Rafting near Beaver Creek, Colorado is some of the best in the country. Enjoy a sun-drenched float through high desert canyons of the Colorado Plateau or the rushing whitewater of the infamous Gore Canyon of the Colorado River. No matter what level of adventure you’re looking for, rafting in Beaver Creek will satisfy your appetite. From first timers to experienced rafters, you will find it here.
All trips include state of the art equipment, including wetsuits, booties, life jackets, and splash jackets. Helmets are provided for class III – V trips. Just wear a bathing suit, sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses, and don’t forget a water proof camera! If you don’t mind getting wet, this is the adventure for you. Your safety, your fun, and the memories you take home are the important things.
Brochures and information on half-day, full-day, or multi-day rafting trips are available by calling the Colorado River Outfitters Association, which includes all of the local outfitters and guides: .
Revel in the tranquility of Ruby/Horsethief, located on the Utah-Colorado border near Grand Junction. The southern bank of the river is mostly wilderness, offering beautiful scenery and some ancient Native American petroglyphs. This is among the most mellow runs in the state.
Take your time wandering through the high desert scenery on the Colorado River, between Pump House and State Bridge (between Vail and Steamboat). For a little excitement, a few rapids interspersed throughout this trip can make a big splash. Inexperienced rafters should wait until runoff subsides.
Experience Colorado’s classic rafting experience. First-timers and veterans alike will enjoy the big, soft waves of Shoshone in Glenwood Canyon. This water can rage at an expert-only level, so if you’re looking for a relaxing experience, consider the Grizzly Creek just downstream.
About three hours south of Vail, find one of the state’s most popular rafting destinations: Brown’s Canyon on the Arkansas River. This trip offers swelling waves and rugged mountain scenery. This section is somewhat dam controlled, which extends the rafting season well into September.
This trip is ideal for younger people or first-timers. You’ll find plenty of action as you paddle through Spike Buck, drop into Double Dip, and ride the waves of Shark’s Tooth.
Always a local favorite. If you’re ready for the ride of your life, the Dowd Chute is the place to be. Ask your outfitter what "the gauge" reads, and get ready for a wild ride anywhere at 5 feet or higher.