White Water Rafting in Denver & Other Activities

We are currently offering whitewater rafting trips on 4 rivers in Colorado: Clear Creek (30 minutes from Denver), the Blue River (1.5 hours from Denver), the Colorado River (2 hours from Denver) and the Arkansas River (2.5 hours from Denver). Learn more about all of the trips we are offering right now here.

DENVER, CO

Denver’s central location in Colorado makes it easy to access the best mountain fun and adventure without a lot of travel. Denver is one seriously fun metropolis, but drive just a few miles from the city and you’re suddenly surrounded by 14,000-foot peaks and some of the most stunning scenery imaginable.

Denver is one seriously fun metropolis, but drive just a few miles from the city and you’re suddenly surrounded by 14,000-foot peaks and some of the most stunning scenery imaginable. Indeed, you can have it all with AVA’s Denver whitewater rafting, ziplining, via ferrata, and train ride adventures!

What is the closest rafting to Denver?

Clear Creek Canyon has world class white water rafting just 30 minutes from Denver. Whether you are looking for a family friendly rafting trip or an advanced rafting trip, there are guided rafting options at Clear Creek Canyon.

What is the closest zipline course to Denver?

There are two courses near Denver. Denver Adventures is located 30 miles south west of Denver in Conifer, CO. AVA Rafting & Zipline is located 30 miles west of Denver in the National Forest in Idaho Springs, CO.

What is the best rafting near Denver?

There are a lot of options for all levels. Clear Creek Canyon provides great Class 3,4 & 5 rafting. If you are willing to go a little farther, the Blue River in Summit County provides great whitewater and even better views.

When is the Denver whitewater rafting season?

The Denver rafting season typically starts near the end of April and can go through August. Rafting season does depend on the snow pack from the previous winter so depending on the year the season can be shorter or longer.

Can Kids Go Rafting?

Rafting is a great family activity. Our rafting trips that are near Denver, located in Clear Creek Canyon, are available to people ages 6+. During short periods of the year, the minimum age can be increased, but we offer rafting trips on the Upper Colorado for kids as young as 2.

Is Whitewater Rafting Safe & Fun?

Whitewater rafting is a thrilling experience for people of all ages. Working hard to paddle through the rapids while taking in breathtaking views is a great way to spend your day. Our guides go through 3 times more training then what the states require and they are able to navigate these waters all by themselves. You are in great hands when you go rafting with an AVA guide and not to mention they are some of the most guides around!

How Long does a rafting trip last?

Our rafting trips vary in length so we are able to find a trip that fits your groups needs. Typically, a 1/3 day trip takes about 3 hours, a 1/2 day trip takes about 4 hours and a full day trip is about a 6 hour time commitment. Times vary due to how the water is flowing that day.

Where should we meet for our rafting trip?

For a Clear Creek Canyon rafting trip you will meet at our Idaho Springs outpost about 30 minutes from Denver. From there, our guides and drivers will handle all transportation to and from the river.

Clear Creek Canyon provides great rafting only 30 minutes from Denver, Colorado. You must be 6 years of age or older to go rafting in Clear Creek Canyon. There are sections of the river that are 15+. Learn more about rafting.

Cliffside ziplining in Idaho Springs, Colorado is a great option for flying through the Rockies without having to travel to far. This zipline adventure is integrated into the cliffside where you will zip above the trees, and go through mountain top obstacles. Learn more about ziplining.

First of all, via ferrata is an unbeatable adventure that includes assisted climbing and traversing across a cliff face. Take in scenic views and if you are afraid of heights don’t look down! This trip also includes a few ziplines as well. We can’t think of a better way to spend a day in Denver then at our Via Ferrata course on Mount Evans! Learn more about via ferrata.

The famous Gerogetown Loop train ride is about 1 hour from Denver, but don’t let that stop you from making the trip. This train ride takes you on a 3 mile loop about 650 feet above ground and across impressive bridges. Whether you are with your kids or your parents this is sure to be a fun adventure for the whole family. Learn more about train rides.

If you are willing to venture a little father then we offer exciting tours and adventures all around Colorado. Try our Stand Up Paddle Board Trip or Inflatable Kayak Trip down the upper Colorado. We also offer fly fishing, guided hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding, hot air balloon rides, off-roading, lodging and multi-day activities. Learn more about all of our activites.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES NEAR DENVER

If you are looking to make a day trip or stay close to Denver then the 2 following locations will be the best options for you and your group.

