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Colorado Whitewater Rafting Adventures

Aspen Whitewater Rafting

Many people feel that Aspen is Colorado’s most beautiful mountain town. A popular ski destination in the Rockies, Aspen is also known for dining, nightlife, art galleries, shopping and for its rich and famous residents. The town is also home to the spectacular Maroon Bells, one of the most picturesque and most photographed mountain ranges in the world.

In addition to skiing, Aspen offers a wealth of warm-weather outdoor activities. And when it comes to outdoor adventures, white water rafting in Colorado is one of the best, most exciting and funnest adventures of all!

Aspen Options For White Water Rafting In Colorado

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Highside Adventures Tours offers a number of white water rafting options, our closest being a variety of trips down the famous Shoshone Rapids in Glenwood Springs, where we also guide zipline adventures on our high ropes course at Glenwood Canyon Resort. The resort is less than one hour from Aspen, and is near world-famous hot springs — a perfect way to finish your day! View the map on this page to see your route to Glenwood Springs from Aspen.

Whitewater rafting the Arkansas River can be the adventure of a lifetime or a relaxing, scenic river trip — it’s your choice. A Colorado rafting trip on the Arkansas can accommodate all ages, all skill levels and all preferences, from a calm and relaxing beginner trip to exhilarating and challenging whitewater rapids.

Getting There — Arkansas River/Buena Vista

From Aspen, whitewater rafters for Arkansas River trips meet at our Buena Vista basecamp. A gorgeous 1.5-hour drive from Aspen, the ride takes you over Independence Pass, one of the highest paved passes in North America, and includes some amazing scenery along the way. The drive showcases the Collegiate Peaks, which is the largest collection of 14,000-foot mountains (“Fourteeners”) in the continental U.S. and one of the top 10 prettiest drives in America.

Aspen Whitewater RaftingWe encourage you to take your time to thoroughly enjoy the drive, making this incredibly scenic trip a part of your white water rafting in Colorado adventure.

From Aspen to Buena Vista, take Colorado Highway 82 east over Independence Pass. Take a right onto Hwy 24, and head east toward Buena Vista. We’re located two miles south of Buena Vista on the left hand side of Hwy 24. You can also view directions by clicking the map on this page.

Following your rafting adventure, you may want to explore all Buena Vista and its surroundings have to offer. Quite different from the Aspen experience, Buena Vista (“B.V.” to the locals) is rustic and largely undeveloped with nothing glitzy or fancy about it. However, like Aspen, the surroundings are beautiful. Don’t miss a soak in Cottonwood Hot Springs or Mt. Princeton Hot Springs, both just minutes outside of town.

Other Colorado Rafting Trips from Aspen, Colorado

Glenwood Springs’ Shoshone Rapids definitely offer the most convenient whitewater paddling to Aspen, and they’re exciting, no doubt! The Arkansas River is an adventurous choice if the scenic drive sounds like it would be part of the fun for your group. Enroute between Aspen and Denver, your choices also include:

  • The Blue River — Blue River rafting trips meet in Breckenridge in Summit County, but the river is only 25 minutes away. The Blue River is Summit County’s only whitewater river and one of the few opportunities for high country river rafting in the state. Exquisitely scenic, our Blue River rafting trip boasts gorgeous views of some of the highest peaks in Colorado, including the mountains of the stunning Gore Range.
  • Clear Creek  This trip starts in the historic mining town of Idaho Springs, about 3 hours from Aspen but only 45 minutes from Denver; it’s a great option for an end-of-trip adventure on your way down from Aspen to Denver. Raft before you head home or on your first day in Colorado. Half-day Colorado rafting trips are offered as well as some terrific combination trips.

Aspen Adventure Trips

Team Building

We offer personalized team building activities for a variety of groups. Whether it’s your family reunion, wedding, club outing, or company retreat, we can design a team adventure for you! Challenging whitewater rafting, thrilling Ziplining and an exciting High Ropes Course are a few of the activities available. Our base camp, located at Glenwood Canyon Resort, offers a variety of lodging options for your stay. Let us bring your group together! Please speak with our Group Specialist about designing an event for you. Book your trip online!

Double Zip

A double blast! Twice the fun of our Express Zip. You’re all geared up and your confidence is soaring high so why not do it again?  Just an extra ten bucks! Cost: $45 Book your trip online!

