Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com Colorado Whitewater Rafting & Zipline Adventures for All Ages and Abilities Mon, 16 Jul 2018 18:43:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/cropped-logo-32x32.png Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com 32 32 The Difference Between Whitewater Classes and What They Mean in Colorado https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/2018/whitewater-classes-in-colorado/ Wed, 11 Jul 2018 17:56:34 +0000 https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/?p=5496 When choosing your rafting trip, finding the right class of rapids for you is essential to having a good time. Whether you are looking for an adrenaline-fueled whitewater adventure or a scenic float, a basic understanding of rapid classification is necessary. Rapids are classed from I through VI, with I being the calmest and VI ... Read More >>

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When choosing your rafting trip, finding the right class of rapids for you is essential to having a good time. Whether you are looking for an adrenaline-fueled whitewater adventure or a scenic float, a basic understanding of rapid classification is necessary. Rapids are classed from I through VI, with I being the calmest and VI being the most intense.  Here at Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting, we have a strict age limit of fifteen years old to raft rapids of Class IV or higher.

Class I Rapids

Imagine a bathtub, with a gentle breeze coming through the window. The rivers that we raft do not feature long sections as calm as this. This class of rapid is great for floating on inner tubes or for a relaxing day on some kayaks.  There aren’t any trips that Breckenridge Whitewater runs labeled Class I.

Class II Rapids

These rapids consist of easy waves up to three feet high. Our floats on the Upper Colorado and Gold Rush trips have this type of whitewater and are great for families with younger children, or people who may simply be looking for a more relaxing trip. Some small maneuvers may be required on Class II rapids to avoid smaller boulders. Don’t stop here, the fun is just getting started!

Class III Rapids

Our Browns Canyon trips consistently have Class III rapids. This level of rapids is great for families looking to step up the adrenaline levels a bit but may still have children under fifteen. Waves reach up to four feet high and river passages narrow, forcing more difficult maneuvers from guides and henceforth more paddling from guests. These are the kind of rapids that people typically picture when the words ‘white water’ are mentioned. And they only get bigger from here.

Whitewater Rapids

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Class IV Rapids

Bigger, faster, longer, and more difficult to navigate. The drops will send your heart racing and the continuous rapids will keep you sweating the whole stretch of river. Guests on Class IV must be able to swim and have to be in athletic shape. Experience rafting is not necessary, but just be prepared for the roller coaster of adrenaline that you are getting yourself into. The Numbers on the Arkansas River and Upper Clear Creek each feature Class IV rapids and are perfect for those ready to take that next step.

Class V Rapids

The Gnarliest of the gnar. Waterfalls, rainbows, and plenty of obstacles. In a sentence, Class V trips are intense and once you finish the rapids you and your raft will feel the biggest sense of accomplishment.  Strong swimming skills, rafting experience, and a good fitness level are all required to run Class V rapids.  Check out the Pine Creek section of the Arkansas River and Lower Canyon section of the Clear Creek if you’re up for the challenge.

Class VI Rapids

Class VI rapids are only classified as such until somebody has successfully run them. These are for certified professionals only; no commercial outfitters run Class VI rapids. Fun fact: Niagara Falls has been classified as a Class V since people have gone over the falls in a barrel, so you can only imagine the intensity of a Class VI.

Niagara Falls

Who’s ready for some great whitewater?  We may be passed high water season, but there’s plenty of river to venture out on still.  Call Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting today and get your rafting trip booked!

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Breckenridge’s Summer Beer Festival 2018 is THIS WEEKEND! https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/2018/breckenridges-summer-beer-festival-2018/ Wed, 04 Jul 2018 16:54:20 +0000 https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/?p=5489 It’s the best time of the year in the Colorado Rockies, and with all the events and activities to take part in over the next few weeks you’re in for a treat if you’re headed to the high country.  Breckenridge’s Main Street is already packed to the brim this week for 4th of July festivities, ... Read More >>

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It’s the best time of the year in the Colorado Rockies, and with all the events and activities to take part in over the next few weeks you’re in for a treat if you’re headed to the high country.  Breckenridge’s Main Street is already packed to the brim this week for 4th of July festivities, but one of our favorite events in town takes place this weekend: the Breckenridge Summer Beer Festival.  Here’s what you can expect if you’re heading to the area for some craft brews and great music.