Idaho Springs, Colorado is located 30 minutes west of Denver, Colorado.

Gerogetown, Colorado, is located 45 minutes west of Denver just past Idaho Springs.

WILLING TO VENTURE A LITTLE FARTHER

We have a lot of outdoor activities all over the state of Colorado. If you are looking to immerse yourself in the Rocky Mountains once of these locations may be the best option for you.

Breckenridge, Colorado is located 1 hour and 30 minutes west of Denver, Colorado

Kremmling, Colorado is located 2 hours north west from Denver, Colorado.

Buena Vista, Colorado located 2 hours and 15 minutes southwest of Denver.

Overnight Rafting Trips

Let’s go camping on the river! This is our all time favorite way to spend time with our friends and family. This fully guided and all-inclusive intimate overnight rafting and camping adventure takes place on the beautiful and pristine Upper Colorado River in between Pumphouse and State Bridge. Trip includes 2 full days of rafting and exploring and one beautiful night of river-side camping. Gourmet meals will be provided and cooked by your professional river guides and will include lunches on both days and 1 breakfast and dinner. Our overnight trips are small capacity meaning you will get the relaxation you need without hoards of other people around. Looking to extend your trip? Book an additional night/day and you will spend your second day at camp relaxing, fishing, hiking, exploring, swimming, or whatever your heart desires!

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Overnight River Camping Trip

Overnight Rafting

Start Time

Location

Upper Colorado River

Duration

2 days with an overnight

Class

I-II rapids with occasional III at high water

Season

May through September

Price

$400 Adult / $350 Youth (12 and under)

Minimum Age

Day 1

• Meet at the Silverthorne Boathouse at 8AM
• Gear up & meet your guide(s)
• Shuttle ride to Pumphouse on the Upper Colorado River
• River time with hikes, rapids, warm springs, & swimming
• Tasty river bank lunch served by your guide
• More river time and probable squirt gun drills
• Arrive at your pre-set camp
• Free time for fishing (Colorado license required), SUPing, kayaking & more
• Riverside dinner prepared by your guides
• Camp under the stars by the wild and scenic Colorado River

Day 2

• Rise & camp; shine to a hot, gourmet breakfast
• River time & a visit to the endearing riverside community of Rancho Del Rio
• Tasty river bank lunch served by your guide
• River time & rapids
• Take out at State Bridge
• Shuttle back to the Silverthorne Boathouse with arrival around

Colorado River Rafting

About the Colorado River

Our overnight trip on the Upper Colorado River covers fourteen river miles over two days and is inviting to people of all ages. This rare gem has been a popular escape for private rafters for years and has been considered for the coveted National Wild and Scenic River designation. The National Wild and Scenic Rivers designation was created to preserve certain rivers with outstandingly remarkable natural, cultural, and recreational value in a free-flowing condition for the enjoyment of present and future generations. This varied landscape is home to all kinds of wildlife, including bald eagles, deer, beaver, and big horn sheep, there is always something to marvel at. The Upper Colorado River is located just south of the town of Kremmling, about an hour North of our office in Silverthorne. It is convenient to all the Summit County and I-70 corridor ski areas of Keystone, Breckenridge, and Vail.

River Guides

Why Choose Us?

Our staff are here to help you from beginning to end. Whether you are working with our reservations specialists to plan and prepare for your adventure, or traveling down the river with our experienced and friendly guides, you can rest assured that Colorado Rafting Company is looking out for you. That means you can relax and enjoy the scenery, company, food, and fun on your Colorado River rafting trip.

All- Inclusive Trip Package Includes:

CRC professional river guide
Shuttle service from Silverthorne boathouse to river

Lodging (tents, sleeping bags and all camping equipment)
Two lunches, one breakfast and one gourmet dinner all served riverside
All rafting/safety gear, inflatable kayaks and SUP’s
Campsite games

Trip Package Does Not Include:

Clothing (See recommended gear under Trip Planning)
Insurance (Trip or Rescue)
Gratuity

Colorado River Rafting Guides

About Your Guides

Our staff are here to help you from beginning to end. Whether you are working with our reservations specialists to plan and prepare for your adventure, or traveling down the river with our experienced, certified, and friendly guides, you can rest assured that Colorado Rafting Company is looking out for you. We pride ourselves in maintaining a smaller operation where we can provide truly intimate Colorado adventures where we call you by your name and not just a number. Our Colorado River rafting guides are highly trained, experienced, and certified by the State. That means you can relax and enjoy the scenery, company, food, and fun on your Colorado River rafting trip.

