Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com Colorado Whitewater Rafting & Zipline Adventures for All Ages and Abilities Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:35:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/cropped-logo-32x32.png Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com 32 32 5 Reasons You Can’t Miss the 2018 Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival this October https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/2018/breckenridge-craft-spirits-festival-2018/ Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:35:20 +0000 https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/?p=5563 Make sure your calendars are marked for October 19th – October 21st, 2018.  Makers of the finest craft spirits from all over the great state of Colorado gather together in the beautiful town of Breckenridge. At the 2018 Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival, those over the age of 21 years old are welcome to dive into ... Read More >>

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Make sure your calendars are marked for October 19th – October 21st, 2018.  Makers of the finest craft spirits from all over the great state of Colorado gather together in the beautiful town of Breckenridge. At the 2018 Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival, those over the age of 21 years old are welcome to dive into the world of craft distilleries.  Here are 5 reasons why you cannot miss the 8th Annual Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival this October.

1. The Distillers

Over 40 craft distillers come to the festival to share their products with the public. At the “Still on the Hill Grand Tasting” at the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center, you can try all the distillers craft spirits. Held on Saturday the 20th from 4:00 – 7:00 PM, admission costs $45 if bought in advance and $55 if bought day of.  Along with the tasting there will be artisan snacks and acoustic music provided by the Bourbon Brawlers and Tejon Corner Street Thieves. You also get to vote for your favorite craft spirt in the Peoples Choice Award. Proceeds of this event go to the Community Partners of the Breckenridge Restaurant Association.

2. The History

This festival will also give people an amazing chance to learn about the history of Breckenridge. On Friday the 19th you can check out the Preston Ghost Town & Gold Mine tour. On the 19th & 20th guest can go on the Behind Swinging Doors Historic Saloon Tour. All 3 nights of the festival you can enjoy the Walk Through History and take a guided tour of the Breckenridge Historic District. Then close out your history lessons Sunday night with the Tombstone Tour at Twilight through the historic Breckenridge Cemetery.

3. The Food

At every corner of the festival there will be amazing food. When you’re hungry, be sure to pick up a Breckenridge Dining Passport and take advantage of promotions being offered by our restaurant community. Available at the Welcome Center and participating restaurants for just $10.

4. The Workshops

On Saturday mixologist master Steven Teaver will be giving a mixology workshop to teach you how to make the perfect cocktail. There will also be lesson from Matt Lanning on “All Things Agave”. On Saturday you can also check out the Starting a Distillery workshop with Tim Daniels.

5. The Fun

This Festival is packed with fun events. On Friday you can participate in the scavenger hunt and bar mix-off. Featuring the saloons, restaurants and taverns of Breckenridge, contestants will depart on self-guided tours of the various establishments. Contestants will seek out answers to scavenger hunt questions and take selfies in certain locations. Scavenger lists and craft cocktail menus available at participating bars. For the Bar Mix-off– Sampling of Breck bartenders’ creativity, featuring a cocktail throwdown among local mixologists, utilizing craft spirits as their base. No need to sign up for either of these elements. Friday there will also be the Breckenridge Distillery Open House & Dinner Party. On Saturday there will be the Spirited Cooking at Colorado Mountain College. Here you can join chef Ian Buchanan for a hands-on cooking class featuring spirits. How to make a beverage edible? Enjoy the lesson and three-course lunch. Menu includes spirits and their creative uses. Close Saturday out with the after party at the Gold Pan. Wake up Sunday and go to the Bloody Sunday Hangover Brunch. Various restaurants around town will be featuring craft-spirit cocktails and/or breakfast, brunch or lunch menus with many football viewing options also available.

Be sure to head up to Breckenridge this October and join your favorite Colorado craft distillery for a fun-filled weekend.  If you want to partake in an adventure along the way, stop at Breckenridge Whitewater‘s Idaho Springs outpost to try the zipline course or Via Ferrata tour!

