Colorado is known just as much for it’s incredible whitewater rafting in the summer as it is for it’s world class skiing in the winter. If you haven’t had the pleasure to paddle through the rapids in this colorful state yet, it should definitely be added to your bucket list this year. Depending on where you’re staying, there are plenty of rafting opportunities in close quarters. Check out these rivers you should venture down this summer.
Near the Denver Area
Cache la Poudre
West of Fort Collins, the beautiful Poudre River is the only designated “wild and scenic” river in the state of Colorado. Though the river flows through the college town of Fort Collins, it’s rapids don’t fire up until you get into the foothills. Class II to V rapids carve through granite cliffs make this river perfect for different skill levels.
Situated a little further south of the Poudre off of I-70, Clear Creek is another novice to advanced stretch of whitewater and is extremely popular for those looking for an afternoon getaway into the mountains.
For the Families
The mighty and majestic Colorado River is one of those flowing year round, so snow melt doesn’t really matter when it comes to rafting here. However, you may reconsider paddling here in the middle of January without the correct winter rafting gear. On the other hand, the summers in the Kremmling area are gorgeous, and the Upper C has scenic floats allowing all ages of adventurers aboard. If you want more intense rapids, Gore Canyon attracts thrill seekers from all over to attempt it’s Class V rapids.
Get Out There
The Arkansas River
The most popular whitewater in the country is nestled just outside of Buena Vista in the heart of the Arkansas River Valley. Whether you want to raft through the National Monument of Browns Canyon, the Class IV continuous rapids of the Numbers, or take on the exhilarating waves of Pine Creek, the Arkansas River is a great destination. Hosting more than 190,000 rafters last year, the Ark is sought out by all types of athletes.
Grab and inflatable kayak or some stand-up paddle boards and float along the scenic Gunnison River.The lower Gunnison River is the only way to access the Escalante and Dominguez. The wilderness float follows the gentle ripples of the lower Gunnison below the popular Gunnison Gorge. The Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area is one of Colorado’s quietest corners, with few travelers and abundant wildlife.
You really have such a huge choice of where you’d like to raft, so access your group and take your pick! This summer will be one you’ll never forget if you take a rafting trip, Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting can guarantee that.