When is the event?

The Breckenridge Summer Beer Festival is this Saturday, July 7th.

Where is the event?

It’s located at a new spot this year, so head higher up Beaver Run to the Copper Top Plaza area for a great time.

How many breweries are attending?

There will be over 40 breweries showing off their products this year.  If you buy tickets in advance, the first hour of the event is set aside for taste testing before all other general admission attendees arrive.  You may strongly consider this due to the amount of great participants in the event.

Can kids come to the beer festival?

Your kids can absolutely attend with you, just no strong beverages for them.  Keep in mind that the event gets crowded as well.

What else can I expect at the event?

The day is jam-packed with fun, including live music and delicious food.  Enjoy some karaoke or one of the three bands that will be showing off their skills on stage.  There will also be a plethora of food vendors on site so you’ll have your pick of what grub you want to grab throughout the afternoon.

What other activities can I do while in Breckenridge?

Good question, and Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting has all of the answers.  The rafting season on the Blue River is over, but if you’re willing to get just an hour out of town you open the door for a lot of options.  Our Buena Vista outpost is just an hour south of Summit County and still has some incredible rapids on the Arkansas River as well as a multitude of other activities including ziplining, Via Ferrata, rock climbing, and more.  Head east toward the Denver area and stop at our Idaho Springs outpost for a couple aerial adventures or all levels of whitewater on Clear Creek.  If you want to make a weekend out of it, the Colorado River runs along our Kremming location and has some great overnight trips that are family friendly, along with horseback riding and fly fishing as well.

Colorado Rafting Trips

You have plenty of options to make this weekend one to remember.  Call Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting today for more information and to set up your couple days of adventure.

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These Colorado Rivers are Still Perfect for Rafting in July 2018 https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/2018/these-colorado-rivers-are-still-perfect-for-rafting-in-july-2018/ Fri, 29 Jun 2018 18:03:26 +0000 https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/?p=5485 We may be past high water season, but there’s still plenty of time on the river to be spent.  The greatest parts about rafting post-high water are the scenic views you get to enjoy and the warm summer days in the Rocky Mountains.  Here’s where you should head during the month of July to enjoy ... Read More >>

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We may be past high water season, but there’s still plenty of time on the river to be spent.  The greatest parts about rafting post-high water are the scenic views you get to enjoy and the warm summer days in the Rocky Mountains.  Here’s where you should head during the month of July to enjoy a bit of whitewater and a lot of fun.

Arkansas River

One of our favorites and also a crowd favorite across the country, the Arkansas River is home to the most popular stretch of whitewater that is rafted in America as well as breathtaking views of the Collegiate Peaks and the Arkansas River Valley.  You’ll have just over an hour drive through the Rocky Mountains to get to our Buena Vista outpost, but the views along the way will make your jaw drop.

Browns Canyon

As mentioned before, it’s the most popular stretch of whitewater in the country and it’s also a beautiful area.  This National Monument is home to Class III rapids that will keep you on your toes and a smile on your face.

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The Numbers

These Class IV rapids will have your heart pumping as you navigate along the Arkansas River.  The flows are still ideal and will challenge you and your group the perfect amount.

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Pine Creek

If you’ve had Class V rapids on your to-do list for some time, right now is the perfect opportunity to take them on.  When high water hits every season, there are certain rapids on Pine Creek that aren’t safe to run.  If you raft this advanced whitewater in the next few weeks you won’t have to portage around these sections and you’ll be able to run the whole thing.

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Whitewater Raft Colorado

Colorado River

If you’re searching for a family adventure in Colorado, the scenic float along this majestic river welcomes kids as young as 2 years old with a minimum weight of 30 pounds.  Make a weekend of it by taking on 24 Hours or 3 Days on the Upper Colorado.  The best part about the Colorado River is the size and depth of it’s channels, and since it’s so big it has a much longer season than other rivers in the state.

Plan your adventure with Breckenridge Whitewater today!  If you book online, you can save 10% with promo code ONLINE10 and set your group up for an excursion in the Rocky Mountains.

