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Colorado Whitewater Rafting Adventures

Summit County Colorado White Water Rafting

white water rafting coloradoSummit County is one of the most scenic counties in Colorado. To many, Summit County is Colorado’s high country, home to four world-class ski resorts and some of the most-visited mountain peaks in Colorado.

Though Summit County’s reputation was made by its world-class ski mountains — Arapahoe Basin, Copper, Keystone, Breckenridge and Vail are just minutes away — its warm-weather outdoor activities are just as fabulous. Visit for hiking, biking, fly fishing, horseback riding and the don’t-miss thrill of Colorado white water rafting.

Summit County, Colorado White Water Rafting Choices

All four rivers that the Colorado Adventure Center serves are convenient to Summit County, which is just 90 minutes west of Denver on I-70. Our Summit County, Colorado white water rafting options include:

The Blue River — The Blue River is Summit County’s only whitewater river and one of the few opportunities for high country river rafting in the state. Exquisitely scenic, this trip boasts gorgeous views of some of the highest peaks in Colorado, including the mountains of the stunning Gore Range. This is a great Summit County, Colorado white water rafting trip for those seeking a half-day adventure. Click on our Blue River page to learn more.

Clear Creek — Convenient to Summit County, Clear Creek rafting trips start in the historic mining town of Idaho Springs, on I-70 about 45 minutes east of Summit County. Our Clear Creek Summit County rafting trips include half-day and third-day trips for all ages and all levels. The Clear Creek page describes all your rafting options, including some fun rafting combinations such as a half day rafting trip followed by a thrilling zipline adventure.

White Water Rafting on Clear Creek near Summit County ColoradoThe Colorado River — 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 the chance to raft. Colorado River rafting trip options of many lengths and for all skill levels are available.

Arkansas River — This trip begins about 1.25 hours south of Summit County in Buena Vista, Colorado. Buena Vista means “beautiful view” in Spanish, and they’re not kidding! The 14,000-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.

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Additional Summit County Offerings

Vail Pass Bike PathSummit County rafting is surely one of the great adventures this area offers, but it’s only part of the fun. Beautiful Lake Dillon offers boating, sailing, fishing, sunning and the clear reflection of the astonishingly blue Colorado skies. There are numerous art and music festivals throughout the summer and fall, as well as charming towns to explore including Breckenridge, Dillon, Silverthorne (with factory outlet shopping) and Frisco. World-class dining, nearby national parks, the White River National Forest, hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing and Summit County rafting make Summit County the perfect Colorado destination.

For more information about Summit County, Colorado white water rafting choices and the adventures that await, contact us today and let us help you plan a memorable Summit County rafting adventure. 877-ZIP-RAFT

Local Adventure Trips

Blue River 1/3 Day Adventure

Blue River 1/3 Day Adventure
This gem of a river is Summit County's best kept secret! Alpine scenery is highlighted with stunning views of the Gore Range. As this rushing river narrows, you’ll plunge into two miles of continuous whitewater, requiring some light paddling and fun times for all. Due to its short running season please call for reservations.
  • Class: 2/3
  • Difficulty: Beginner / Intermediate
  • Minimum Age: 6 yrs. / 50 lbs.
  • Meeting Location: Frisco
 Book Your Trip This trip requires special booking attention, please call us at: 1.877.947.7238 to book your adventure!   Blue River trips are offered by Good Times Rafting, Inc.  

Narrows & Browns Canyon 2 Day

Narrows & Browns Canyon 2 Day
Set out on your first day for an exciting river rafting trip through the continuous rapids of the Narrows. Set up camp alongside the Arkansas River and relax with the smells of a gourmet dinner under the stars. Do not worry, we take care of all the cooking! Wake up to a hearty breakfast the next morning and get ready for an exciting full day in Brown’s Canyon. All meals are included. Camping gear rentals can be arranged.
  • Class: 3/4
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Meeting Location: Buena Vista
Arkansas River trips are offered by Good Times Rafting, Inc. Please call 877.947.7238 to book your trip!

Browns Canyon Half Day

Browns Canyon Half Day
A classic, this ½-day trip is one of the best in all of America. Granite canyon walls and fourteen-thousand-foot peaks are the backdrop for challenging rapids such as Pinball, Zoom Flume, Big Drop and others. Take a couple hours out of your day and explore one of the most classic whitewater stretches in Colorado.
  • Class: 3/4
  • Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate
  • Minimum Age: 7 yrs. / 50 lbs.
  • Meeting Location: Buena Vista
Arkansas River trips are offered by Good Times Rafting, Inc. Please call 877.947.7238 to book your trip!

