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Vail Rafting

Located between two of the great river systems of the West, the Colorado and the Arkansas, the Vail Valley offers some of the best whitewater rafting in the world. While there are trips to satisfy the adrenaline junkie, river rafting is not always a white-knuckle sport. With trips for any age and ability, rafting can be a pleasant day on the river with family and friends. Outfitters generally provide all the equipment you will need.

River rafting is a popular activity for summertime visitors in the Vail Valley. The plethora of whitewater options in town or in short distance from town make this a great place to have the thrilling rafting adventure of a lifetime. The Colorado, Eagle, Roaring Fork and Arkansas Rivers are only a few of the renowned rafting venues in and around the Vail Valley. Rafts hold anywhere from 4 to 12 passengers. Led by an experienced raft crew, most excursions mix participation and leisure. Participants will learn to paddle as a team, and direct the craft according to the instruction of the guide. River trips of varying levels are offered by nearly every vendor. Your trip can range from a mellow float down still waters, an exciting trip down mild whitewater, or a thrilling adventure on some of the most challenging and exciting rapids in the nation; it's all available to you as a rafter in the Vail Valley.

According to the International Scale of River Difficulty, whitewater fits one of the following ratings:
Class 1: Very small rough areas, requires no maneuvering. (Skill Level: None)
Class 2: Some rough water, maybe some rocks, might require maneuvering.(Skill Level: Basic Paddling Skill)
Class 3: Whitewater, small waves, maybe a small drop, but no considerable danger. May require significant maneuvering.(Skill Level: Experienced paddling skills)
Class 4: Whitewater, medium waves, maybe rocks, maybe a considerable drop, sharp maneuvers may be needed. (Skill Level: Whitewater Experience)
Class 5: Whitewater, large waves, possibility of large rocks and hazards, possibility of a large drop, requires precise maneuvering (Skill Level: Advanced Whitewater Experience)
Class 6: Class 6 rapids are considered to be so dangerous as to be effectively unnavigable on a reliably safe basis. Rafters can expect to encounter substantial whitewater, huge waves, huge rocks and hazards, and/or substantial drops that will impart severe impacts beyond the structural capacities and impact ratings of most all rafting equipment.
Based on this scale, be sure to discuss your expectations, the experience of your group and any health or fitness restrictions with your vendor. They will help you select a trip that best fits your parameters.

Located between two of the great river systems of the West, the Colorado and the Arkansas, the Vail Valley offers some of the best whitewater rafting in the world. While there are trips to satisfy …

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Featured Rafting

Colorado River Center

Family-friendly rafting on the Colorado River

Affordable family rafting with the Colorado River Center! Join Colorado River Center for summer fun on the Upper Colorado River. It's a small … Read More

Rancho Del Rio in Wolcott, CO (888) 888-RAFT
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Timberline Tours

Whitewater guiding Vail for over 40 years

Providing the ultimate in outdoor adventure since 1971. These world-class guides are on the cutting edge of river guiding around the globe. Families … Read More

Valley Wide in Vail Valley, CO (800) 831-1414
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Rock Gardens Rafting

Rafting fun in Glenwood Canyon
Wild to mild whitewater adventures!
Raft with the EXPERTS celebrating 30 years of business! We focus on safety, family fun and saving you money with exciting raft trips starting at $28! … Read More

1308 County Road 129 Glenwood Springs, CO (800) 958-6737
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Colorado River Guides

"Let our family take your family down the river."

The last of the mom & pops outfits, Colorado River Guides takes great pride in offering raft trips designed to keep the whole family laughing and … Read More

127 Trough Rd Wolcott, CO (970) 653-1001
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Colorado Adventure Center

Offering some of the best Rafting in Colorado!

For 40 years, Rock Gardens Rafting has been offering exciting Colorado Whitewater Rafting Adventures! From mild to wild, it offers amazing raft trips … Read More

1308 No Name Lane Glenwood Springs, CO (800) 970-6737
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Whitewater Rafting, LLC

Rafting on the Colorado & Roaring Fork Rivers
Guaranteed lowest rafting rates around!
Whitewater Rafting, LLC offers river rafting in the heart of Colorado on the Colorado River and Roaring Fork Rivers near Glenwood Springs, Aspen, … Read More

2000 Devereux Road Glenwood Springs, CO (970) 945-8477
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Lakota Guides

Your Adventure Outfitter for Over 25 years!

Lakota Guides continually works to improve safety, has an intimate knowledge of the area, and are thrilled to be your personal guides. With more than … Read More

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Nova Guides & Lodge at Camp Hale

For whitewater rafting, call the best!

Whitewater rafting in Vail is sure to provide excitement for the entire family, from the experienced to the novice. The scenery is breathtaking, and … Read More

Camp Hale Camp Hale (719) 486-2656
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Sage Outdoor Adventures

Float Trips to Adrenaline Adventures

Rivers are special! The guides and staff at SAGE Outdoor Adventures are passionate about them. Rivers are our playground. We respect the power of the … Read More

641 Lionshead Place Lionshead, CO (970) 476-3700
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