Whitewater Rafting Options for Fall
September 10th, 2014
Days are getting shorter, the crisp autumn air is slowly creeping in, and leaves are starting to change..but never fear, you can still get your whitewater rafting fix! With lower temperatures water levels typically drop, making many of the rivers un-runnable here in Colorado. However, there are still several locations where the rivers are flowing where we can get you rafting and down the river!
Clear Creek River
Our Clear Creek Rafting trips currently rafts part of the Gold Rush section, a class II-III section, where it then moves into the Lower Canyon, typically a class IV-V, however with the low water levels the section is running at a class III. The age minimum for this trip is 8 years old. We offer this trip in the morning at 9am and in the afternoon at 1pm. Located in Idaho Springs, with close proximity to Idaho Springs, this trip is perfect for a nice day adventure! If you pair rafting with ziplining you will have a full day of adventure!
This class III trips takes place in the beautiful Glenwood Springs, Colorado. The Shoshone has the longest season out of any of the rivers in Colorado. Rafting through the majestic Glenwood Canyon and accommodating children as young as 5 years old, this trip is perfect for families!
Royal Gorge & Bighorn Sheep Canyon
Rafting on the Arkansas River and taking place in Canon City, these two trips run at a class III-IV and II-III respectively, and offer tons of scenic beauty! The Royal Gorge age minimum is 15 years old and 6 for the Bighorn Sheep Canyon. While the Royal Gorge offers a little more intensity than the Bighorn Sheep Canyon, the Bighorn Sheep Canyon is perfect for all rafting abilities.
Located in the southwest corner of Colorado, the Lower Animas section is still running at a solid class II. Located in Durango, it is a bit of hike to get to, but pair rafting with a trip to Mesa Verde National Park and you will have one awesome adventure!
Just because the temperatures are cooling down doesn’t mean we’re not rafting! There are still a plenty of rivers in various areas of Colorado that offer rafting opportunities galore. The Clear Creek, the Shoshone, Royal Gorge, Bighorn Sheep Canyon, and Animas River all have rafting trips that are perfect for any level of skill or experience, so grab a paddle and get rafting before the season is really over!