Upper Colorado River
Seasons: May - October
Departure: Denver, Boulder, Golden, Summit County
Activity: Whitewater Rafting
$130 per person
Based on a 4 person minimum.
Location of Trip:
Upper Colorado River
Length of Trip:
Daily - May until October (depending on conditions)
6:30am to 8:30pm if we provide transportation; 10:00am to 4:00pm if you meet us there.
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 moderate whitewater rafting 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.
The minimum age for participants is seven years old, and 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. You can meet us at the put-in (south of Kremmling) or hop a ride with us from Boulder/Golden/Denver. The per person price with transportation is $215.
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: On high water, we may increase minimum age from 7 to 9 years old. 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 – IV 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. During high water and high run-off years, there might be 1-2 class 4 rapids.