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Colorado Whitewater Rafting Adventures

Vail Whitewater Rafting

One of the the largest ski areas in North America, Vail is one of Colorado’s top ski resorts and a prime winter destination for people from all over the world. But the Vail Valley is just as beautiful and desirable during the other seasons of the year when visitors can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, biking, horseback riding, fly fishing and amazing white water rafting. Colorado visitors will discover Vail’s famed restaurants, spas, hotels and shopping.

Plan For Excitement With A Vail, Colorado Rafting Trip

Within a few short miles of Vail lies some of the best white water river rafting in Colorado. Don’t miss out on experiencing an outstanding Colorado rafting trip, the memories from which will last a lifetime!

From Vail, rafting trip options include full, half-day and multi-day trips for beginner and intermediate rafters as well as Colorado rafting trip options for hardcore, expert-level whitewater enthusiasts. Highside Adventure Tours’ Colorado rafting trips are appropriate for all ages and skill levels. White water river rafting near Vail can be an ideal family activity or the perfect team building and leadership training activity for business meeting and convention attendees. Most of all, a Vail, Colorado rafting trip is great fun!

Our Vail rafting options include:

Vail Whitewater RaftingColorado River in Glenwood Springs — This trip on a popular river stretch called Shoshone Rapids offers fun for everyone in your group. Our basecamp at Glenwood Canyon Resort is just an hour from Vail with easy access on I-70. Consider adding a zipline adventure to your day by booking a Raft & Zip combo trip.

Clear Creek — Our Clear Creek rafting trips meet at our offices in the historic Argo Mine building in Idaho Springs, Colorado, about a 1.25-hour drive from Vail. Clear Creek offers 1/2-day, 1/3-day or full-day river trips for everyone from first-timers and beginners to intermediate and advanced whitewater adventurers. The Clear Creek Beginner trip is perfect for families and large groups with varying abilities; everyone will have fun, and you’ll also enjoy exploring the historic mining town of Idaho Springs and Mount Evans, — a 14,000-foot mountain that features a paved road all the way to the top and almost certain wildlife viewings on the way.

Blue River — This Vail rafting trip meets at our Breckenridge basecamp, about 45 minutes ea st of Vail. 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, the Blue River boasts gorgeous views of some of the highest peaks in Colorado, including the mountains of the stunning Gore Range. This is a great trip for a half-day adventure. Visit the Blue River page to learn more.

Upper Colorado River — This rafting trip meets in Breckenridge, approximately 45 minutes from Vail. Together, we drive roughly an hour to our river put-in at the head of a scenic, remote canyon. The Colorado River is one of the classic rivers in the United States. Starting high in the Colorado Rockies, and eventually flowing through the Grand Canyon, the Colorado River is the setting for great mountain and canyon scenery, natural hot springs, old pioneer cabins and more. For great family white water rafting, Colorado River excursions are perfect for beginners.

whitewater Rafting on Clear Creek near Vail ColoradoArkansas River — This Vail rafting trip starts with a drive of about 1.5 hours to the mountain town of Buena Vista. Buena Vista means “beautiful view” in Spanish, and they’re not kidding! The 14,000-foot Collegiate Peaks and the Arkansas River valley are simply breathtaki n g. Along with the thrill of rafting the most popular river in the U.S., the surroundings help make the trip even more worthwhile. Buena Vista is a town worth visiting — and don’t miss the two fabulous hot springs just outside of town. From our Buena Vista basecamp on the Arkansas River, we offer a full and half day Colora do rafting trips suitable for all levels and all ages, including an expert whitewater trip through the world-famous Royal Gorge.

All rafting trips include rafts, helmets, personal flotation device, basic instruction and a professional, highly skilled guide.

Bike and Raft Combination

When in Vail, rafting isn’t your only opportunity for an unforgettable mountain adventure. Highside Adventure Tours offers fabulous bike trips as well as biking and rafting combinations.

  • Our popular Vail Pass Shuttle drops you off at the top of Vail Pass, at an elevation of 10,666 feet. You’ll cruise 14 miles downhill, through Officer’s Gulch along Tenmile Creek (a high alpine, snowmelt river) and enjoy the beautiful scenery, glimpses of wildlife and abundant wildflowers. The ride takes you through Copper Mountain Resort, past the Copper Mountain stables and ends in the quaint town of Frisco. Marvel at the beauty of the golden aspen in fall and the abundant wildflowers in spring. Keep your eyes peeled for elk, moose, mule deer, redtail hawk, eagle and marmots in the lynx habitat of the White River National Forest. This is a biking adventure you won’t want to miss.

