If you’re heading to Summit County this year, you’re sure to have an endless option of activities to dive into while visiting the mountains. Summer brings some of the best mountain biking in the Rockies, as well as beautiful hikes, fly fishing, golfing, and one of the most popular past times: whitewater rafting. Whether you’re staying in Breckenridge, Frisco, Keystone, or Dillon, rivers to raft are just a stones throw away. Check out these spots this summer and enjoy some time navigating some of the best whitewater in the country.
The Blue River
First and foremost, the Blue River is the only commercially rafted river in the 619 square mile county. Situated along the Continental Divide, many rivers headwaters start close to Summit County but aren’t raft-able until the water flows pick up. The Blue River, however, runs through the heart of Breckenridge and Silverthorne and is fed from snowmelt along the south end of the Tenmile Range. Heading west through Silverthorne, the Blue picks up and makes for some great milder rapids fit for the whole family. If you’re on the hunt for just a few hour getaway, the Blue River is located right in Summit County and the short stretch of whitewater will make a perfect, quick adventure.
The Arkansas River
Looking for a true Colorado whitewater experience? The notorious Arkansas River has the most popular rafted stretch of whitewater in the country: the National Monument of Brown’s Canyon. You’ll also have the option of stepping your game up with Class IV and Class V rapids through the Arkansas River Valley. Your views will be of the breathtaking 14,000 feet plus Collegiate Peaks and you can enjoy time exploring the Buena Vista area after your rafting trip. Breckenridge Whitewater also offers multiple overnight excursions on the Arkansas River, where your guide will cook you meals and set camp up each night while you sit back and reflect on your day on the water. Breckenridge Whitewater’s Buena Vista outpost is just an hour away from Summit County, and the drive will go by quick since you’ll be gazing at the surrounding mountain vistas the entire time.
The Colorado River
Fun for the whole family awaits along the Colorado River in Kremmling. It’s another hour drive, but yields similar beautiful roads through the Rocky Mountains. The Colorado River is mild and scenic, and you can choose different lengths of adventures from a half-day float to a multi-day excursion in the backcountry. If your teenager doesn’t seem very keen on a calmer float, Breckenridge Whitewater also offers inflatable kayak and stand up paddle board rentals. This change in rafting equipment will make the rapids seem much bigger and they’ll be able to navigate the way around the river alongside the crew in the raft.
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