- From Kremmling near Rocky Mountain NP to west of Grand Junction
- Up to Class V
- River Length
- Varying length trips available
- 1/2 day, full day or multi-day
- May to October
DescriptionThe Colorado River is the major drainage of the southwestern U.S., with most rivers in Arizona, Utah, and western Colorado feeding into it. Though the river's headwaters are in Rocky Mountain National Park, it first becomes passable to rafts near the town of Kremmling, southeast of Steamboat Springs. As the Colorado continues south and west to its final destination in the Gulf of California, it passes through the Grand Canyon, and its waters are used to create Lake Powell and Lake Mead.
Though there are several challenging sections for those seeking thrills, on the whole the Colorado is a mild river that winds through beautiful mountain valleys and spectacular scenery. Passing through red sandstone canyons rising hundreds of feet on either side, the river winds through many remote and isolated areas that are only easily accessible by boat. The connection to nature and sense of solitude is strong, making multi-day trips popular with those seeking to get away from the bustle of daily life. Animals such as ducks, geese, deer, and eagles can all be seen from the river, along with sweeping vistas of the American Southwest.
Numerous outfitters offer trips on the Colorado River. Short half day trips to overnight multi-day trips are available.
- Several convenient locations!
- Rafting, Kayaking
- 5 Rivers in Central CO
- 5 Colorado Rivers
- Rafting, Jeep/Other Offroad
- UT / CO / ID Rivers
- Rafting, Biking