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5 Great Activities You Can Pair with a Colorado Rafting Adventure https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/2018/rafting-adventure-packages/ Fri, 22 Jun 2018 15:24:49 +0000 https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/?p=5480 When in Colorado, one must get out on the river!  The popular past time of whitewater rafting sweeps the state every summer, and locals and visitors come together each year to take on the rapids.  However, Colorado has a lot more to offer than the most amazing whitewater in the country.  Check out these five ... Read More >>

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When in Colorado, one must get out on the river!  The popular past time of whitewater rafting sweeps the state every summer, and locals and visitors come together each year to take on the rapids.  However, Colorado has a lot more to offer than the most amazing whitewater in the country.  Check out these five activities you can combo with your rafting trip and make your time in Colorado one to remember.

Ziplining

To be honest, ziplining gives you incredible views of the Colorado Rockies without the long trek up the mountains.  Many like to hike their way up or climb to 14,000+ foot summits, but you can catch similar views and bring the whole family on a ziplining excursion.  Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting has plenty of Raft + Zip packages… check them out!

Horseback Riding

Horseback riding is another awesome adventure that you can add to a rafting trip. Ranging from 1 to 4 hours in length, these trips will have you venturing through the backcountry via horseback after you navigated some whitewater.  One of the most popular adventure packages with Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting is our Saddle and Paddle.  Book one today!

 

Colorado Horseback Ride

Via Ferrata

The ultimate aerial adventure is here, and we call it the Via Ferrata.  It’s kind of like ziplining, then add on some traversing the cliffside, rock climbing, rappelling, and a combination of mountaineering activities.  If you’ve been ziplining before, this is your next step.  And when you pair it with rafting, you’re set up for an awesome day in the mountains.

Zipline Colorado

Rock Climbing

Have you ever been interested in trying your hand navigating the rock face, but you don’t have the means to do so?  Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting will set you up with all the gear and knowledge you need for a successful rock climbing mission.  If you’ve already spent your fair share of time on the rock face, tell your guide and they will direct you to a more difficult pitch.

 

Fly Fishing

The last adventure that goes great with rafting is fly fishing.  Float down the Colorado River on one of Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting’s 4 hour tours.  Our experienced guides know exactly where the trout are biting.  We can’t guarantee that you’ll catch a monster, but we promise you’ll have a great morning on the river.

You can venture just over an hour from Breckenridge to indulge in all of these adventures.  Book your action-packed day with Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting today!  Don’t miss some of our current deals, either.

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Make the Most of Your Colorado Adventure With a Saddle & Paddle https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/2018/saddle-and-paddle-adventures/ Thu, 14 Jun 2018 15:29:28 +0000 https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/?p=5473 Looking for a memorable adventure for you and your family? Or maybe you are on the hunt for a unique date idea for you and your plus one? Breckenridge Whitewater has the perfect answer for either of these questions: the almighty Saddle & Paddle. What could be better than venturing through the backcountry via horseback ... Read More >>

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Looking for a memorable adventure for you and your family? Or maybe you are on the hunt for a unique date idea for you and your plus one? Breckenridge Whitewater has the perfect answer for either of these questions: the almighty Saddle & Paddle. What could be better than venturing through the backcountry via horseback followed by paddling through some rapids?  That’s right, nothing.  Here’s everything you need to know about our Saddle & Paddle adventure.

First Things First, the Saddle

To start your day, you will embark on the journey with our trusty partner, the Rusty Spurr.  Anyone as young as 7 years old can participate in the Saddle and Paddle! The Rusty Spurr has rides available for everyone beginner, intermediate & expert riders anybody and everybody will love this relaxing way to explore the Colorado Rockies.  After catching the nice morning breeze Rusty Spurr provides it’s customers with a delicious hamburger lunch. You will not have to travel more than 5 minutes for lunch and it’s savory.