What is the best time of year to go rafting on the Colorado River?

This depends on what you’re interested in. If big, exciting water is what your group is looking for, then high-water season is the best time. Mid-June to early July is traditionally the high-water season. When rivers run at their peak, it can make for a big ride. Keep in mind some sections may close due to high water conditions. Most people enjoy a normal run off-season, which is mid-May to late-August. Water levels and weather are very unpredictable, so book a date that best suits the group and be prepared for the unexpected. There really is no bad time to go white water rafting in Colorado.

Is there an age limit to raft on the Colorado River?

Yes. We have an age limit of 5 years old for the Colorado River trips. During times of high water, we typically bump the age limit to 7 years old. For all stand up paddleboard and inflatable kayaks the age limit is 12 years old.

Do I need to know how to swim to go rafting?

Nope! Except for advanced and expert trips, you can go white water rafting even if you can’t swim. Each person will be fitted with a Type-V Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device (life jacket) to be worn while on the river at all times. This life jacket is designed to float the wearer on his/her back with his/her head out of the water. Guests are instructed on the proper use of this life jacket in a safety orientation talk before departure. It does help to have some knowledge of swimming, especially in some of the more aggressive sections.

Should we tip our guide?

Our guides make a base wage similar to a bartender or wait person. General guidelines for tipping would be the same as for a bartender or a waitperson (15-20%). If you do believe in tipping, and the guide has proven to do a great job, it is a nice way to express your appreciation but only if you feel you had a safe, fun, and informative experience. If you did not have a pleasurable and adequate experience, we would appreciate it if you would please bring it to the attention of our management. Feedback and letters from our guests are greatly appreciated and helps us maintain the highest standard of customer service and appreciation.

What should I wear on a river trip?

Avoid cotton clothing, as it tends to get wet and stay wet – not to mention taking valuable warmth from your body’s surface. For rafting, bathing suits and shorts are recommended with comfortable, secure footwear. While not required, we do provide wetsuits, splash jackets, and booties at no additional charge. This equipment isn’t mandatory but it is designed to keep you warm. Towels are best kept in your vehicles at the office and don’t do you much good on the river because there is no way to keep them dry. For rafting and other activities your best bet would be materials such as wool, polypro, fleece, micro fleece, polyester, waterproof jackets, and any other outdoor material that dries fast. There is limited space on the rafts, so you should limit what you bring to what you can wear. Personal flotation devices (PFDs) are included with all rafting adventures and helmets on all Blue River trips. If you have any questions please give us a call and we can give you information so that you know what to expect and can plan accordingly.

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Is whitewater rafting dangerous?

All our guides go through extensive training, basic first aid, CPR, and all river guides are certified by the state of Colorado. Rafting is an adventure sport and involves a degree of risk on the part of the participant. Although we take precautions to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable trip, we cannot be responsible for lost or damaged articles and/or personal injury. It is important for the group to choose a trip within their entire group’s limits. Colorado Rafting Company/Colorado Adventure Guides is committed to the safety of our guests. Due to the inherently dangerous nature of some outdoor recreation activities in the backcountry, all participants are required to acknowledge these risks by reading and signing a liability waiver prior to trip departure. All participants under the age of 18 must have a liability/health history waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. In addition to this form, the health history questionnaire must be filled out for each participant. All information submitted is completely confidential; it is for the guide’s use and would only be shared in the event of an emergency with medical and/or rescue personnel directly caring for the guest. It is Colorado Adventure Guides’ policy that all Emergency Contacts be a person over the age of 18 and not participating in the same guided trip or course.

What should we bring on our river trip?

For river trips you will want to bring a few towels to leave in your car; you’ll be happy to have something to dry off with after your adventure. Bring a change of dry clothes to leave in your car. Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, sunglass straps and hats that protect from the sun, and a camera to document the amazing memories. Bring water for pre-rafting and post-rafting hydration.. Remember, you’re in the Colorado Rockies, and it’s important to stay hydrated! We also suggest bringing cash to tip your guide. Please see our equipment lists for other activity specific gear.

Do we go rafting it it is raining?

