When is the best time to go rafting in Breckenridge, Colorado?

Almost all rivers in Colorado get their water from snowmelt and the peak season for the snow to be melting off the most is mid-June. Again, depending on what river and what section you are on has a different peak season, some rivers all only snowmelt fed, much like Clear Creek. Meaning once most the snow has melted off the mountains, the water will be running low. Other rivers, like the Colorado and the Arkansas River, are snowmelt fed but also affected by dam released. They will release the dam to keep water at certain levels for many different reasons.

If you are staying in Breckenridge this summer and looking for a rafting trip nearby, AVA has a few options to choose from. First off the river that is going to be the closest to Breckenridge will the the Blue river.

The Blue River

We have a class 2-3 trip called Blue River Express, which is going to be north of Breckenridge 15 miles. This section of river is perfect for for anyone ages five and up. The best time to raft the Blue River is between May and the first week of September. Every section of river all has a little bit different time when they are flowing at their best.

Clear Creek

As I mentioned before, there are many different sections of rivers near Breckenridge. If you head down the mountains on I-70 towards Denver, in about 40 minutes you can do some amazing creek rafting in Idaho Springs. Clear Creek Offers milder to wilder rafting trips, from class II-V. Clear Creek’s class II-III section (Gold Rush) is much like the Blue River Express section where as there is lots of paddling and splashy rapids to go through, but also a fun atmosphere to enjoy colorful Colorado.

If you are looking for a little bit more thrill, look no further than our class IV section called Upper Clear Creek. This section of river is going to throw much more water in your face and team paddling is very important. Upper Clear Creek is a great section of river because you can be a total beginner and still tackle exciting class IV rapids. You just have to be willing to listen to you guide and a bring a great attitude! We also have a class V Lower Canyon Trip for people with at least one rafting trip experience but again, most anyone can paddle this section if you pay attention and listen to instruction.

The Upper Colorado

If you are looking for a milder trip, a float trip, Breckenridge is a great spot to be. If you travel 1 hour north of Breckenridge you will be in Kremmling, Colorado. Home of the Colorado River, where we offer some of the coolest and relaxing rafting. The Upper Colorado is a great section for families who want to float and enjoy the river. There still are some class 2 sections where we might need help with some paddling but for the most part it’s a float trip.

The Upper Colorado takes about 3 hours to float but if you want to extend you trip, you can look into doing multiday trips. Floating down an hour or so and pulling off at a campsite, where your raft guide will set up camp, cook diner, clean, and cater for you. Next day you wake up, eat breakfast and finish your rafting trip.