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Oktoberfest 2018 in Breckenridge, Colorado is this Weekend https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/2018/oktoberfest-2018-in-breckenridge/ Thu, 06 Sep 2018 16:52:19 +0000 https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/?p=5555 If you are planning to attend Breckenridge’s 2018 Oktoberfest, you’re in for a treat! Tickets are completely SOLD OUT and there are going to be a ton of thirsty attendees waiting to get their drink on. This article will give you a rundown of the schedule, events, an what to keep in mind this weekend ... Read More >>

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If you are planning to attend Breckenridge’s 2018 Oktoberfest, you’re in for a treat! Tickets are completely SOLD OUT and there are going to be a ton of thirsty attendees waiting to get their drink on. This article will give you a rundown of the schedule, events, an what to keep in mind this weekend when visiting Breckenridge.

Friday, September 7th

The event will start off with the Main Street party in downtown Breckenridge. From 2:00 to 6:00 PM on Friday you can find some delicious food, awesome beer, and plenty of dancing along the main drag of Breckenridge.  After the party comes the Brew Master Dinner.  This elegant meal will feature some authentic German brews and delectable wines.  Tickets are sold out for the dinner this year, but if you’re lucky enough to snag one on the street, head to Sauce on the Blue Friday night for an evening to remember.

Saturday, September 8th

Start your Saturday off right with brunch at Breckenridge Brewery. Registration will begin at 9:30 and the cost is $55/person plus gratuity. While the chefs are preparing the four-course meal, there will be five beer pairings throughout brunch.  You won’t start the day thirsty or hungry after this fantastic breakfast.

Midday will be the annual Oktoberfest trail run.  Burn off the morning calories before you indulge in more craft brews in the afternoon. If you didn’t get a chance to register for the 5K this year, there will be plenty of fun watching the race from the sidelines.

Finally – the block party.  Happening all day in the heart of Breckenridge, the festivities will include endless food and beer.  Bring a stein or purchase one there and celebrate like the Germans do.

Sunday, September 9th

Make sure that you don’t take Sunday too lightly, because it is your last day to have beer for breakfast. This is not only the last day for all the beer, but also for the food, dancing, and all the social aspects that come along with this amazing street party. The best time to arrive will be around 11:00 AM when the festivities officially kick off again. Sunday will be a little shorter than Saturday, ending around 5:00 PM, but it will be the perfect conclusion to a great weekend.  There are a ton of breweries at the festival this year, so if you haven’t tried them all by Sunday, you better start hustling. The beer token and stein booths will be open at 10:00 AM so you can get a head start on the day.

If you’re not keen on spending the entire weekend with a beer in hand, Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting has plenty of adventures you can jet off for in the morning before joining in Oktoberfest festivities in the afternoon.  Call today to book your activities for the weekend!

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Here’s What You Can’t Miss this Labor Day in Breckenridge, Colorado https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/2018/labor-day-2018-in-breckenridge/ Thu, 23 Aug 2018 16:15:29 +0000 https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/?p=5546 It’s the last weekend of summer fun before snow starts to settle over the Rocky Mountains in Summit County, Colorado.  If you’re trying to enjoy the last bit of warm weather while it’s still around, head to Breckenridge this Labor Day weekend for these great events and activities. Summit Foundation’s Great Rubber Duck Race The ... Read More >>

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It’s the last weekend of summer fun before snow starts to settle over the Rocky Mountains in Summit County, Colorado.  If you’re trying to enjoy the last bit of warm weather while it’s still around, head to Breckenridge this Labor Day weekend for these great events and activities.

