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Colorado Whitewater Rafting & Kayaking
Upper 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.

group of rafters on the Upper Colorado, Photo by Rocky Mountain Adventures
The Upper Colorado River is Perfect for First-time Boaters and Families with Children
Close up of raters whitewater rafting in the Cache la Poudre, photo by Rocky Mountain Adventure
Kids Will Love to Ride in the Front Splashing, Laughing and Having Fun - You're Gonna Get Wet!


The Upper Colorado River is just outside Kremmling, gently flowing through non-intimidating whitewater. Most of the rapids are Class II and III. The upper region is also home to 54 reservoirs. 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!

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.
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.
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.

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