Many people feel that Aspen is Colorado’s most beautiful mountain town. A popular ski destination in the Rockies, Aspen is also known for dining, nightlife, art galleries, shopping and for its rich and famous residents. The town is also home to the spectacular Maroon Bells, one of the most picturesque and most photographed mountain ranges in the world.
In addition to skiing, Aspen offers a wealth of warm-weather outdoor activities. And when it comes to outdoor adventures, white water rafting in Colorado is one of the best, most exciting and funnest adventures of all!
The Colorado River – The Colorado Adventure Center and Rock Gardens Rafting offers a number of white water rafting options, our closest being a variety of trips down the famous Shoshone Rapids in Glenwood Springs, where we also guide zipline adventures on our high ropes course at Glenwood Canyon Resort. The resort is less than one hour from Aspen, and is near world-famous hot springs — a perfect way to finish your day! View the map on this page to see your route to Glenwood Springs from Aspen.
The Arkansas River – Whitewater rafting the Arkansas River can be the adventure of a lifetime or a relaxing, scenic river trip — it’s your choice. A Colorado rafting trip on the Arkansas can accommodate all ages, all skill levels and all preferences, from a calm and relaxing beginner trip to exhilarating and challenging whitewater rapids.
Glenwood Springs’ Shoshone Rapids definitely offer the most convenient whitewater paddling to Aspen, and they’re exciting, no doubt! The Arkansas River is an adventurous choice if the scenic drive sounds like it would be part of the fun for your group. Enroute between Aspen and Denver, your choices also include:
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Colorado Adventure Center, Inc. (DBA Rock Gardens Rafting, Colorado Adventure Center, Inc.) operates under special use permits with the White River National Forest, Colorado State Parks, Clear Creek County and is an equal opportunity service provider.
All Lower Colorado River (Shoshone Rapids) and Roaring Fork trips offered through Rafting Colorado, a fully licensed and permitted outfitter.