White Water Rafting near Denver

Rafting Near Denver

Whitewater Rafting near Denver

Colorful Colorado… does it get much better? Welcome to the land of great adventure. Mountain biking? Check. Rock climbing? Check. World-class skiing? Check. Whitewater rafting? DOUBLE CHECK! Colorado is home to some of the best whitewater rafting in the world. No matter where you are in the state, you are no more than a stone’s throw away from world-class rafting. Down in Colorado Springs? Head to the Royal Gorge. Spending some time in Fort Collins? The Poudre River is sure to offer excitement. What about Denver? Denver is conveniently located in the center of our great state. There are almost too many options for whitewater rafting near Denver, however, these are the best destinations and their distance from Denver.

Rafting near DenverClear Creek in Idaho Springs | 30 minutes

The #1 destination for white water rafting near Denver is in the historic mining town of Idaho Springs. Located just 30 minutes west down I-70 from the hustle-and-bustle of downtown Denver, Clear Creek offers trips for every experience desired. Got some younger kids who want to hit the rapids? No problem! The class III section of Clear Creek runs straight through town and accommodates kids as young as 6-years old! Looking to take it to the extreme? The Lower Canyon of Clear Creek promises thrills to the craziest of adrenaline-junkies with exciting class V rapids!

Blue River in Silverthorne | 1.5 hours

About an hour further west than Idaho Springs is the Rocky Mountain town of Silverthorne, one of the many homes to the beautiful Blue River. Rafting the Blue River promises incredible views of the Gore Range and some excitement through class III rapids. The Blue River Express trip is great for families and first-timers looking to get their feet wet (pun intended). Spend 2 – 3 hours (water level dependent) cruising through breathtaking Rocky Mountain scenery!

Cache la Poudre River in Fort Collins | 1.5 hours

Just an hour and a half north of Denver lies the Cache la Poudre River. The Poudre, as its affectionately known, offers pristine wilderness and exciting whitewater. The Poudre is Colorado’s only river designated as “Wild and Scenic”. You can experience class III whitewater on the Lower Poudre, or head to the class IV rapids of Mishawaka Falls. Whether you decide to go for the mild Lower Poudre or the wild Mishawaka Falls, the Cache la Poudre River will provide a whitewater experience you’ll never forget.  After your trip, head up the road to the famed Rocky Mountain National Park, where you’ll be treated to even more sweeping vistas, rugged peaks, wildflowers, wildlife, and gorgeous waterfalls.

Rafting Near DenverArkansas River in Buena Vista | 2 hours

Where else can you raft through a National Monument? Browns Canyon of the Arkansas River gives you the unique opportunity to experience class III whitewater and the Browns Canyon National Monument! Head upstream a little to the Numbers section for some class IV whitewater, or keep going up to the class V excitement of Pine Creek. There is truly something for everyone down in the Arkansas Valley of Buena Vista. Looking for the true Colorado experience? Then you have to check out the overnight rafting trips available on the Arkansas River. Just when you thought it (rafting) couldn’t get any better, you get to pull your boat to a riverside camping spot, enjoy a delicious meal cooked up by your guide and spend the night under the stars (or in one of the provided tents!) of a National Monument. Wrap it all up with some bighorn sheep sightings, and it doesn’t get more Colorado than that!

Colorado River in Kremmling | 2 hours

Near and dear to our hearts as the namesake river of our fine state, the Colorado River is not to be missed. The Colorado River in Kremmling has two faces: the calm, scenic float and the toughest whitewater in North America. Kids as young as 2-years-old can head out rafting on the Colorado River on our scenic float trips, while you must be at least 15-years-old to head out on the toughest whitewater in North America, Gore Canyon. To take a trip down the raucous Gore Canyon, you must pass a series of tests, including a practice swim through a class III rapid, a flip drill, and be able to get back into the boat on your own. If that’s not your cup of tea, the float trips offer incredible scenery, a stop by Jump Rock, chances to SUP and kayak, and overnight options. Either way, the Colorado River will steal your heart!


Ready to rafting near Denver? Need a bit more information? Give us a call at 877-RAFTING (877-723-8464).