Where to Go Whitewater Rafting in Colorado During Fall

family rafting on the colorado river

Most Colorado rivers rely on snowmelt. After the snow has melted, mostly in June and July, we are left with natural flows. As we move into the fall season in Colorado and start to anticipate the snow, raft-able water becomes scarce. While the cold weather prevents a lot of rafting in the state, there is still one option for you to go whitewater rafting in Colorado in the fall. 

The Colorado River

The Upper Colorado River is near the headwaters of the same Colorado River that runs through the Grand Canyon! At almost 1,500 miles long, it’s the 5th longest river in the US. It’s only 7 miles longer than the Arkansas River which also flows in Colorado. The Colorado River crosses five states in the US before it enters Mexico. Because the Colorado River is controlled, we’re able to maintain higher water levels and continue rafting even into October. 

On the Upper Colorado River you can enjoy fly fishing, rafting, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. This is a gently flowing section that is fun for ages two and up. You’ll find a few small rapids, but this is a “lazy river” kind of trip where you’ll have the chance to enjoy sunbathing, swimming and relaxing. Colorado River rafting trips with Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting depart twice per day in the fall so you can choose morning or afternoon. The trips begin in Kremmling, running from Pumphouse to Radium with a free lunch included with the morning ½ day Scenic Float. 

 

landscape photo of the upper colorado river

 

WHAT TO PACK FOR A FALL RAFTING TRIP ON THE UPPER COLORADO RIVER

Colorado fall weather can be unpredictable. The day of your trip could see weather anywhere from 70 degrees with sun and blue skies to 30 degrees with snow. It’s good to be prepared for any type of weather when you go rafting through the Colorado Rockies in the fall. 

  • Sunscreen and sunglasses (with a strap) are a must. Even with lower temperatures, the sun is strong at this elevation. 
  • Wear Nylon or other sport fabrics that will dry faster than cotton. Cotton will get wet and stay wet, making you cold. 
  • Make sure your shoes are securely attached to your feet, so no flip-flops, Crocs or bare feet. Water socks or an old pair of tennis shoes that you don’t mind getting wet will be perfect. You may choose to wear adventure sandals (with a strap on the back,) but be aware that you might want more coverage for your feet with colder autumn temperatures. 
  • Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting provides wetsuits and splash jackets free of charge.

 

a group of rafters splashing into a rapid on the upper colorado river

 

GUIDED RAFTING TRIPS ON THE COLORADO RIVER THIS FALL 

½ Day Scenic Float Trip 

Come raft with us in the morning or afternoon, your choice! This is approximately a 4-hour time commitment starting at either 8:30 AM or 1:00 PM with 2-3 hours on the water. View trip here. 

Full Day Scenic Float Trip 

Make the most of your trip to Kremmling with a full day of rafting on the beautiful Colorado River. This is an 8-hour time commitment and you’ll get to spend up to 5 hours on the water. You’ll also get to eat a riverside lunch. View trip here. 

Inflatable Kayaks and Stand-Up Paddleboards 

If you’re looking to make your Class II trip more exciting, our inflatable kayaks or stand up paddleboards are the way to go.  

Rafting is a fun adventure all the way into October with Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting. The whole family is welcome on this trip (ages 2 and up.) Come enjoy the beautiful fall colors and Colorado wildlife with us. We’ll see you soon! 

 

About the Author

Tiffany W.

Tiffany is a contributing member of the Sales & Marketing department. She resides in Georgetown, CO with her fiancé and two 14-year-old dogs. They like to go for walks along Clear Creek and Georgetown Lake as well as the hiking trail located just behind the house. She also enjoys true crime podcasts and visiting with her parents up in Fort Collins.