Set in Northwest Colorado, under rolling hills, sprawling canyons, and rushing
water, the Upper Colorado River is one of the most spectacular landscapes in the
nation. Teeming with a variety of sport fish, including brown, cutthroat, and
rainbow trout, and a vista of sprawling plains, deep river-cut canyons, and green,
rocky hills, the river is one of Colorado’s most pristine and untouched, which gives
Colorado Wilderness Rides and Guides the pride of leading extraordinary excursions
to fly fish and raft this one-of-a-kind area.
With a permit from the BLM, Colorado Wilderness Rides and Guides leads single or
multi-day trips from the Pumphouse Campsite to State Bridge and beyond. Utilizing
the best rafts, our guides have mapped out the river to know where to find the best
fishing, camping, and wildlife viewing on the River. Start with a hearty camp
breakfast, before loading into the raft and lazily drifting through open plains and
expansive vistas with the silhouette of the Rocky Mountains in the background.
Next delve into the canyon as the boat hits the first rapids and our guides expertly
steer across thrilling whitewater, and help cast into the narrow pockets under the
rocks where the fish wade in the eddies.
Coming out of the canyon, the river mellows, following the tracks of a historical
railroad, as the rafts meander through stony hills, sandstone columns rising from
the water, a hot spring, and the opportunity to leap from the high cliffs into the
chilly mountain water. Here, our guides teach technique, proper bait selection, and
what side of the river to cast on, ensuring the best chances for fishing success.
All our guides bring combined decades of fishing experience all over the world,
combined with proper swiftwater rescue certifications and the latest in safety
training. Our goal is to ensure a unique, exhilarating, and spectacular experience
across one of our favorite and most revered lands.