The weather in the Colorado Rocky Mountains is very unpredictable and varies from mile to mile and minute to minute. Colorado averages over 300 days of sunshine a year. The odds are, the weather will be good. We run our outdoor activities in all weather conditions, rain or shine, and have gear available to help keep you comfortable, even in the worst conditions. Wetsuits, neoprene booties, and splash tops can really make a big difference and make your trip a pleasurable one. Don’t forget, you’re going to get wet rafting, even on the sunniest of days. Weather is not a cause for cancellation.

Overnight Rafting Trips

Let’s go camping on the river! This is our all time favorite way to spend time with our friends and family. This fully guided and all-inclusive intimate overnight rafting and camping adventure takes place on the beautiful and pristine Upper Colorado River in between Pumphouse and State Bridge. Trip includes 2 full days of rafting and exploring and one beautiful night of river-side camping. Gourmet meals will be provided and cooked by your professional river guides and will include lunches on both days and 1 breakfast and dinner. Our overnight trips are small capacity meaning you will get the relaxation you need without hoards of other people around. Looking to extend your trip? Book an additional night/day and you will spend your second day at camp relaxing, fishing, hiking, exploring, swimming, or whatever your heart desires!

Overnight River Camping Trip

Overnight Rafting

Start Time

Location

Upper Colorado River

Duration

2 days with an overnight

Class

I-II rapids with occasional III at high water

Season

May through September

Price

$400 Adult / $350 Youth (12 and under)

Minimum Age

Day 1

• Meet at the Silverthorne Boathouse at 8AM
• Gear up & meet your guide(s)
• Shuttle ride to Pumphouse on the Upper Colorado River
• River time with hikes, rapids, warm springs, & swimming
• Tasty river bank lunch served by your guide
• More river time and probable squirt gun drills
• Arrive at your pre-set camp
• Free time for fishing (Colorado license required), SUPing, kayaking & more
• Riverside dinner prepared by your guides
• Camp under the stars by the wild and scenic Colorado River

Day 2

• Rise & camp; shine to a hot, gourmet breakfast
• River time & a visit to the endearing riverside community of Rancho Del Rio
• Tasty river bank lunch served by your guide
• River time & rapids
• Take out at State Bridge
• Shuttle back to the Silverthorne Boathouse with arrival around

Colorado River Rafting

About the Colorado River

Our overnight trip on the Upper Colorado River covers fourteen river miles over two days and is inviting to people of all ages. This rare gem has been a popular escape for private rafters for years and has been considered for the coveted National Wild and Scenic River designation. The National Wild and Scenic Rivers designation was created to preserve certain rivers with outstandingly remarkable natural, cultural, and recreational value in a free-flowing condition for the enjoyment of present and future generations. This varied landscape is home to all kinds of wildlife, including bald eagles, deer, beaver, and big horn sheep, there is always something to marvel at. The Upper Colorado River is located just south of the town of Kremmling, about an hour North of our office in Silverthorne. It is convenient to all the Summit County and I-70 corridor ski areas of Keystone, Breckenridge, and Vail.

River Guides

Why Choose Us?

Our staff are here to help you from beginning to end. Whether you are working with our reservations specialists to plan and prepare for your adventure, or traveling down the river with our experienced and friendly guides, you can rest assured that Colorado Rafting Company is looking out for you. That means you can relax and enjoy the scenery, company, food, and fun on your Colorado River rafting trip.

All- Inclusive Trip Package Includes:

CRC professional river guide
Shuttle service from Silverthorne boathouse to river

Lodging (tents, sleeping bags and all camping equipment)
Two lunches, one breakfast and one gourmet dinner all served riverside
All rafting/safety gear, inflatable kayaks and SUP’s
Campsite games

Trip Package Does Not Include:

Clothing (See recommended gear under Trip Planning)
Insurance (Trip or Rescue)
Gratuity

Colorado River Rafting Guides

About Your Guides

Our staff are here to help you from beginning to end. Whether you are working with our reservations specialists to plan and prepare for your adventure, or traveling down the river with our experienced, certified, and friendly guides, you can rest assured that Colorado Rafting Company is looking out for you. We pride ourselves in maintaining a smaller operation where we can provide truly intimate Colorado adventures where we call you by your name and not just a number. Our Colorado River rafting guides are highly trained, experienced, and certified by the State. That means you can relax and enjoy the scenery, company, food, and fun on your Colorado River rafting trip.

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What is the best time of year to go rafting on the Colorado River?

