Upper Colorado River Rafting

Beginner level (class II-III rapids)

Ages 3+ welcome

Half-day tour

Take a ride on the Headwaters of the Colorado River with this Upper Colorado river rafting trip, the life-blood of the American West. This is an epic adventure for ages 3 and up. Guests here will experience majestic canyon views and class II-III rapids as the Colorado River cuts through the Rocky Mountains on its way to the Grand Canyon. Lucky visitors may spot Bald Eagles, Elk, Deer, Bighorn Sheep, or Bear as they journey downstream through this mighty watershed.

Highlights

Enjoy top-of-the-line equipment, including a wetsuit and splash jacket — all included in the tour price

Have a blast with the whole family on this beginner-friendly adventure

Leave those worries behind with our certified and experienced guides that will help keep you safe and having a fantastic time

Price

$73 per person


Difficulty

Beginner (class II-III rapids)


Departure times

Every day at 8:00 AM, 12:00 PM, and 4:00 PM


Meeting point

Downstream Adventures (Formerly Adventures in Whitewater)
200 W. Park Ave
Kremmling, CO 80459


Starting & ending points

Put in at Pumphouse Recreation Site, Kremmling, CO
Take out at Radium Recreation Site, Bond, CO


Availability

Late May until mid-September


Duration

4 hours total (usually between 1.5 and 2 hours on the water)


Participation requirements

Participants must be at least 3 years old and weigh at least 30 lbs.


Included

  •  Transportation from our outpost to the river and back
  • Excellent white water rafts and safety equipment
  • Wetsuit and splash jacket if necessary
  • Custom-fit PFD (personal flotation device or life jacket)
  • Helmet if necessary
  • Dry bag for necessary items like medication

Note: Neoprene bootie rentals are available for $3 per person.


What to bring

  • Swimsuit or non-cotton shorts
  • Shoes that can get wet and stay on your feet (tennis shoes or sport sandals are great)
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat and Sunglasses are nice to have
  • Dry change of clothes for after the trip
  • Your excitement and enthusiasm!

For more information, check out our recommendations on rafting safety & basics.


About your guide

One of our certified and highly trained river guides will accompany you on your Upper Colorado River rafting tour. Read more about our guides!

 

DON’T FLOAT THE MAINSTREAM

Step away from the beaten path and check out what Colorado has to offer. This trip begins at Pumphouse campgrounds and flows downstream 5.5 miles through several class I-II rapids and one exciting class III rapid. This run casts a unique backdrop and is a favorite among commercial and private boaters alike. The “Upper-C” is a true gem of the Colorado Rockies.

 

UPPER COLORADO RIVER: HEADWATERS OF THE MIGHT COLORADO RIVER!

The Mighty Upper Colorado starts high in the Rocky Mountains, west of Rocky Mountain National Park, and meanders through breathtaking landscapes of valleys and canyons. If you’re a beginner or seeking a relaxing and scenic float trip, this stretch of water is perfect for you.

Good to Know


Why Upper Colorado River Raft?
The Upper Colorado River is a wild and scenic river and breathtaking vistas are in abundance on this stretch of water. This is considered one of the most popular family floats in Colorado.

Our location
Downstream Adventures’ Kremmling Outpost is nestled in the heart of the Colorado Rockies less than an hour from Winter Park, Grandby, Estes Park, Breckenridge, Keystone, and Steamboat Springs. The views along the drive are nearly as stunning as what you will experience on the river!

What you’ll see
Clear Creek is a place of stunning beauty. Witness the remains of our rich gold rush history, including Argo Mill, once the longest tunnel in the world. Keep an eye out for exciting animals and admire the majestic Rocky Mountains.

Qualifications of our guides
At Downstream Adventures, we guarantee that all of our guides are highly qualified and experienced. Each guide has been certified in CPR/first aid and trained in life-saving swiftwater rescue techniques, and that’s just our minimum requirement! All of our full-time guides have surpassed the highest level of guide qualification recognized by the state of Colorado (level 3).

Safety
Our guides are some of the most experienced in Colorado and are skilled in Swift-Water Rescue and precision boat control. Of course, you are entering a wild and natural environment and there are risks involved, but we at Downstream Adventures take great pride in making trip safety our top priority.

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