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Colorado Adventure Center Welcomes You For Whitewater Rafting And Zipline Tours

The Colorado Adventure Center is thrilled to kick off another amazing season of whitewater rafting and zipline tours in Colorado!  The Colorado Adventure Center is proud kick off its 24th year in the outfitting business with the grand opening of our new rafting and zipline facility located in Idaho Springs, Colorado.  Conveniently located only 30 minutes from the Denver Metro area, this state of the art industry leading facility will be used for guest check in, retail and meeting area. Our new facility makes the Colorado Adventure Center the premier base camps for outdoor adventures in Colorado.

An above average snow pack from the winter season has set up Colorado’s rivers for amazing long lasting season of consistent water levels perfect for whitewater rafting. Warmer weather moving in means the snow pack is starting to melt and fill Colorado’s rafting rivers up.  Grab your family and friends to join you on the thrilling whitewater rapids of Clear Creek.  The Colorado Adventure Center offers Beginner to Advanced whitewater rafting trips.  Bring the whole family out for a beginner whitewater trip or gather your adrenaline junkie friends for some fast paced whitewater rapids.

The Colorado Adventure Center’s new facility is located adjacent to our extremely popular Idaho Springs Canopy Zipline Course.  Start your summer off right with thrilling eight line high tower Colorado zipline.  Experience the beautiful Colorado scenery as you zip through the treetops of speeds of up to 40 mph!  Race side by side on this truly unique Colorado zipline tour with side by side zips that cross over Clear Creek on 5 different occasions.

Colorado Adventure Center’s new home for whitewater rafting and zip line tours is only a short drive from Denver, Boulder and the Front Range.  Your Colorado adventure is closer than you think!

Up to $25 off Rafting!

Save up to $25 Off Rafting with our No Name Packages!

  • No Name Special X-press – $75 per person
    short raft trip – zip – lunch
  • No Name Special – $85 per person
    half day raft – zip – lunch
  • No Name Challenge X-press- $85 per person
    short raft trip – zip – ropes – climb – lunch
  • No Name Challenge – $95 per person
    half day raft – zip – ropes – climb – lunch

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15% off 9am Raft or Zip Adventure!

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Kids Raft Free

Colorado River – Shoshone Rapids Trips!
One child under 10 rafts free with a full paying adult

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Colorado Whitewater Rafting in 2014

As of Mid-April, there is still plenty of snow in the high country – and it is still falling. Colorado’s heavy snowfall during the 2013-2014 winter along with the low temperatures across the state have caused a slight delay in the snowpack melting into Colorado’s rivers. However, Mother Nature’s tardiness is not necessarily a bad thing this year.

2014 Snowpack Summary for the State of Colorado

Colorado Snowpack Graph - 2014

Colorado’s Snowpack Summary – 2014

The chart above highlights the entire state’s snowpack summary, as well as the individual river basins. As the chart states, the South Platte, North Platte, and Colorado River Basins are ahead of the game overall. However, as last year proved, April and May can become heavy snow months for Colorado, filling the other basins quickly. These late snows really help the Colorado whitewater rafting industry continue operating well through September.

Highlighted in the map below is all of Colorado’s river basins. If the reader is somewhat familiar with Colorado’s geography, this map displays where in the state the nearest whitewater rafting rivers are in conjunction to, for example, Denver, Aspen, Vail, and Grand Junction, the state’s largest and most visited areas.

Colorado's River Basins

A Map of Colorado’s River Basins

2014 River Basin Snowpack Conditions

Colorado’s 2014 Snowpack Conditions by River Basin

As the chart above shows, the South Platte River Basin is looking absolutely fantastic this year. Rivers like Clear Creek in Idaho Springs, the Blue River outside of Frisco, and the Colorado and Roaring Fork Rivers in Glenwood Springs benefit greatly from the current snowpack conditions, not to mention, the industry’s rafting companies that offer commercial whitewater rafting trips on those bodies of water.

Current Flows on Major Rafting Rivers as of March 2014 measured in c.f.s.

The water levels in each of Colorado’s rivers is quite important for a number of reasons:

  • Water supply to the people
  • Water supply to the agriculture industry
  • Water supply for Colorado Whitewater Rafting
  • Water supply to the fishing industry

In the Colorado White Water Rafting industry, the water supply is VERY important. Here are the current flows for some of the major Colorado rafting rivers.

  • Colorado River: 2,780 cfs
  • Clear Creek: 46 cfs
  • Blue River: 590 cfs
  • Roaring Fork River: 905 cfs

Colorado river flows are measured in c.f.s. which stands for cubic feet per second. A cubic foot of water is approximately the size of a basketball in physical terms. This means, if we were to place a straight line across the Colorado River, for example, the water that flows past that line every second is what we would measure. In the case of the Colorado River, today, 2,780 “basketballs” are passing across that line every second.

Regardless of past low water seasons, 2014 Colorado Rafting Trips are going to benefit greatly, especially on the Colorado River, the Blue River, The Roaring fork River, and especially Clear Creek in the South Platte River Basin. The Colorado River Rafting industry has taken a hit the past 5 years with either too much water or not enough water. Finally in 2014, papa bear, mama bear and baby bear will have a season that is just right!

For more information on Colorado’s Whitewater Rafting Industry’s Safety Measures, Water Reports, or to help plan your 2014 Summer Rafting Trip, please, visit Colorado River Outfitters Association at http://www.croa.org/.

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