Summit Foundation’s Great Rubber Duck Race

The Summit Foundation’s Great Rubber Duck Race has returned for another year. This fan favorite is a fundraiser for Summit County, each duck sold goes to a great cause. The more ducks you buy the better the chance you have winning one of the many awesome prizes that have been donated by local companies. On top of seeing thousands of rubber duckies going down the river (which is fantastic!), but there are great family activities that start at 10 AM such as bounce houses, human hamster ball and a toddler zone.
DATE: September 1st, 2018
LOCATION: Blue River & Blue River Plaza

Breckenridge Labor Day Sidewalk Sale

For the shoppers in the group, Breckenridge has their sidewalk sale and with 200 different shops you are bound to find something for everyone. Get your summer sport gear and clothing on clearance and find some great deals for the upcoming winter season.
DATE: August 31st to September 3rd, 2018
LOCATION: Breckenridge, Colorado

Labor Day in Breckenridge Colorado

Gathering at the Great Divide Art Festival

For the Art lovers the 43rd Annual Gathering at the Great Divide Art Festival is in the top 20 of art festivals in the United States. This event will feature over 100 artists including those with specialties in photography, wood, glass, jewelry and pottery.
DATE: September 1st to September 3rd, 2018 (10:00 AM – 6:00 PM daily and until 4:00 PM on Monday)
LOCATION: Main Street and Wellington in Breckenridge

6th Annual Oktoberfest at Keystone

If you can’t wait to celebrate Oktoberfest this year, Keystone hosts their annual festivities on Labor Day weekend. There will be face painting, a bounce house, and a performance by the Edelweiss Schuhplatters, while the parents will enjoy the craft brews from New Belgium Brewery.
DATE: September 1st, 2018
LOCATION: Keystone, Colorado

Breckenridge Oktoberfest 2018

Taste of Keystone

If you decide to spend your weekend in Keystone, the Taste of Keystone takes place the day after Oktoberfest. Enjoy dishes from Keystone’s award-winning culinary teams all while strolling around Keystone Lake, with plenty of activities and music for the whole family.
DATE: September 2nd, 2018
LOCATION: Keystone, Colorado

Breckenridge Hogfest Bacon & Bourbon Festival

If you can’t wait to make it to the Rocky Mountains, we don’t blame you.  The weekend before Labor Day, Breckenridge hosts the Breckenridge Hogfest Bacon & Bourbon Festival.  On Friday there is a VIP bourbon pairing dinner with four courses and dessert, Saturday is the grand tasting with an awesome VIP option as well, and Sunday is the brunch with mimosas and huge spread of brunch food.
DATE: August 24th to August 26th, 2018
LOCATION: Main Street Station and the Village at Breckenridge

Breckenridge’s 24th Annual Oktoberfest

If you’re staying a bit longer than Labor Day, again… we don’t blame you.  It’s the best time of year to stick around Summit County.  Breckenridge’s 24th Annual Oktoberfest starts on Friday September 7th on Main Street with food, dancing, music and of course… beer.
DATE: September 7th to September 9th, 2018
LOCATION: Main Street in Breckenridge

Still wanting to get out on the river?  Head to Kremmling, Colorado, just an hour north of Breckenridge, for a scenic float on the Upper Colorado River.  If you’re looking for a bit more intense of a trip, pump up these Class II rapids on a stand up paddle board or inflatable kayak.  Call Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting today to book your adventure!

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Why the Season for Rafting the Blue River near Breckenridge, Colorado is Shorter than the Rest https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/2018/blue-river-rafting-season/ Thu, 16 Aug 2018 23:42:01 +0000 https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/?p=5536 The Blue River provides excellent rafting opportunities for people of all skill levels and a wide variety of ages. Its proximity to Breckenridge, Silverthorne, and Frisco makes it ideal for tourists and locals alike who are looking for a rafting option close to home.  The Blue is also the only river that is commercially rafted ... Read More >>

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The Blue River provides excellent rafting opportunities for people of all skill levels and a wide variety of ages. Its proximity to Breckenridge, Silverthorne, and Frisco makes it ideal for tourists and locals alike who are looking for a rafting option close to home.  The Blue is also the only river that is commercially rafted in the notorious Summit County of Colorado.  With epic views of the Gore Range, unrivaled remoteness, beauty, and opportunities to see wildlife, rafting the Blue River is a unique and memorable experience. So, why do so few people have the opportunity to raft it? Two words: Water levels.

