Raft: Upper CO River (Full Day)
This tour is one of the best scenic float trips in Colorado and one of the most enjoyable river trips in the Western US. The put-in at Pumphouse down to Rancho Del Rio is 11.7 miles and serves up two great canyon sections, the famous rapids of Eye of the Needle and Yarmony Rapids, and is the perfect introduction to whitewater rafting!
**Note: All trips must be booked 3 days prior to trip date. Requested trip dates are not guaranteed until approved by our staff. **Available dates depend on river levels, generally running May – December
When you picture iconic river rafting throughout the west, this beginner – intermediate rafting trip comes to mind: large roadless sections of river; the California Zephyr train going by as we descend through rapids; soaring eagles, jumping fish, and amazing scenery. This tour is one of the best scenic float trips in Colorado and one of the most enjoyable river trips in the Western US. The put-in at Pumphouse down to Rancho Del Rio is 11.7 miles and serves up two great canyon sections, the famous rapids of Eye of the Needle and Yarmony Rapids, and is the perfect introduction to whitewater rafting! We also float from Pumphouse to State Bridge (14 miles) depending on water levels and run-off rates.
You can expect the tour to last approximately 6 to 8 hours on the water with a possible stop at a natural hot springs as well. Our price is based on a 4-person minimum.
Our put-in point is Rancho del Rio in Bond, Colorado. This is approximately a 2.5-3 hour drive from Estes Park, Boulder, or Denver.
Included in our rates: River shuttle; Professional rafting guide(s) with geographic and historical knowledge of the area; rafting trip; splash jacket and personal flotation device; lunch, snacks, and water.
Not included in our rates: Gratuity for your guide; transportation (unless you choose that option).
Special Notes: For those wanting fun whitewater rafting trips near Denver and Boulder, this is a great full-day option. If you’re in Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper Mountain, Frisco, or Dillon, you’re just 1.5 hours away.
Difficulty Description: Class II – III rapids and whitewater. CLASS II – Easy rapids with predictable waves, clear passages, and wide channels; some maneuvering is required. CLASS III – Moderately difficult rapids with irregular waves and some complex maneuvering required to avoid obstacles.