Then the Paddle

After that delectable lunch we will get you ready to rock and roll with our whitewater rafting in Kremmling, Colorado.  You’ll meet your friendly guides for the day and get fitted with the perfect wetsuit and gear for the river.  The stretch of whitewater Breckenridge Rafting runs on the Colorado River is mild and splashy, but still creates fun for the whole family.  Class II rapids will still get everyone paddling, but you’ll also have the chance to sit back and enjoy the incredible views surrounding you.
Ride like a cowboy from the wild wild west and test your skills on our whitewater rafting trip on the Upper Colorado. Looking for a real Colorado experience? You’ve found it!  The best part is we package everything for you.  No need to call multiple companies to line up your action-packed time in Colorado, Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting will take care of all that.
Book a Saddle and Paddle today for a great Colorado adventure!

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The Best Colorado Whitewater Rafting Deals this June https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/2018/the-best-colorado-whitewater-rafting-deals-this-june/ Thu, 07 Jun 2018 23:45:31 +0000 https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/?p=5470 With the rafting season heating up, there are plenty of ways you can save on your whitewater excursion this June!  Check out some of these great deals with Breckenridge Whitewater and get out on the river today. Happy Hour on Clear Creek Buy One Get One 1/2 Off your evening Clear Creek adventures with this ... Read More >>

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With the rafting season heating up, there are plenty of ways you can save on your whitewater excursion this June!  Check out some of these great deals with Breckenridge Whitewater and get out on the river today.

Happy Hour on Clear Creek

Buy One Get One 1/2 Off your evening Clear Creek adventures with this Happy Hour special.

  • Upper Clear Creek | 5:40 PM
  • Gold Rush | 6:00 PM

Use HAPPYHOUR18 to take advantage of these deals.

Early Bird Specials on Clear Creek

Buy One Get One 1/2 Off your morning Clear Creek rafting trips and start your day off right!

  • Upper Clear Creek | 8:00 AM
  • Gold Rush | 8:30 AM

Use EARLYBIRD18 for this discount.

The Best Parts of Rafting Clear Creek

If you’ve never been to this great stretch of whitewater in Colorado before, you’re missing out!  It’s just over 30 minutes west of the Denver area and runs along the historic mining town of Idaho Springs.  You’ll get to enjoy incredible views and battle some top notch whitewater along the way, then jump just a quarter mile over from our outpost to downtown Idaho Springs for exquisite food and perfect memorabilia shops.

Colorado Rafting

Head to Buena Vista and the Arkansas River

Be sure to head on down to Buena Vista and check out all of the awesome deals that are going there. While it might not be as close to Denver than Idaho Springs is, it’s where true Colorado adventures begin.  The milder Class III Browns Canyon stretch on the Arkansas River is the most popular whitewater trip in the country and was also named a national monument by former president Barrack Obama.

15% off Full Day Rafting Trips

Not only can you use this one on the Arkansas River, but head to Kremmling for a full day float along the scenic Colorado River.

Use promo code 15FULLDAY to redeem.

50% off Rafting on Raft + Zip and Raft + Via Ferrata Packages

Plan an action-packed day with your crew and get 50% off the rafting portion of your adventure.  What could be better than spending the morning on the cliffside then cruising through whitewater to wrap up your afternoon?  The answer is nothing.

Promo code: 50RAFT18

Colorado River Rafting

Half Priced Kids on the Upper Colorado River

On the hunt for an adventure with your kids?  The Upper Colorado River is perfect for ages 2 years old and up.  If all generations of your family are joining together this weekend, consider a trip along the Upper Colorado River.  The breathtaking views and mild but splashy rapids will have everyone smiling from ear to ear.

With all these awesome deals it’s going to be hard not partake in all the outdoor adventures Colorado has to offer right now.  Plan your June activities today with Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting to take advantage of these great prices!

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The Lowdown on the Blue River in Summit County, Colorado https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/2018/the-lowdown-on-the-blue-river-in-summit-county-colorado/ Thu, 31 May 2018 00:32:55 +0000 https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/?p=5465 Fish, raft, hike, or whatever your heart desires right in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  The Blue River illustrates the beauty of Colorado in all sorts of activities.  The Blue River is the only commercially rafted river in Summit County, and you’ll see plenty of fisherman set up in the waders along the ... Read More >>

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Fish, raft, hike, or whatever your heart desires right in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  The Blue River illustrates the beauty of Colorado in all sorts of activities.  The Blue River is the only commercially rafted river in Summit County, and you’ll see plenty of fisherman set up in the waders along the water in Silverthorne.

