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Colorado Whitewater Rafting Adventures

About Us

As a small, intimate company we care about you – our guest – and the experiences you have with us. Our goal is to provide you with the staff for whitewater rafting

After years of working with some of Colorado’s largest rafting centers, Colorado Adventure Center’s Vice President, John Cantamessa, decided to start his own rafting company, one that would put guests first. The result was Colorado Adventure Center, a professional whitewater outfitter that cares about its guests and their experiences.

Today, we own Rock Gardens Rafting, Colorado Adventure Center, Glenwood Canyon Zipline Adventures, Colorado Canopy Adventures, and together, we form the Colorado Adventure Center. We operate out of three historic base camps to offer raft, ziplinebike, kayak, and river toy adventures.


All rafting guides go through intense training and are committed to the highest standards of professionalism. In addition, we use the most technically advanced outdoor gear including self-bailing rafts and kayaks, Type V personal flotation devices, front-suspension Trek mountain bikes, and more.

All CAC guides are fully certified within the State of Colorado and maintain current First Aid and CPR certifications. Some hold Swiftwater Rescue and Wilderness First Aid certifications, while others have more extensive training as EMTs and Wilderness First Responders.

Training ClassBecause Colorado Adventure Center is a family-owned company, we can provide you with the intimate service you deserve. It is important to us that every one of our guests goes home with a lasting memory of their experience with us. So come along and feel the spirit, explore the beauty, and live the adventure that is part of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

Colorado Adventure Center, Inc. (DBA Colorado Adventure Center, Rock Gardens Rafting, Glenwood Canyon Zipline Adventures and Colorado Canopy Adventures) operates under special use permits with the White River National Forest, Colorado State Parks (Arkansas River Headwaters Area), Clear Creek County and is an equal opportunity service provider.

Outfitters License #Z-0527

We are a proud member of the following organizations – C.R.O.A. (Colorado River Outfitters Association) – A.O.(America Outdoors) – A.R.O.A. (Arkansas River Outfitters Association) and abide by their codes of ethics and professionalism.


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