This depends on what you’re interested in. If big, exciting water is what your group is looking for, then high-water season is the best time. Mid-June to early July is traditionally the high-water season. When rivers run at their peak, it can make for a big ride. Keep in mind some sections may close due to high water conditions. Most people enjoy a normal run off-season, which is mid-May to late-August. Water levels and weather are very unpredictable, so book a date that best suits the group and be prepared for the unexpected. There really is no bad time to go white water rafting in Colorado.

Is there an age limit to raft on the Colorado River?

Yes. We have an age limit of 5 years old for the Colorado River trips. During times of high water, we typically bump the age limit to 7 years old. For all stand up paddleboard and inflatable kayaks the age limit is 12 years old.

Do I need to know how to swim to go rafting?

Nope! Except for advanced and expert trips, you can go white water rafting even if you can’t swim. Each person will be fitted with a Type-V Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device (life jacket) to be worn while on the river at all times. This life jacket is designed to float the wearer on his/her back with his/her head out of the water. Guests are instructed on the proper use of this life jacket in a safety orientation talk before departure. It does help to have some knowledge of swimming, especially in some of the more aggressive sections.

Should we tip our guide?

Our guides make a base wage similar to a bartender or wait person. General guidelines for tipping would be the same as for a bartender or a waitperson (15-20%). If you do believe in tipping, and the guide has proven to do a great job, it is a nice way to express your appreciation but only if you feel you had a safe, fun, and informative experience. If you did not have a pleasurable and adequate experience, we would appreciate it if you would please bring it to the attention of our management. Feedback and letters from our guests are greatly appreciated and helps us maintain the highest standard of customer service and appreciation.

What should I wear on a river trip?

Avoid cotton clothing, as it tends to get wet and stay wet – not to mention taking valuable warmth from your body’s surface. For rafting, bathing suits and shorts are recommended with comfortable, secure footwear. While not required, we do provide wetsuits, splash jackets, and booties at no additional charge. This equipment isn’t mandatory but it is designed to keep you warm. Towels are best kept in your vehicles at the office and don’t do you much good on the river because there is no way to keep them dry. For rafting and other activities your best bet would be materials such as wool, polypro, fleece, micro fleece, polyester, waterproof jackets, and any other outdoor material that dries fast. There is limited space on the rafts, so you should limit what you bring to what you can wear. Personal flotation devices (PFDs) are included with all rafting adventures and helmets on all Blue River trips. If you have any questions please give us a call and we can give you information so that you know what to expect and can plan accordingly.

Is whitewater rafting dangerous?

All our guides go through extensive training, basic first aid, CPR, and all river guides are certified by the state of Colorado. Rafting is an adventure sport and involves a degree of risk on the part of the participant. Although we take precautions to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable trip, we cannot be responsible for lost or damaged articles and/or personal injury. It is important for the group to choose a trip within their entire group’s limits. Colorado Rafting Company/Colorado Adventure Guides is committed to the safety of our guests. Due to the inherently dangerous nature of some outdoor recreation activities in the backcountry, all participants are required to acknowledge these risks by reading and signing a liability waiver prior to trip departure. All participants under the age of 18 must have a liability/health history waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. In addition to this form, the health history questionnaire must be filled out for each participant. All information submitted is completely confidential; it is for the guide’s use and would only be shared in the event of an emergency with medical and/or rescue personnel directly caring for the guest. It is Colorado Adventure Guides’ policy that all Emergency Contacts be a person over the age of 18 and not participating in the same guided trip or course.

What should we bring on our river trip?

For river trips you will want to bring a few towels to leave in your car; you’ll be happy to have something to dry off with after your adventure. Bring a change of dry clothes to leave in your car. Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, sunglass straps and hats that protect from the sun, and a camera to document the amazing memories. Bring water for pre-rafting and post-rafting hydration.. Remember, you’re in the Colorado Rockies, and it’s important to stay hydrated! We also suggest bringing cash to tip your guide. Please see our equipment lists for other activity specific gear.

Do we go rafting it it is raining?

The weather in the Colorado Rocky Mountains is very unpredictable and varies from mile to mile and minute to minute. Colorado averages over 300 days of sunshine a year. The odds are, the weather will be good. We run our outdoor activities in all weather conditions, rain or shine, and have gear available to help keep you comfortable, even in the worst conditions. Wetsuits, neoprene booties, and splash tops can really make a big difference and make your trip a pleasurable one. Don’t forget, you’re going to get wet rafting, even on the sunniest of days. Weather is not a cause for cancellation.

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