewater adventure that’s suitable for both novices and experienced rafters. Soak up views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains and pristine Colorado scenery in between tackling class II-IV rapids. At just a half day, it's an easy way to fit in a favorite Rocky Mountains outdoor activity.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Milk Run Family Rafting Trip

Milk Run Family Rafting Trip

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Beginners will feel safe and comfortable on this 1-hour rafting trip down the Milk Run of the Arkansas River in Buena Vista, CO. Families with small children over two years old can paddle together through easy splashes and gentle floats with mountain views. All paddling equipment and safety gear is included.
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  • 2 hours
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Browns Canyon Half Day Rafting

Browns Canyon Half Day Rafting

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Explore Browns Canyon National Monument on a white-water rafting adventure. Spend a few hours shooting the Class III rapids, perfect for beginner or intermediate paddlers, in the company of a guide—perfect for families who want to raft together. Keep a lookout for local wildlife such as big horn sheep and blue heron as you paddle, learning about the area through your guide's commentary.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Royal Gorge Full-Day Rafting Trip

Royal Gorge Full-Day Rafting Trip

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Experience the ultimate in Colorado whitewater on this full-day Royal Gorge rafting trip from Cañon City. Warm up with a run down Bighorn Sheep Canyon, then put your paddling skills to the test while tacking the thrilling whitewater flumes of the Royal Gorge. A riverside picnic lunch is included on this wet and unforgettable adventure.
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  • 6 hours
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Browns Canyon Full Day Whitewater Rafting Trip

Browns Canyon Full Day Whitewater Rafting Trip

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Tackling seven miles (11.2 kilometers) on the Arkansas River with Class III rapids alone can be a little extreme if you don’t have any experience. This whitewater rafting trip with a guide allows all skill levels, including beginners, to feel confident on the water. Your guide goes over safety procedures and paddling tips before you set out, and you’ll stop on the way to enjoy an included riverside lunch.
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  • 5 hours
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