The 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.
From scenic floats to high adrenaline whitewater, we run trips on Clear Creek, the Upper Colorado and accept reservations for the Arkansas River. Half day, full day or overnight trips are available for all ages.
- 5 Colorado Rivers
- Rafting, Jeep/Other Offroad
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- 5 Rivers in Central CO
The most dedicated, skilled and enthusiastic outdoor professionals anywhere want to escort you on the outdoor adventure of a lifetime. Our years of experience and unmatched professionalism will clearly set us apart when you raft with Breckenridge Whitewater. Choose from door-to-door transportation or drive to one of our offices and save money. See our website for DISCOUNTS and videos!
- Several convenient locations!
- Rafting, Kayaking
Join AVA for world-class whitewater on the best rivers in Colorado. Trips for all ages and abilities: mild floats to family whitewater to pounding Class V waterfalls! Free wetsuits and splash jackets on AVA-run trips, outstanding guest service, great Outposts. See our award-winning website for daily discounts, packages and videos! Trips close to Denver and all major mountain resorts.
- UT / CO / ID Rivers
- Rafting, Biking
Since 1966, Holiday Expeditions has provided trips to the most spectacular landscapes on earth. Today, we offer whitewater rafting in Utah, Colorado and Idaho, on the Colorado, Green, Yampa, San Juan and Salmon Rivers. Click here for the ride of your life and to learn more about our Bike/Raft, Specialty and Kayaking Trips.