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Colorado Whitewater Rafting Adventures

Winter Park Whitewater Rafting Colorado

Whitewater rafting near Winter Park ColoradoA scenic 67 miles from Denver, Winter Park, Colorado has much to offer. Winter Park Resort is known for its ski hills — Winter Park, Mary Jane and others — as well as for its other winter activities including cross country skiing, sledding, snowshoeing, tubing, snowmobiling, sleigh rides and even dog sledding. Still, spring and summer offer amazing outdoor activities as well — hiking, biking, boating, hot springs — and the most fun adventure of all . . . whitewater rafting! Colorado is home to some of the best rafting in the country.

Winter Park Rafting Options

Of all the wonderful things to do in Winter Park and the surrounding areas in the warm-weather months, on the top of your list should be rafting. Colorado rafting is great for family vacations, family reunions and groups of all ages and abilities. Winter Park white water rafting choices include:

The Colorado River — Just 35 minutes from Winter Park is the meeting place for one of our most popular rafting trips, the Colorado River Experience. This Winter Park rafting adventure meets at our Breckenridge office in Summit County, and then together we drive roughly an hour to our remote canyon put-in.

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 is the setting for some great mountain and canyon scenery, natural hot springs, old pioneer cabins, wildlife viewings and more. Click here to view our Colorado River rafting trips.

Clear Creek RaftingRocky Mountain national Park white water River raftingForty-five minutes away from Winter Park is the location of superb rafting.  Colorado rafting adventures on Clear Creek start out in the charming Colorado mountain town of Idaho Springs. The drive from Winter Park to Idaho Springs over Berthoud Pass is breathtakingly scenic.

Idaho Springs is a fun destination in itself, offering a charming old main street, mining relics, Mt. Evans, wildlife and the famous Indian Springs mineral hot springs. Our Clear Creek rafting options include full- and half-day rafting trips, plus super-fun combinations such as whitewater rafting with a mine tour, bike ride or hot springs soak.

Other Winter Park white water rafting options include the Blue River, just 60 minutes from Winter Park. This rafting trip is one of the few opportunities for high country river rafting in the state. Exquisitely scenic, our Blue River rafting trip boasts some of the most gorgeous views of Colorado’s high peaks, including the mountains of the stunning Gore Range. Click on our Blue River rafting page to learn more.

Highside’s Arkansas River rafting trips meet on the river at our Buena Vista office, approximately 2.25 hours from Winter Park. Buena Vista means “beautiful view” in Spanish, and they’re not kidding!

Whitewater Rafting on the Colorado River near winter Park ColoradoThe 14,00-foot Collegiate Peaks and the Arkansas River valley are simply beautiful. Along with the thrill of rafting the most popular commercial river in the U.S., the surroundings help make the trip even more worthwhile. Buena Vista is a rustic and fun mountain town with terrific lodging options. Don’t miss the two fabulous hot springs just outside of town.

Dedicated to providing our guests with the best possible experience of rafting from Winter Park, we deliver half-day, full-day and multi-day adventures in rafting. Colorado rafting is memorable, exciting, and fun for guests of all ages and abilities. Our Winter Park rafting trips range from relaxing and scenic river trips to exhilarating whitewater challenges, and are custom-tailored to the meet the needs of each group or individual.

And for all our Winter Park white water rafting adventures, we handle all the details . . . expect all the necessary equipment, terrific meals, personalized service and outstanding guides.

Additional Winter Park Activities

In addition to Winter Park rafting, take advantage of all Winter Park has to offer, including hiking, biking, horseback riding, boating and so much more. In summer, you can ride a ski lift up the mountain and hike or bike scenic trails. Mountain bikers find plenty of fabulous rides here. Visit the Cozens’ Ranch House Museum just north of town, the site of a stage stop and post office from the 1870s. Be sure to visit the nearby towns of Grand Lake, Granby, Kremmling and don’t miss Hot Sulphur Springs for a relaxing hot springs soak.

All this, and Winter Park is also convenient to Rocky Mountain National Park, one of the most frequently visited parks in the United States. From Winter Park, drive the highest paved road in North America (Trail Ridge Road) for wildlife viewing and so much more. Winter Park is a can’t-miss Colorado vacation spot. You can make a memory with whitewater rafting.  Colorado’s Winter Park whitewater rafting adventure can top off your summer vacation!