Fishing the Blue River

Starting at Dillon Reservoir and going all the way to Kremmling, you will find some of the best fish in the area. This stretch of water has an incredible abundance of fish and is considered Gold Medal Water.  To be recognized as Gold Medal Water, rivers must meet the requirement of 60 pounds of trout per acre, and at least twelve 14” or larger trout per acre.

Types of Fish You Will Catch in the Blue River

  • Lake Trout
  • Wiper Fish
  • Brook Trout
  • Brown Trout
  • Northern Pike
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Cutthroat Trout
  • Kokanee Salmon
  • Large Mouth Bass
  • Mountain Whitefish

Rafting the Blue River

If you’re spending some time in Colorado this summer, you can’t miss out on the popular past time of whitewater rafting.  The Blue River yields family friendly rapids that are mild enough for all generations of adventurers to enjoy, but will keep you on your toes and have everyone paddling together and gawking at the breathtaking surrounding mountain vistas.

Facts About the Blue River

The Blue River is 65 miles of length and beauty. The headwaters being at the southern end of the Tenmile Range in Summit County and flow through the center of the popular mountain towns as it makes it’s way down the west side of the Continental Divide toward Kremmling, Colorado.  It’s pretty remarkable how much the river builds if you look at the comparison of size and flow between the towns of Breckenridge and Silverthorne, and the river is fed from snowmelt in the surrounding areas.  Due to the lower snowpack over the 2017-2018 winter season, the Blue River may have a shorter rafting season due to the size of the river in the first place.  Not to worry, there are plenty of incredible stretches of whitewater within an hour of Summit County that you can raft, so you have to miss out if you miss this rafting window.

 

Fun Snippets

  • An acre foot is an acre of water one foot deep, or 325,851 gallons.
  • Groundwater return flows to streams to contribute about a quarter of the total surface flow.
  • Most of the annual stream flow results from snow melt during the springtime.
  • Major snowfall typically occurs January through April in Summit County.
  • The Blue River Stream is a gravel-filled class 2 fly fishing stream.
  • If the Blue River is over 1,800 CFS, it will be closed because of the proximity rafters would have to the bridges.

Interested in rafting the Blue River?  Call Breckenridge Whitewater today!

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Where to Raft Near Summit County, Colorado https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/2018/where-to-raft-near-summit-county-colorado/ Wed, 23 May 2018 21:54:05 +0000 https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/?p=5456 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 ... Read More >>

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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.

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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.

Colorado River Rafting

Check out our current adventure discounts and get your rafting trip booked today!

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Everything You Need to Know About the Colorado River https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/2018/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-colorado-river/ Thu, 17 May 2018 21:08:35 +0000 https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/?p=5447 One of the most famous rivers in the country, and also the fifth longest in America, is the mighty Colorado River.  Covering 1,450 miles in length, the Colorado flows through seven states in the United States. The Colorado River has been carving one of the seven wonders of the world for over six million years. ... Read More >>

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One of the most famous rivers in the country, and also the fifth longest in America, is the mighty Colorado River.  Covering 1,450 miles in length, the Colorado flows through seven states in the United States. The Colorado River has been carving one of the seven wonders of the world for over six million years. The Grand Canyon varies in width from rim to rim throughout the length of itself, ranging from ten to fifteen miles. Before reaching the Grand Canyon, this river originates in the Rocky Mountains in the La Poudre Pass Lake. The starting point is over 9,000 feet in altitude. It then slowly runs down south west until being meet by its biggest tributary the Gunnison River in Grand Junction. The Colorado River is one of the ten oldest rivers in the world. The first proper exploration of the river was done by John Wesley Powell in the 1870.  Colorado River at Horseshoe Bend

The Colorado river begins at La Poudre Pass in the south end of the Rocky Mountains located in Colorado. The river then continues to run west below one of the largest natural lakes in the state, Grand Lake. It picks up the pace and strength as it the tributaries start their way into the river. The Blue, Eagle and Roaring Forks are some of the first to make an appearance to flow into the Colorado. The Colorado river runs into the Gulf of California making its way into Mexico and the Pacific Ocean. Though snow melt does affect the Colorado River, it flows year round due to it’s deep, wide channels.

