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Colorado Whitewater Rafting Adventures

Intermediate Rafting

Our Intermediate Whitewater Rafting Trips

River Trip Name Class Min Age Basecamp
Clear Creek 1/2 day intermediate   3/4      14 Idaho Springs

Intermediate Whitewater Rafting Information

Intermediate rafting on Clear CreekIntermediate whitewater rafting adventures are great for people looking for a little more than a beginner experience but who are not ready to challenge themselves with advanced or expert adventures. Intermediate adventures are good for aggressive first-timers and experienced paddlers. They are often the right fit for large groups since they accommodate a wide variety of comfort levels. While they typically offer a lot of excitement, intermediate white water adventures take place on more manageable sections of the river.

The best thing about running rivers in Colorado is the wide variety of difficulty levels. White water rafting in Colorado has something for everyone from four-year-old children to experienced whitewater enthusiasts. When choosing a white water raft trip you should always keep in mind the ability of every member of your group. It is a good idea to choose a whitewater adventure that is geared to the person with the lowest ability level. Remember, every river adventure is fun, even the most mellow experiences.

Remember that a rafting adventure is the total experience that creates memories of a life time. A positive Colorado white water rafting experience can include excitement as well as wildlife, beautiful views, rich history told by knowledgeable guides and, most of all, enjoying a comfortable experience with friends and family. Mother Nature did not take into consideration the “perfect whitewater rafting adventure” millions of years ago when she formed the rivers of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Keeping this in mind, it might be necessary to adjust your expectations in order to accommodate everyone’s comfort levels.

intermidiate rafting on the Arkansas RiverBecause difficulty levels for Colorado white water rafting adventures can vary depending on water levels and/or weather conditions an adventure will sometimes have two different ratings. The rating will often increase (get more difficult) early season during peak water flows; this can be due to high water levels and cooler weather conditions. High water season can be the best time to raft if you are looking for big adventure. High water season in Colorado is typically early to mid June, peaking around the summer solstice (mid June). This can differ depending on weather and snowpack.

For more detailed information about water levels and weather conditions you can contact our reservations staff at 877-ZIP-RAFT . Minimum ages are also available to help you find your comfort level. Our minimum ages are not mandatory, they are a guide for you to use when making a decision about the adventure you are choosing. Factors that go into minimum ages include but are not limited to a person’s height, weight, physical ability, mental ability and maturity levels. These factors, along with years of experience taking thousand of guest rafting, have gone into setting minimum ages. We reserve the right to refuse service based on a person’s age or ability level. Minimum ages can change based on weather and/or water conditions.

Beginner =
first timers, young children
Intermediate =
aggressive first timers, teens
Advanced =
experienced paddlers looking for an adventure
Expert =
very experienced paddlers only
RIVER/RAPIDS CLASS RATING SYSTEM

This is strictly a subjective scale. You can characterize a rapid by class or give a general class to a whole river even though it has several different classes of rapids within it. The class of a rapid or river can change at different water levels. The temperature of the water, the air temperature, the remoteness of the river, and the difficulty of a rescue can all influence the rapid’s class.Class I – Easy. Small riffles. No significant waves or obstacles.
Class II – Novice. Moderate rapids with regular waves, small drops, clear passages and wide channels. Occasional maneuvering may be required.
Class III – Intermediate. Moderately difficult rapids with larger irregular waves, often narrow channels. Complex maneuvering to avoid obstacles required.
Class IV – Advanced. Intense, powerful rapids requiring precise maneuvering in fast, turbulent water. Complex channels with many significant obstacles to be avoided.
Class V – Expert. Extremely long violent or obstructed rapids, often following each other almost without interruption. Drops may have large, unavoidable waves and holes or steep, congested chutes with difficult routes. Steep gradient.
Class VI – unrunnable

Classifications of river sections may change due to water levels.

For help in choosing a trip or any questions you might have please, call 1-877-ZIP-RAFT and our office personnel will be happy to assist you in putting together a successful river experience. Or, e-mail us at: info@coloradoadventurecenter.com.

Intermediate Rafting Trips

Express Zip Trip

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 888-494-7386 to Reserve
  • Meeting Time: 30 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Glenwood Springs
Book Your Trip Online 8:30 AM 10:30 AM  2:00 PM  

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 This trip requires special booking attention, please call us at: 1.800.970.6737 to book your adventure!

Team Bonding

Team Bonding
We offer personalized team bonding 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 specifically for you. Book Your Trip This trip requires special booking attention, please call us at: 1.800.970.6737 to book your adventure!

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 nearly a mile of zipline cable, you are bound to leave with a smile!
  • Requirements: 48 inches tall & 65 to 250 lbs. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Cost: $89 per person
  • Meeting Time: 30 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Idaho Springs / Dumont
Book your Zipline trip online! 10am 2pm  

Intermediate Raft & Zip Special

Intermediate Raft & Zip Special
Intermediate Raft & Zip Special Save $20! This Clear Creek Special 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. This popular raft & zip combination trip includes a delicious riverside lunch!
  • River Class: 3/4
  • Raft Requirements: 14 yrs. old
  • Zip Requirements: 48" tall & 65 to 250 lbs.
  • Cost: $136 per person
  • Trip Time: 9:00AM
  • Meeting Time: 45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Idaho Springs/Dumont
Book Your Trip This trip requires special booking attention, please call us at: 1.877.947.7238 to book your adventure!

Glenwood Canyon Downhill Bike Ride

Glenwood Canyon Downhill Bike Ride
Glenwood Canyon 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 adult / $25 youth (12 & under)
Book Your Trip This trip requires special booking attention, please call us at: 1.800.970.6737 to book your adventure!

No Name Special Raft & Zip

No Name Special Raft & Zip
No Name Special Raft & Zip This trip combines a half day trip on exciting class III 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 and thrilling ziplines across the scenic canyon high above the Colorado River. Includes a delicious Fresh 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, and are only available at our Glenwood Springs Basecamp.
  • Class: 2/3
  • Difficulty: Beginner / Intermediate
  • Minimum Requirements: 48" tall & 65 to 280 lbs.
  • Cost: $88 per person
  • Trip Times: 9AM & 10:30AM
  • Meeting Time: 45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Glenwood Springs
Book Your Trip This special is only available at our Glenwood Springs Basecamp. This trip requires special booking attention, please call us at: 1.800.970.6737 to book your adventure!

Vail Pass Shuttle Downhill Ride

Vail Pass Shuttle Downhill Ride
Vail Pass Downhill Bike Tour 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
Book Your Adventure Online 10 AM

High Adventure Tour

High Adventure Tour
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 "Indiana Jones" type 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 Time: 11:30AM
  • Meeting Time: 30 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Glenwood Springs
Book Your Trip Online 11:30 AM  

Zip & Leap Trip

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 Trip This trip requires special booking attention, please call us at: 1.877.947.7238 to book your adventure!
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