Glenwood Canyon Downhill Bike Ride

Ride 16 miles mostly downhill along the Colorado River in one of the deepest and most beautiful canyons in the state. Hike the famous Hanging Lake Trail or Grizzly Creek, and stop for lunch or dinner at the No Name Bar & Grill located at the Glenwood Canyon Resort, conveniently located right on the Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail (No Name Exit 119). Price includes daily bike rental and free shuttle service.
  • Cost: $35 per adult / $25 youth 12 and under
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No Name Special Raft & Zip

This trip combines exciting whitewater with soaring zipline fun! Join us for a half-day rafting trip on the Colorado River through the Shoshone Rapids and breathtaking beauty of the Glenwood Canyon. We will shuttle you back to our base camp at Glenwood Canyon Resort where you will gear up for a thrilling flight across the scenic canyon, traverse the suspended bridge, and glide back across the Colorado River. Includes a FREE Freshly Grilled Lunch at the No Name Bar & Grill overlooking the river and canyon. An excellent choice for a day full of fun and adventure! Trips leave daily.
  • Class: 2/3
  • Difficulty: Beginner / Intermediate
  • Minimum Requirements: 48" tall & 65 to 280 lbs.
  • Cost: $81 per person includes FREE Freshly Grilled Lunch
  • Trip Times: 9AM, 1PM (raft trip times)
  • Meeting Time: 45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Glenwood Springs
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Vail Pass Shuttle Downhill Ride

Hop a shuttle to the very top of Vail Pass at an elevation of 10,666 feet! The Colorado Rockies rise in every direction totally surrounding you as you ride downhill on a smooth, paved bike path. Trips depart from our convenient locations in both Vail and Summit County.
  • Cost: $35.00 per person includes bike rental, helmet, shuttle service to Vail Pass

Express Zip Trip

Our professional Zipline staff will greet you and provide a safety briefing and demonstration. Once you’re fitted in your safety harness, gloves and helmet, it’s up the 40" launch tower for a truly unique and thrilling experience. Clip in, step off, and feel the adrenaline rush as you accelerate out over the Colorado River and soar across the river on one of our three zipline cables. Traverse the suspended bridge to the return tower, and soar back across the river for a fun, easy, and exciting zip with a birds-eye view of the spectacular Glenwood Canyon. Reservations recommended.
  • Minimum Requirements: 48" tall & 65 to 280 lbs.
  • Cost: $35 per person
  • Trip Times: AM and PM trips available - Call to Reserve
  • Meeting Time: 30 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Glenwood Springs
Book your Zip Line trip online!

High Adventure Zip

High Ropes Challenge Course, Climbing Wall and Zipline Start your adventure ascending our 40' Climbing Wall (attempt it a few times if you dare!). Then you're on to your next set of challenges on our High Adventure Ropes Course! Our guides will secure you with a belay line as you cross from tower to tower on our Raider Bridge, gain confidence as you reach for the Multi-Vine Ropes and test your balance while crossing the Swinging Steps Bridge. A thrilling zip across the Colorado River (where you'll encounter yet another adventure bridge to cross) and a final zip back completes this perfect adventure! Our rock climbing walls offer the ideal challenge for all ability levels. Kids of all ages (48" tall & 65 to 280 lbs) will enjoy the wide variety of fun features on our Adventure Course. A true family fun activity! Reservations are strongly recommended, as spaces are limited.
  • Minimum Requirements: 48" tall & 65 to 280 lbs
  • Cost: $55 per person
  • Trip Times: 9AM 11:30AM, 2PM, 4:30PM
  • Meeting Time: 30 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Glenwood Springs
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Zip & Leap Trip

Zipline/Leap of Faith Combine a screaming zipline ride with our nerve testing Leap of Faith challenge jump! You’ll zip across the canyon, climb the 35 foot tower and leap off, reaching for the trapeze bar suspended in space. What a rush! Conclude your experience with an exciting return zip back across the rushing waters of the Colorado River.  Reservations required.
  • Minimum Requirements: 48" tall & 65 to 280 lbs
  • Cost: $59 per person
  • Trip Times: AM and PM trips available - Call to confirm
  • Meeting Time: 30 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location:  Glenwood Springs
Book your Zip Line trip online!