Browns Canyon Full Day

Browns Canyon Full Day
This is the most popular full-day trip in Colorado, and for good reasons. Excellent for first-timers and experienced rafters alike, this pool-and-drop stretch of river is fun for just about everyone. Raft Browns Canyon and tackle classic rapids such as Zoom Flume, Widow Maker and Siedel’s Suck Hole. This collection of rapids makes Browns Canyon one of the best Class III-IV river runs in all of America. For lunch, we will stop in the canyon to enjoy a steak and chicken BBQ lunch, prepared on the spot by your guide.
  • Class: 3/4
  • Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate
  • Minimum Age: 7 yrs. / 50 lbs.
  • Meeting Location: Buena Vista
Arkansas River trips are offered by Good Times Rafting, Inc. Please call 877.947.7238 to book your trip!

Vail Pass Shuttle Downhill Ride

Vail Pass Shuttle Downhill Ride
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

Royal Gorge Full Day

Royal Gorge Full Day
Here the Arkansas River flows through the 1,100-foot-deep Royal Gorge, one of Colorado’s most popular natural wonders. While you are catching your breath between the incredible Class IV-V rapids, you can take in the stunning beauty of the gorge. At high flows (May-July) this trip is almost non-stop whitewater, and not for the faint of heart. The Royal Gorge is recommended highly for aggressive paddlers who are in good physical shape and know how to swim. This trip includes our famous BBQ lunch, prepared by your guide.
  • Class: 3/5
  • Difficulty: Expert
  • Minimum Age: 16
Arkansas River trips are offered by Good Times Rafting, Inc. Please call 877.947.7238 to book your trip!

Clear Creek Raft 1/3 Day Beginner

Clear Creek Raft 1/3 Day Beginner
Perfect for beginners, this 1/3-day trip offers lots of easy 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: $47 per person
  • Trip Times: 8:30AM, 10:30AM, 12:30PM, 2:30PM, 4:30PM
  • Meeting Time:  45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Idaho Springs/Dumont
Book Your Trip Online 11 AM 1 PM 3 PM

Clear Creek Raft 1/2 Day Intermediate

Clear Creek Raft 1/2 Day Intermediate
Great for experienced paddlers or aggressive first timers, this half day trip offers nonstop whitewater and is a great way to get a taste of what challenging whitewater is all about. Running such rapids as Nomad and Outer Limits, this section is sure to get your blood flowing!
  • Class: 3/4
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Minimum Age: 14
  • Cost: $57 per person
  • Trip Times: 8AM, 10AM, 12PM, 2PM, 4PM
  • Meeting Time:  45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Idaho Springs/Dumont
Book Your Trip Online 10AM 2 PM

Clear Creek Raft 1/2 Day Advanced

Clear Creek Raft 1/2 Day Advanced
The advanced 1/2 day trip 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. A Clear Creek Advanced 1/2 day trip is a great way to get the adrenaline flowing; and it’s the closest, most exciting option for those in the Denver and Summit County areas.
  • Class: 4/5
  • Difficulty: Advanced
  • Minimum Age: 16
  • Cost: $76 per person
  • Time: 8:30AM, 12:30PM
  • Meeting Time: 45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Idaho Springs/Dumont
Book Your Trip Online 12:30 PM

Numbers Full Day

Numbers Full Day
This extreme and continuous stretch of Class V water is for experienced and aggressive paddlers only. With almost 6 miles of continuous Class IV+ rapids, the Numbers is one of the toughest commercially run sections of whitewater in the United States. It’s not for everyone, but for those who take the challenge, it’s the trip of a lifetime! Rafters looking to run the Numbers must have previously rafted Class IV or V rapids, be in good physical condition, and be able to swim.
  • Class: 3/5
  • Difficulty: Expert
  • Minimum Age: 16
  • Meeting Location: Buena Vista
Arkansas River trips are offered by Good Times Rafting, Inc. Please call 877.947.7238 to book your trip!

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: 45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Idaho Springs / Dumont
Book your Zipline trip online! 10am 2pm  

Zipline & Intermediate Raft Trip

Zipline & Intermediate Raft Trip
Save $20! 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. 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 Times: 9:30AM & 10AM
  • 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!

Clear Creek Zip & Beginner Raft Trip

Clear Creek Zip & Beginner Raft Trip
Save $20! 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. This Clear Creek Special Beginner trip offers the perfect taste of zipping and whitewater, plus includes a delicious riverside lunch!
  • 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: $126 per person
  • Trip Times: 8:30AM & 10:30AM
  • Meeting Time: 45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Idaho Springs
Book Your Trip This trip requires special booking attention, please call us at: 1.877.947.7238 to book your adventure!

Clear Creek Zip & Advanced Raft Trip

Clear Creek Zip & Advanced Raft Trip
Save $20! 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 Trip 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 in Colorado. This combo trip is the closest, most exciting option for those in the Denver area and includes a delicious riverside lunch. Feel the thrill!
  • River Class: 4/5
  • Minimum Age: 16 yrs.
  • Zip Requirements: 48" tall & 65 to 250 lbs.
  • Cost: $155 per person
  • Trip Times: 8:30AM
  • Meeting Time: 45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Idaho Springs
Book Your Trip This trip requires special booking attention, please call us at: 1.877.947.7238 to book your adventure!

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!

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