Eagle River Whitewater Rafting Trips


Vail, CO

Looking for some of the best whitewater rafting just minutes from Vail?

Start the season off right with an Eagle River white water rafting trip. A great option for Spring white water rafting adventures near Breckenridge, the Eagle River waters run wild from May through July. A legendary high-country drainage, the Eagle River’s water comes primarily from snowmelt, much of which courses directly off the slopes of the nearby Vail Mountain Ski Area. The frozen streambed awakens from hibernation in late April, rising within a matter of weeks to become a pulsating whitewater deluge.


Catch the Eagle if you can! Rafting on the Eagle River will not only give you that early fix but also whet your appetite for more whitewater throughout the summer. You can book your trip online or over the phone and when you book, there are usually two Eagle River trips available:

  • Dowd Chute
    • Advanced Whitewater
    • Ages 16+
  • Lower Eagle
    • Family Whitewater
    • Ages 6+


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Rafting the Eagle River

The Ute Indians claimed that the stream gushing down from present-day Tennessee Pass had as many tributaries as an eagle’s tail had feathers. Hence how the Eagle River earned its name. Local action has effectively prohibited dams from being constructed on the river or on any of its many tributaries, so the Eagle remains one of the few free-flowing rivers in the nation.

You will find the Eagle River just 36 miles west of Breckenridge! Hop on I-70 W and you will get to the put-in in only 46 minutes. This is a great trip for people staying in Breckenridge who want to see a little more of the state.

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