- In the San Juan Mountains of Southwestern Colorado
- Class II to III
- River Length
- 20 - 54 miles
- 1/2 Day or Full Day
- May to June
DescriptionThe Rio Grande is the second longest river in the United States, at nearly 1900 miles. From its beginnings in the San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado, the Rio Grande descends to the San Luis Valley, then heads south through New Mexico. As it continues its way to its terminus in the Gulf of Mexico, it forms the international border between Texas and Mexico, and gives the western half of the state its distinctive shape.
Rafting on the Rio Grande in Colorado is usually done in the upper sections, between the towns of Creede and South Fork. Here in the heart of the San Juan Mountains, the river passes through narrow, rocky canyons with some moderately challenging rapids. Wildlife is common in these remote canyons paralleling the Silver Thread Scenic Byway.
Both half-day trips and full-day or longer, tackling the more challenging upper portions of the river, are available, although the season varies depending on the amount of spring runoff.