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Colorado River Rafting & Kayaking


The Colorado River starts high in Rocky Mountain National Park and flows 1,450 miles through Colorado, into Utah and Arizona before emptying in Northern Mexico at the Golf of California. As you travel down this river through Colorado, you will experience many exciting sites, such as dinosaur tracks, old stagecoach trails, as well as many spectacular scenic views.

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Whitewater Rafting -
An Experience You Will Never Forget


There are two sections of the Colorado River that are popular for rafting, the Upper Colorado River and Glenwood Canyon. The Upper Colorado River is just outside Kremmling, gently flowing through non-intimidating whitewater. Most of the rapids are Class II and III. The scenery ranges from natural to rural, including meadows, valleys, steep slopes and jagged cliffs. The Little Gore Canyon and the Red Eye and Screaming Left Turn rapids are points of interest along the Upper River. This section is enjoyable for all ages!

Continuing downstream on the Lower Colorado River toward Glenwood Springs, you will come across Glenwood Canyon. These rapids are more intense, classified as III-IV whitewater. Shoshone run, Upper Superstition and Tombstone bring you under the sheer cliff walls of the Glenwood Canyon. During high spring waters, most outfitters have a 16-year-old age limit along this section of the river.

Other sections of the Colorado River, such as the Westwater Canyon, offers intense whitewater as the river flows near Grand Junction from Loma, Colorado, through multi-hued red sandstone canyons. Gore Canyon, considered the most intense rafting in the State, begins south of Kremmling and will test any rafting enthusiast with Class IV and V rapids. The river continues through the Colorado Canyons National Conservation Area and flows into Utah.

The International Rapid Rating Scale:

  • Class I: Easy. Fast moving water with riffles, small waves.
  • Class II: Novice. Straightforward rapids, wide, clear channels.
  • Class III: Intermediate. Rapids, moderate, irregular waves.
  • Class IV: Advanced. Intense, powerful rapids, precise boat handling.
  • Class V: Expert. Long, obstructed, violent rapids.

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Places to Stay & Fun Things to Do

A Liquid Descent Whitewater Rafting link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Rafting trips near Summit County, Winter Park and the Denver Area. Enjoy relaxing float trip or extreme whitewater with Liquid Descent. Highlights: A riverside hot springs, gorgeous scenery, abundant wildlife.
Adventure Bound: Rafting and Inflatable Kayaking Trips link to Colorado vacation New Colorado vacation business
Professionally guided, all-inclusive, river rafting and kayaking trips. Family adventure that is bound to be quality time and life long memories. Start in Grand Junction on the Colorado River through Ruby Canyon.
Agate Dog Inc dba Geo Tours Whitewater Raft Trips link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Metro Area base in Morrison! Geo Tours is WHITEWATER RAFTING. Experienced staff, owners since 1981. Clear Creek mini-trips; closest to Denver, perfect family outing. Gold Medal waters fishing trips.
Colorado Adventure Center link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
A full service outdoor center -- rafting, biking, zip-lines: Rock Gardens Rafting, Glenwood Bike Tours, Glenwood Canyon Zipline Adventures, Highside Adventure Tours, Colorado Canopy Adventures.
Granby Chamber of Commerce link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Granby is no longer Colorado's best kept secrets! Most of the Grand County's attractions are within 20 miles, you'll be perfectly based for world-class: golfing, Gold Medal fishing, nordic skiing, and biking.
High Country Stampede Rodeo link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Saturdays: July 1st - August 12th in Fraser Colorado's High Country. Stampede RODEO: Barrel Racing, Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronco, Bull Riding, Pole Bending, Team and Calf Roping, Steer Wrestling.
Hot Sulphur Springs Chamber of Commerce link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Along the Colorado Headwaters Scenic Byway in Grand Country, Hot Sulphur Springs is a quiet town with a soaking pool. Arapahoe National Forest: hike, fish, horseback ride, snowshoe, cross-country ski.
Kremmling Area Chamber of Commerce: Year-Round Recreation link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Kremmling, CO is along the Colorado River Headwaters Byway in the heart of Colorado's high country! VACATION YEAR-ROUND: Reservoirs, rivers, ranch land, narrow canyons, wildlife, 3 National Forests.
Melody Lodge Cabins, Store & MLC Fishing Service email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page Map showing location of Colorado vacation Link to special offers and discounts icon
Vacation at Green Mountain Reservoir in north Summit County with hometown family service: lodge cabins, guided fishing, county store. Recreation: Cataract Falls, hike, boat, hunt, jeep, wildlife, bird watch.
Minturn Anglers: Fly-Shops in Minturn, Vail Village, Denver link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Anglers are our Guides! Fly Shops: Minturn, Vail Village, Denver. Experience Colorado Fly-Fishing. HOOK YOUR KIDS ON FISHING. Horseback/Fishing Trip. Pre/Post-Wedding Excursions. You will catch FISH!
Red Mountain RV Park link to Colorado vacation
Convenient to Summit County in Grand County. 100s of miles of ATV trails in the Red Mountain area, start at our Park in Kremmling. A full service RV Parks. Fish the Colorado River! OPEN Year Round!
Rocky Mountain Adventures: Rafting, Kayaking, Fishing link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
WILDERNESS ADVENTURES: trout fishing, whitewater rafting, and kayaking in the Rocky Mountains on the Upper Colorado River, Clear Creek, and Cache la Poudre River. Headquarters Fort Collins.

More Activities & Information

Glenwood Springs, Colorado includes: New Castle

Rifle, Colorado includes: Battlement Mesa, Parachute, Silt

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