Snowmelt is Key for the Blue River

Colorado’s rivers, streams, lakes, creeks, and babbling brooks are all fed primarily by snowmelt. Therefore, a weak or strong winter can make or break a rafting season. A weak snow season does not necessarily mean the end of rafting for many of our rivers since they receive water from reservoirs, controlled by the state and federal governments of the United States.

Many Colorado Rivers are Regulated

The Blue River is unique because it is fed by Green Mountain Reservoir, which only releases water for a short amount of time in comparison to other reservoirs around Colorado. For example, the Arkansas River is fed by both Twin Lakes and the Clear Creek Reservoir, which allows it to stay consistently raft-able until mid-August. The short release season of the Blue River means that we often rely on rain in order to keep it open, particularly once the snow melt window has closed. In the beginning of the season we are often waiting on snow to melt so that the water is high enough for us to raft the blue, shortening the season on the Blue from that end as well. Henceforth, the snowmelt and water release factors essentially have the candle burning at both ends for the Blue River, making for a short season.

The section of Blue River that Breckenridge Whitewater rafts every year is upstream from Green Mountain Reservoir, so just cross our fingers for good snow over the winter so we can get a decent length of season on the Blue the following summer.

What can you do about such a short season on the Blue River?

Firstly, the prime time to come visit and raft the Blue River is from the end of May through June, and this season can be significantly shorter or longer (by about 2 weeks or so).  It never hurts to check out snow totals from the surrounding ski areas of Breckenridge, Keystone, and Arapahoe Basin, which will provide good guidance on the water levels of the Blue for the summer. A below average snow year will assuredly mean a low water summer, so know when the Blue River will be ready and book your trip early with Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting for next year.

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5 Historic Mines Close to Breckenridge, Colorado to Explore this Fall https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/2018/historic-mines-near-breckenridge/ Thu, 09 Aug 2018 22:36:21 +0000 https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/?p=5517 One of our favorite past times during the fall season in Breckenridge is exploring all of the historic mines and sites in the area.  The origin of the majority of mountain towns in the Colorado Rockies was the rich mining land these ranges used to be, so learn a little bit about the areas past ... Read More >>

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One of our favorite past times during the fall season in Breckenridge is exploring all of the historic mines and sites in the area.  The origin of the majority of mountain towns in the Colorado Rockies was the rich mining land these ranges used to be, so learn a little bit about the areas past and catch some amazing views doing so.

1. Lomax Placer Mine

The Lomax Placer Mine is within walking distance of Main Street in downtown Breckenridge.   This was the towns first placer, or surface mine, making it a true foundation of Breckenridge. You may take a tour here and even pan for gold, using historic mining tools just like the 49ers of old.  These tours run through September, and only run on Saturdays, so book your tour to Breckenridge’s best hidden gem today.

2. Washington Gold and Silver Mine

Located just outside of town, this underground mine goes down 200 feet and offers tours. Guides will teach you about old mining techniques and lifestyles, while you feel the same cold darkness of the miners of old. These tours offer gold panning and a historic background of the mine itself, giving you an inside look at the true history of Breckenridge. This family favorite comes in at only 15 dollars per adult and 10 dollars per child, making it a perfect activity for the afternoon after a morning hike or bike ride. Who knows, you may even strike gold yourself!