Rafting the Colorado River

Fun Facts About the Colorado River

  1. One of the first settlers beside the Colorado River Basin are said to have been the Paleo-Indians, who belonged to the Clovis and other cultures. They are estimated to have landed up at this location over 12,000 years ago.
  2. The Colorado River is rafted by around 22,000 people a year.
  3. The Grand Canyon is one of the most popular places each year to raft and is considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the Worldfor rafters to nab a permit.
  4. The Colorado River is scattered with various classes of whitewater. Near Kremmling, Colorado, plenty of Class II rapids will keep you floating among the scenic mountains and having a great time.  This river quickly turning into a Class V Gore Canyon, which is a very well-known section of the Colorado for it’s intense and ripping rapids.

The Colorado River is a great sight to see if you’re heading to the colorful state this summer.  Feel like a rafting trip?  Breckenridge Whitewater has got you covered.  Kremmling is located just under an hour away from Summit County, and with float trips from just a few hours in the morning to multiple days in the Rockies, we have an adventure for everyone.

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What is Spring Weather in Breckenridge, Colorado Like? https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/2018/what-is-spring-weather-in-breckenridge-colorado-like/ Wed, 09 May 2018 00:21:26 +0000 https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/?p=5441 As I sit here on a 55 degree and sunny evening in the beautiful town of Breckenridge, I think back to when it was snowing huge powdery flakes just a week ago.  Breckenridge is quite confusing when it comes to spring weather.  One day you’ll be sitting on the shores of Lake Dillon with a ... Read More >>

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As I sit here on a 55 degree and sunny evening in the beautiful town of Breckenridge, I think back to when it was snowing huge powdery flakes just a week ago.  Breckenridge is quite confusing when it comes to spring weather.  One day you’ll be sitting on the shores of Lake Dillon with a tank top and shorts on, the next you’re considering skiing up Loveland Pass to catch a few last ski turns of the season.  I guess what I’m trying to say is, pack for every type of weather as it can change in an instant in the Rocky Mountains.

On average, you’ll probably catch more sunshine and warm rays on spring days in the high country, but even if your day starts off on a good foot you can find yourself caught in hail, rain, or even snow just a few hours later.  If you’re visiting Breckenridge this spring, here’s what you should remember to pack for your trip:

  • A Swimsuit, because when the sun’s out it can quickly become a scorcher.  After all, you’re at 9,600 feet in elevation in Breckenridge. On that note…
  • Sunscreen.  Something you never want to forget in Colorado.  Even on cloudy days, your cheeks will gradually be painted scarlet as you afternoon crawls along.  You don’t want to risk not protecting your skin up here since you’re so close to the sun.
  • Rain Jacket, since a few spotty showers are definitely not out of the picture and it will get chilly once the rain starts falling from the sky.
  • Full Body Snow Suit because maybe you’ll get caught in a snow storm and to be quite honest it wouldn’t surprise anybody.  For example, on May 18th last year, Breckenridge received a whopping 16.5 inches of fresh snow from Ullr.  It’s currently May 8th… we aren’t out of the woods yet.
  • A Wetsuit (or Drysuit). If you plan on going whitewater rafting (and you absolutely should), a wetsuit, or the even better drysuit, are essential for your trip.  Most of Colorado’s rivers run off of snowmelt, so the water will be cold.  Lucky for you, if you choose to raft with Breckenridge Whitewater, you won’t need to worry about lugging around your own suit – we provide wetsuits and splash jackets free of charge for our guests.
  • A Camera. Last but not least, bring a camera to Colorado!  Watching the valleys bloom with beautiful shades of green and wildflowers will have your jaw dropping to the hiking path you’re on. If you’re on the river with Breckenridge Whitewater, you won’t need to risk bringing your camera along.  We have professional photographers that will snap a photo of you and your crew on the water for purchase after you’re done with your trip.

May in Breckenridge is quite the treat, even for all the locals enjoying the empty streets that were once packed to the brim with tourists!  Join us for an adventure this month and don’t forget to pack for every weather element you can think of.

*Image courtesy of Jan Leopold

 

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