What Is It? With so many rivers outstanding for whitewater rafting, no matter where you plan to be in Colorado, you’re bound to be close to one of them.
Why Do It? There are trips that range from a few hours to several days and even longer, and experiences for people of nearly all ages and abilities. If you’re staying in Denver and want a quick jaunt, you can access adventures on Clear Creek from the town of Idaho Springs, just 30 miles west of the city. Clear Creek Rafting Company navigates everything from technical rivers to float trips. The Arkansas River, which cuts through central Colorado canyons and drops 5,000 feet in the first 125 miles, is one of America’s most popular rafting rivers – typical departure cities include Buena Vista, Salida and Canon City.
Good to Know: For one of the toughest challenges, head to the southwest region of the state. The upper Animas River is famous for its Class IV and V rapids. A trip on the lower Animas River often includes other excursions, like a zipline tour and a ride on the famous Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.