3. Country Boy Mine

This mine, located a few blocks from Main Street, offers the most amenities for guests within a short distance of Breckenridge.  First, experience the tour and history of the mine itself with of their experienced guides. The Country Boy Mine is 1,000 feet below the ground, probably the deepest you will ever be beneath the earth’s surface. Examine the equipment, look at all the old photos, and have fun with the exhibits. Follow the tour up with some gold panning, or head straight for the friendly retired burros. For a bit more excitement, send it down the 55-foot ore chute. Pretend you are a piece of gold or silver ore on your way to the forges to be smelted into an ingot. Finish the day off by perusing the gift shop, fully stocked with old fashioned candy and toys (and fashioned to look like an old general store).

4. Jessie Mill and Mine

Choose your own adventure and take a hike down Gold Run Gulch to explore Jessie Mill and Mine all on your own. This historic site has been preserved by the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance, and therefore has maintained much of its original structure. The Jessie Mill and Mine was once one of Breckenridge’s largest mining complexes and played a crucial role in the growth and prominence of the town.

5. Phoenix Gold Mine

This one’s not located in Breckenridge, but hard to not mention when talking about Colorado’s mining history.  Located in the current and historic mining town of Idaho Springs, The Phoenix Gold Mine is a great stop whether you are headed out of Breckenridge or into town from the front range, as it is conveniently placed right along I-70. Featured on television shows such as National Geographic, Ghost Hunters, and Globe Trekkers, its renown is well deserved due to its size and historical prominence.

Still in the mood for a whitewater adventure?  There are a few trips left you can venture out on this month!  Check out Browns Canyon on the Arkansas River or a scenic float on the Upper Colorado and come on an excursion with Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting.

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10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Breckenridge, Colorado https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/2018/facts-about-breckenridge/ Wed, 01 Aug 2018 21:55:20 +0000 https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/?p=5511 This nearly 10,000 foot high mountain town is packed with plenty of culture and fun activities, so though it’s known for it’s incredible ski slopes there are some things that need to be brought to attention.  Here are 10 unique things about Breckenridge, Colorado that you may have not already known. 1) Crepes A La ... Read More >>

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This nearly 10,000 foot high mountain town is packed with plenty of culture and fun activities, so though it’s known for it’s incredible ski slopes there are some things that need to be brought to attention.  Here are 10 unique things about Breckenridge, Colorado that you may have not already known.

1) Crepes A La Cart

There’s always a line down the block at Crepes A La Cart on Main Street in Breckenridge.  Matter of fact, if there isn’t a line when you’re craving a crepe consider yourself one of the luckiest people in town.  We’re not lying… there’s always a line.  Take our word though, it’s worth it.

Crepes Breckenridge

2) Dumb and Dumber

It’s something that is worth of being brought up every time when in conversation about this classic movie.  Instead of “a little place called Asssssspen”, it’s actually the town of Breckenridge, Colorado.  Yes, the movie was partially filmed in this lovely mountain town, and also at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park.

3) 4 O’Clock Run

As many of you know, Breckenridge is famous for its awesome skiing. One cool part about this ski resort is the 4 O’Clock Run. This run takes you right into downtown Breckenridge with access to all the restaurants, bars, and shops the town has to offer. The ski resort is set high up on the Tenmile Range on the west side of the town of Breckenridge, so this not-so-little secret helps you skip the line for a gondola ride back to town and just cruise right along on your skis.

4) Mount Quandary

Head south just a little bit from Breckenridge and climb to the top of this popular 14,000+ foot peak.  A 14er is on most people’s bucket lists who live in or visit Colorado, and this one is a great one to get you started.  Fun Fact: If you’re willing to make the drive over Hoosier Pass, you can knock out FOUR 14ERS in one day.  Democrat, Bross, Cameron, and Lincoln make up part of the Mosquito Range and it’s a do-able one day excursion for someone who’s athletic.

5) Broken Compass Brewery

It’s one of our favorite spots in town and has a wide variety of choices for beer lovers of all kinds.  From Czech pilsners to their Chili Pepper Pale Ale, you can branch out and try something new at the Broken Compass Brewery off of Airport Road on the north side of Breckenridge.