Browns Canyon Half Day

A classic, this ½-day trip is one of the best in all of America. Granite canyon walls and fourteen-thousand-foot peaks are the backdrop for challenging rapids such as Pinball, Zoom Flume, Big Drop and others. Take a couple hours out of your day and explore one of the most classic whitewater stretches in Colorado.
  • Class: 3/4
  • Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate
  • Minimum Age: 7 yrs. / 50 lbs.
  • Adult Cost: $49
  • Child Cost: $44 (12 and under)
  • Trip Times: 10AM, 2PM
  • Meeting Time: 45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Buena Vista

Browns Canyon Full Day

This is the most popular full-day trip in Colorado, and for good reasons. Excellent for first-timers and experienced rafters alike, this pool-and-drop stretch of river is fun for just about everyone. Raft Browns Canyon and tackle classic rapids such as Zoom Flume, Widow Maker and Siedel’s Suck Hole. This collection of rapids makes Browns Canyon one of the best Class III-IV river runs in all of America. For lunch, we will stop in the canyon to enjoy a steak and chicken BBQ lunch, prepared on the spot by your guide.
  • Class: 3/4
  • Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate
  • Minimum Age: 7 yrs. / 50 lbs.
  • Adult Cost: $86
  • Child Cost: $76 (12 and under)
  • Trip Time: 10AM
  • Meeting Time: 45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Buena Vista

Numbers Full Day

This extreme and continuous stretch of Class V water is for experienced and aggressive paddlers only. With almost 6 miles of continuous Class IV+ rapids, the Numbers is one of the toughest commercially run sections of whitewater in the United States. It’s not for everyone, but for those who take the challenge, it’s the trip of a lifetime! Rafters looking to run the Numbers must have previously rafted Class IV or V rapids, be in good physical condition, and be able to swim.
  • Class: 3/5
  • Difficulty: Expert
  • Minimum Age: 16
  • Cost: $108 per person
  • Trip Time: 10AM
  • Meeting Time:  45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Buena Vista
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Royal Gorge Full Day

Here the Arkansas River flows through the 1,100-foot-deep Royal Gorge, one of Colorado’s most popular natural wonders. While you are catching your breath between the incredible Class IV-V rapids, you can take in the stunning beauty of the gorge. At high flows (May-July) this trip is almost non-stop whitewater, and not for the faint of heart. The Royal Gorge is recommended highly for aggressive paddlers who are in good physical shape and know how to swim. This trip includes our famous BBQ lunch, prepared by your guide.
  • Class: 3/5
  • Difficulty: Expert
  • Minimum Age: 16
  • Cost: $105 per person
  • Trip Time: 10AM – Call 970-402-6081
  • Meeting Time: 45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Royal Gorge
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Narrows & Browns Canyon 2 Day

Set out on your first day for an exciting river rafting trip through the continuous rapids of the Narrows. Set up camp alongside the Arkansas River and relax with the smells of a gourmet dinner under the stars. Do not worry, we take care of all the cooking! Wake up to a hearty breakfast the next morning and get ready for an exciting full day in Brown’s Canyon. All meals are included. Camping gear rentals can be arranged.
  • Class: 3/4
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Minimum Age: 12
  • Cost: $325 per person
  • Trip Time: 10AM – Call 970-402-6081
  • Meeting Time: 45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Buena Vista
Book your rafting trip online!

Shoshone Half Day Raft

Shoshone Half Day Raft
Our MOST popular Colorado River trip in Glenwood Springs! This trip offers an exciting day of whitewater thrills through the Shoshone rapids and breathtaking beauty beneath the majestic walls of Glenwood Canyon. Experience the best of the mighty Colorado River! An excellent choice for all experience levels. Perfect for families.
  • Class: 2/3
  • Difficulty: Beginner / Intermediate
  • Minimum: 50 lbs.
  • Adult: $52
  • Youth: $42 (12 and under)
  • Trip Times: 9AM, 1PM, 4PM
  • Meeting Time: 45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Glenwood Springs

Shoshone Full Day Raft

Shoshone Full Day Raft
The ultimate river adventure! An exciting combination of whitewater fun and spectacular canyon scenery. Your day includes the challenging Shoshone whitewater rapids on the Colorado River, magnificent views of Glenwood Canyon and surrounding mountains, float and relaxation time, plus more! We also bring along river toys (inflatable kayaks) so you can enjoy being the master of your own vessel - play in the wave trains or sit back and float at your own pace.  A freshly grilled lunch is provided at the No Name Bar & Grill overlooking the river and canyon walls at our Glenwood Springs Basecamp.
  • Class: 2/3
  • Difficulty: Beginner / Intermediate
  • Minimum: 50 lbs.
  • Adult: $88
  • Youth: $68 (12 and under)
  • Trip Time: 9AM
  • Meeting Time: 45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs Basecamp


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Glenwood Springs Basecamp

1308 CR 129
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

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