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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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1-Day Gunnison River Gorge Rafting Trip CO

1-Day Gunnison River Gorge Rafting Trip CO

Experience the adrenaline-pumping excitement of a whitewater rafting adventure on this professionally guided, 1- or 2-day excursion. The clear, cold water of the Gunnison River is a sportsman’s and whitewater paddler’s paradise. Its narrow corridor creates exciting Class III whitewater rapids — a hidden jewel tucked deep in steep granite walls below Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. All boating equipment — rain gear, drinking water and a personal floatation device — plus transportation and lunch are included.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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$320.00
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Double Shoshone Half-Day Raft Trip

Double Shoshone Half-Day Raft Trip

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Raft the mighty Colorado River under the tutelage of experienced rafting instructors. Navigate the Class III Shoshone section of the river—twice—then eddy out at Grizzly Creek. Next, enjoy a scenic float through Glenwood Canyon, a natural marvel whose rock walls tower 1,300 feet (396 meters) above the river.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.20
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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 and a snack is included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$64.30
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Arkansas River Family Float

Arkansas River Family Float

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Experience the thrill of white water rafting on a family-friendly trip through through the Cañon City rapids. Once on the river, your guide navigates for you while you take in views of the Colorado landscape often missed by visitors. Round-trip transport from a central meeting location and safety/water gear are provided for your comfort and convenience.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Arkansas River Half Day Royal Gorge

Arkansas River Half Day Royal Gorge

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There are enough Class II-V rapids to satisfy even expert rafters on this half-day whitewater tour through the Royal Gorge. Navigate steep drops and churning waves as you wind between 1,100-foot (335-meter) canyon walls for a classic Colorado adventure. Experienced river guides lead the way to ensure everyone's safety and an unforgettable voyage.
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  • 4 hours
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Arkansas River Half Day Bighorn Sheep Canyon

Arkansas River Half Day Bighorn Sheep Canyon

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This is a perfect half day of fun for first time rafters and for families with younger children. You get the best of both worlds while experiencing the excitement of whitewater rafting. Guests will experience class I-III whitewater, providing a fun, exciting, and splashy trip.
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  • 4 hours
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Clear Creek Inermediate

Clear Creek Inermediate

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Once you’re in the boat and heading down Clear Creek, you will enjoy a fun stretch of water while sightseeing historical locations. You and your crew will navigate Class III to Class V rapids like Nomad and Phoenix before exiting your rafting trip at Deliverance. 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
  • Free Cancellation
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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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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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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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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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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
  • Free Cancellation
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Browns Canyon Rafting Full Day

Browns Canyon Rafting Full Day

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Raft down Colorado’s Arkansas River in Browns Canyon on this half-day whitewater rafting adventure. Start at Buena Vista and make your way down 12 class I, II, and III rapids with your guide across 16 miles of rivers. Enjoy a delicious, locally sourced, lunch just on the banks of the river and admire the beautiful views of the Collegiate Peaks.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Browns Canyon Whitewater Rafting Half-Day Trip

Browns Canyon Whitewater Rafting Half-Day Trip

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Experience the adrenaline-pumping excitement of a whitewater rafting adventure in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains on this professionally guided, half-day excursion. Ride along the clear, crisp waters of the Arkansas River, from the river’s source in the beautiful Arkansas Valley, with dramatic 14,000 foot peaks to the bottom of the Royal Gorge. Crash through the Class II and III rapids of the Granite Gorge and Browns Canyon National Monument whitewater. All rafting equipment — self-bailing raft, paddle, lifejacket and helmet — are included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$91.98
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Royal Gorge Full Rafting Experience

Royal Gorge Full Rafting Experience

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Tackle some of Colorado's most prized rapids with a whitewater rafting trip through the magnificent canyons of the Royal Gorge. Navigate class III-V swells with an experienced guide, taking a break midday for a hearty riverside lunch featuring grilled steaks. From transport to key check service and optional photos and videos of the wet and wild adventure, all the details are arranged so you can focus on the water.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Royal Gorge Half Day Rafting Experience

Royal Gorge Half Day Rafting Experience

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Fly down Class III to IV rapids on this challenging whitewater rafting course in the Royal Gorge. Take in views of the 1,000-foot tall (300 meter) canyon walls from the waters of the Arkansas River as a guide helps you navigate your way down the course. This tour includes all equipment and a morning and afternoon departure time.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Bighorn Sheep Canyon Full Day Whitewater Experience

Bighorn Sheep Canyon Full Day Whitewater Experience

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Enjoy a full day on the Arkansas River with this guided whitewater tour that sets you up for success, even if it's your first time rafting. The Bighorn Sheep Canyon it is an ideal choice for beginners and families, featuring mild class I-III rapids and plenty of tranquil stretches to catch your breath and soak in the gorgeous Colorado scenery. A riverside lunch helps keeps the energy up, while optional photos and videos provide a lasting memento of your river adventure.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Bighorn Sheep Canyon Half Day Whitewater Experience

Bighorn Sheep Canyon Half Day Whitewater Experience

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Experience the excitement of a Colorado whitewater rafting adventure on this guided excursion. Choose from a morning or afternoon departure time, then ride along the Arkansas River in Bighorn Sheep Canyon. It’s the perfect introduction to Colorado whitewater rafting, challenging Class II and III rapids and home to herds of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep. The driver/guide will be taking photos along the way which will be available for purchase at the end of the trip. All the necessary rafting equipment plus an Alberta hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Half-Day River-Rafting Trip from Denver

Half-Day River-Rafting Trip from Denver

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Paddle Colorado white-water on a half-day white-water rafting trip that includes hotel pickup and drop-off in Denver, snacks, and a CD of images from your day on the river. Join a small group of beginning or intermediate rafters for an experience that’s tailored to you, then watch for wildlife and historic mining sites as you experience Colorado white-water rafting.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$132.00
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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Raft the Colorado River through Glenwood Springs - Half Day Adventure

Raft the Colorado River through Glenwood Springs - Half Day Adventure

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Say ‘yes’ to a perfect day on the Colorado River! This ‘Half-Day Adventure’ offers a scenic, whitewater experience which is a must for water enthusiasts of all ages. Get on board with the professional guides to enjoy all the adventure of the class III ‘Shoshone Rapids,’ then slow it down and soak in the scenery of stunning Glenwood Springs Canyon as you play and paddle your way through class I-II whitewater. Each trip is about 3 - 3.5 hours long (total trip time) and departs and returns from 152 W 6th Street, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Royal Gorge Rafting and Zipline Tour(FREE gear use!) - Raft, Classic Zip & lunch

Royal Gorge Rafting and Zipline Tour(FREE gear use!) - Raft, Classic Zip & lunch

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Splash through one of the most famous canyons in the American West on a combo Royal Gorge rafting and zipline adventure. Tackle the whitewater rapids on this most dramatic section of the Arkansas River, and then strap in for a high-flying zipline ride than spans more than a mile of stunning Colorado scenery. In between activities, recharge with lunch at a rustic bar and grill near the river.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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