Breckenridge Breweries

6) Gold Pan Saloon

The rumor is it’s the longest running liquor license this side of the Mississippi.  It’s actually true, and the Gold Pan Saloon was founded in 1859.  This popular bar in town gets it’s name from Breckenridge’s rich history of mining.

7) Oxygen Bar

It may sound weird, but you’re at elevation in Breckenridge so it’s very easy for visitors to get lightheaded or not be able to catch their breath.  Don’t let this scare you from heading up the mountains, because you’d be missing out on the good things in life.  Instead, head to the O2 Lounge in town if you’re in need of a little more air in your lungs.

8) The Escape Room

Combatting the August afternoon showers in Breckenridge?  You’ve probably heard of an escape room before, and this mountain town is home to one.  The Escape Room is a great family or group activity where you can work together to get out of some tough situations.

9) Peaks Trail

Whether you’re a mountain biker or an avid hiker, Peaks Trail is a great option for you. Not only will you get more acquainted with the Tenmile Range that runs along the east side of Breckenridge, but you will get some great views of the valley below.  If you make it the whole 15 miles one way, you’ll find yourself in Frisco, Colorado!

10) Breckenridge Distillery

This place speaks for itself. If you’re looking for some of the best bourbon you’ll ever try or even a vodka that barely has a nose to it, take a tour of the distilling process and taste test a variety of their concoctions.  Side note, the Breckenridge Distillery is also one of the best high-end restaurants in the town.

Alright, you have plenty of things on your list to check out next time you’re in this area of Summit County.  Book your trip and even an adventure with Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting while you’re at it.  We’ll see you soon!

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Where to Raft Post Peak Water Season Near Breckenridge, Colorado https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/2018/post-peak-water-season-in-breckenridge/ Thu, 26 Jul 2018 18:52:19 +0000 https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/?p=5506 Many of you out there are still looking for some rafting in the Rocky Mountains come August.  The good news: it’s still happening.  The not-so-good news (depending on how you look at it): it’s past peak water season.  Water levels decrease after high water in early June, so you aren’t going to find those heart ... Read More >>

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Many of you out there are still looking for some rafting in the Rocky Mountains come August.  The good news: it’s still happening.  The not-so-good news (depending on how you look at it): it’s past peak water season.  Water levels decrease after high water in early June, so you aren’t going to find those heart pumping intense Class V rapids that will have you flying along the whitewater.  However, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t rivers to raft post-peak season. Here are a few options for a whitewater experience later in the year that anyone can enjoy.

Upper Colorado River

Scenic Float

One of the most dependable rivers in post peak season, as far as water flow, is the Upper Colorado River. Near the town of Kremmling, Colorado, rafting companies can maintain their trips all the way through September to create family-fun later in the year. The drive from Breckenridge is approximately one hour and this section of water features Class II and a couple of Class III rapids.

Duckies and SUPs

If this isn’t big enough in a large raft, try using an inflatable kayak to hit the rapids solo. If you’re very adventurous, you can even rent stand-up paddle boards and conquer the Upper Colorado on your feet. When looking for a great late-season rafting trip, keep in mind the ever-dependable Upper Colorado to satisfy your adrenaline needs.

Lemon Rafting Colorado

The Arkansas River

Another river that is controlled to last until mid-August is the Arkansas River. Flowing through Buena Vista, Colorado, the Arkansas offers anything from Class III to Class V rapids. The main water flow of the Arkansas comes from a reservoir upstream and is dam controlled, so levels remain much more constant than surrounding rivers.  The great thing about the Arkansas that sets it apart from the Colorado River is it can accommodate multiple skill levels and ages with the diversity in classes of whitewater that it offers.