Pedal and Paddle — Biking and Rafting Combo
From Vail, rafting and biking can be combined in one day with a Highside Adventure Tours’ bike and raft combination. Enjoy the Vail Pass Shuttle Trip in the morning, and then spend the afternoon river rafting for a complete high alpine adventure! Your Vail rafting choices for these combination packages include:

  • Morning Vail Pass Bike Ride and Half day Clear Creek Rafting Trip.
  • Morning Vail Pass Bike Ride and Half day Arkansas River Intermediate Rafting Trip.

Contact us today for pricing and details. 800-997-3448

 

Vail Adventure Trips

Wet & Wild Rafting Adventure

Wet & Wild Rafting Adventure
For the thrill seeker! Up the intensity and excitement when you decrease the size of the boats. This half-day trip runs through the Shoshone whitewater rapids in 12-foot paddle boats and continues through the stunning Glenwood Canyon. Be prepared for action and some major paddling! Must be in good physical condition. Reservations required.
  • Class: 3/4 Rapids
  • Difficulty: Intermediate / Advanced
  • Minimum: 14 yrs.
  • Cost: $62 per person
  • Trip Times: 9AM, 1PM, 4PM
  • Meeting Time: 45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Glenwood Springs
Call 877-ZIP-RAFT to find out about our
"Double" and "Triple" Wet & Wild Adventures! 

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

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

Vail Pass Shuttle Downhill Ride

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 location on 6th Ave & Main St. in Frisco, CO.
  • Cost: $35.00 per person includes bike rental, helmet, shuttle service to Vail Pass

No Name Special Raft & Zip

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
Book your trip online!

Blue River 1/3 Day Adventure

Blue River 1/3 Day Adventure
This gem of a river is Summit County's best kept secret! Alpine scenery is highlighted with stunning views of the Gore Range. As this rushing river narrows, you’ll plunge into two miles of continuous whitewater, requiring some light paddling and fun times for all. Due to its short running season please call for reservations.
  • Class: 2/3
  • Difficulty: Beginner / Intermediate
  • Minimum Age: 6 yrs. / 50 lbs.
  • Cost: $39 per person
  • Trip Time: 9AM, 12PM, 3PM – Call 877-ZIP-RAFT
  • Meeting Time: 45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Frisco
Book your rafting trip online!

Upper Colorado Duckie 3/4 Day

Upper Colorado Duckie 3/4 Day
Take charge of your Colorado River adventure and be the captain of your own inflatable kayak. The mighty Colorado offers a few Class II rapids as well as spectacular views and wonderful history. With natural hot springs, countless swimming holes, prehistoric dinosaur tracks, and a boxed lunch included, it’s a great way to spend a day in the Colorado sunshine.
  • Class: 2
  • Difficulty: Beginner
  • Minimum Age: 14 yrs.
  • Cost: $78 per person
  • Trip Time: 11AM
  • Meeting Time: 45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Breckenridge
Book your rafting trip online!

Upper Colorado 3/4 Day Float Trip

Upper Colorado 3/4 Day Float Trip
Take time for a leisurely float along the Upper Colorado River. The mighty Colorado is a relaxing float trip with spectacular views and wonderful history. With natural hot springs, countless swimming holes, prehistoric dinosaur tracks, and a boxed lunch included, it’s a great way to spend a relaxing day in the Colorado sunshine.
  • Class: 2
  • Difficulty: Beginner
  • Minimum Age: 4 yrs. or 40 lbs.
  • Cost: $78 per person
  • Trip Time: 11AM
  • Meeting Time: 45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Breckenridge
Book your rafting trip online!

Double Shoshone Half Day Raft

Double Shoshone Half Day Raft
When one time through these fabulous rapids is just not enough! This heart-stopping trip runs through the Shoshone rapids on the Colorado River TWICE then continues through the spectacular Glenwood Canyon to our private take out in No Name. Make sure you stop by the No Name Bar & Grill for our special happy hour. This is as good as it gets!
  • Class: 3
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Minimum: 50 lbs.
  • Adult: $57
  •  Youth: $52
  • Trip Time: 1PM, 4PM
  • Meeting Time: 45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Canyon Downhill Bike Ride

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
Book your biking trip today!

Double Zip

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!

Team Building

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!

No Name Challenge

No Name Challenge
This trip that has it all! Package combines the popular Shoshone half day raft trip on the Colorado River with a half day of thrills on our High Ropes adventure course including climbing walls and zipline! A fresh grilled lunch is served at the No Name Bar & Grill overlooking the river and majestic Glenwood Canyon. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Class: 2/3
  • Difficulty: Beginner / Intermediate
  • Minimum Requirements: 48″ tall and 65 to 280 lbs.
  • Cost: $101 per person
  • Trip Times: 9AM, 1PM (raft trip times)
  • Meeting Time: 45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Glenwood Springs
Book your trip online!

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