For more information about our Winter Park rafting choices and the adventures that await you, please call us today and let us help you plan a memorable Winter Park rafting adventure. 800-997-3448

Local Adventure Trips

Clear Creek Zip & Beginner Raft Trip

Clear Creek Zip & Beginner Raft Trip
Zipline Canopy Tour & Beginner Raft Trip Save $22 Off Rafting! This trip combines the Clear Creek Zipline Canopy Tour with a Beginner river raft trip on Clear Creek that offers lots of rapids and fun while floating through the historic mining town of Idaho Springs. A wonderful choice for families, and large groups, with varying abilities, the Clear Creek Special Beginner trip offers the perfect taste of zipping and whitewater.
  • River Class: 2/3
  • Raft Minimum: 7 yrs. / over 50 lbs.
  • Zip Requirements: 48" tall & 65 to 250 lbs. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Cost: $116 per person
  • Trip Times: 11AM, 3PM (raft trip times)
  • Meeting Time: 45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Idaho Springs
Book your rafting trip online!

Zipline Canopy Tour

Zipline Canopy Tour
Soar above the treetops and cross the river three times among wooden towers on this trip that also highlights Idaho Springs’ gold mining history. No experience necessary but be ready to gain some height! The tallest in our eight-tower course is over 65 feet. With over 5,000 feet of zipline cable, you are bound to leave with a smile!
  • Requirements: 48 inches tall and 65 to 250 pounds. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Cost: $89 per person
  • Meeting Time: 45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Idaho Springs
Book your Zipline trip online!

Clear Creek Zip & Advanced Raft Trip

Clear Creek Zip & Advanced Raft Trip
Zipline Canopy Tour & Advanced Raft Trip Save $22 Off Rafting! This trip combines the Clear Creek Zipline Canopy Tour with an Advanced whitewater raft trip on Clear Creek that is for experienced paddlers only. With very little time to warm up, rafters drop right into Class IV-V whitewater that is fast and wild. The Clear Creek Special Advanced is a great way to get the adrenaline flowing all day with a soaring zip that reaches more than 65 feet in height and some of the most challenging whitewater around. This combo trip is the closest, most exciting option for those in the Denver area. Feel the thrill!
  • River Class: 4/5
  • Minimum Age: 16 yrs.
  • Zip Requirements: 48" tall & 65 to 250 lbs.
  • Cost: $145 per person
  • Trip Times: 9AM, 1PM (raft trip times)
  • Meeting Time: 45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Idaho Springs
Book your zipline trip online!

Zipline & Intermediate Raft Trip

Zipline & Intermediate Raft Trip
Zipline Tour & Intermediate Raft Trip Save $25 off Rafting! This trip combines the Clear Creek Zipline Canopy Tour with an Intermediate whitewater raft trip on Clear Creek that is great for experienced paddlers or aggressive first-timers. Soar among evergreen treetops on the zipline tour, and look down over the roaring rapids you will paddle through! The river below offers nonstop whitewater, and is a great way to get a taste of what challenging whitewater is all about.
  • River Class: 3/4
  • Raft Requirements: 14 yrs. old
  • Zip Requirements: 48" tall & 65 to 250 lbs.
  • Cost: $126 per person
  • Trip Times: 10AM, 2PM (raft trip times)
  • Meeting Time: 45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Idaho Springs
Book your zipline trip online!

Clear Creek Raft 1/3 Day Beginner

Clear Creek Raft 1/3 Day Beginner
Clear Creek 1/3 Day Beginner Perfect for beginners, this 1/3-day trip offers lots of rapids and fun while floating through the historic mining town of Idaho Springs. A wonderful choice for families and large groups with varying abilities, the Clear Creek Beginner trip offers the perfect taste of whitewater.
  • Class: 2/3
  • Difficulty: Beginner
  • Minimum Age: 7 yrs. / over 50 lbs.
  • Cost: $39 per person
  • Trip Times: 9AM, 11AM, 1PM, 3PM, 5PM
  • Meeting Time:  45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Idaho Springs
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