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The Green River

The final recommendation for rafting in the post-peak season is going to be on the Green River through the Canyon of Lodore. This is an extremely beautiful trip with 800 foot canyon walls and awesome whitewater. This part of the Green River also flows through Dinosaur National Monument with some of the most amazing geological wonders in the United States. This trip has so much diversity and will send you through canyons, valleys, and beautiful evergreen forests. For late season, this a great combination of endless beauty and great whitewater.  Though Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting doesn’t run trips along the Green River, if you find yourself in northwest Colorado for your late summer adventure you should absolutely check it out.

There’s still plenty of river adventures left for the season.  Call Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting today to book your whitewater excursion, or book online and save 15% on your trip with promo code ONLINE10.

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The Best Post-Rafting Happy Hours in Breckenridge, Colorado https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/2018/the-best-post-rafting-happy-hours-in-breckenridge-colorado/ Sun, 22 Jul 2018 15:26:06 +0000 https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/?p=5501 After a fun day out on the river, nothing feels better than sitting down and having a nice cold cocktail or beer and grabbing a bite to eat. Breckenridge is full of great options for a post rafting happy hour. Main Street is littered with bars and restaurants with patios, fun small plate and appetizer ... Read More >>

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After a fun day out on the river, nothing feels better than sitting down and having a nice cold cocktail or beer and grabbing a bite to eat. Breckenridge is full of great options for a post rafting happy hour. Main Street is littered with bars and restaurants with patios, fun small plate and appetizer options and friendly bartenders.  Here’s where you should head after your whitewater adventure!

Blue River Bistro

Located on the north end of Main Street, the Blue River Bistro serves up 2 for 1 martinis, 2 for 1 appetizers, and $2 off drafts.  Make it here between 3:00 and 6:00 PM, but you can also make your way over for their late night happy hour from 9:00 PM to midnight. Their very extensive martini list includes the classics like The Cucumber Martini, Cosmo and Expresso Martini to creative seasonal martinis such as the Peach & Pepper and Pear Ginger Mint. Some of their fresh apps include Roasted Garlic Hummus, Fried Calamari and Jalapeno and cheese raviolis.

Rocky Mountain Underground

If you like to have drinks while playing games and hanging out on a nice, sunny patio, “RMU” is the place for you. Out back there is a beer garden complete with corn hole, a full bar and occasionally live music. Catch their happy hour from 4pm-6pm and enjoy $4 wells, $5 wine, $3 off cocktails and $2 off drafts from their awesome craft beer and cocktail list.

Burke and Riley’s Irish Pub

A locals’ favorite spot to grab drinks and snacks while sitting on a patio. With an Irish themed menu and cheap drinks for happy hour, you can’t go wrong. Coors and Coors light are $2, wells and certain shots are $3 and there are $5 small plates which includes menu items like sliders and wings from 3pm-6pm. They have a large indoor bar area as well as a patio for seating.

Southridge Seafood Grill

One of the most beautiful patios off of Breckenridge Main Street is on the rooftop of Southridge Seafood. Get away from bar food and check out the small plates of fresh seafood Southridge has to offer. From 4pm-6pm you can get $1 off all drinks and a Happy Hour menu that includes $2 oysters and a variety of other items ranging from $3-$7.

Ollies Pub and Grub

If you are trying to catch a game after your day on the river, Ollies is perfect. It is a basement sports bar with a ton of TV’s with most sporting events available to watch. From 3pm-6pm you can grab some $5 drafts, $4.50 wells, $5 wines and $1 off all apps. They are known for their famous wings, but also have great pickle chips and a huge portion of nachos that are also favorites.

Northside Pizza

If you are looking for a great deal on some pizza, wings and beer, Northside is always a great stop, but during happy hour, it’s an even better deal! They offer $2 PBR’s, $4 Craft beers, $3 select shots, 2 for 1 apps and $1 wings. They have a patio out front, as well as a bustling indoor bar area.

Breckenridge 4th of July

Take notes and make your way to Breckenridge after your next rafting excursion with Breckenridge Whitewater!  With these great deals, you’re sure to find some great refreshments and refuel with delicious food after an action-packed day.

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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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