One of the the largest ski areas in North America, Vail is one of Colorado’s top ski resorts and a prime winter destination for people from all over the world. But the Vail Valley is just as beautiful and desirable during the other seasons of the year when visitors can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, biking, horseback riding, fly fishing and amazing whitewater rafting. Colorado visitors will discover Vail’s famed restaurants, spas, hotels and shopping.
Within a few short miles of Vail lies some of the best whitewater river rafting in Colorado. Don’t miss out on experiencing an outstanding Colorado rafting trip, the memories from which will last a lifetime!
From Vail, rafting trip options include full, half-day and short trips for beginner and intermediate rafters as well as Colorado rafting trip options for hardcore, expert-level whitewater enthusiasts. The Colorado Adventure Center rafting trips are appropriate for all ages and skill levels. Whitewater river rafting near Vail can be an ideal family activity or the perfect team building and leadership training activity for business meeting and convention attendees. Most of all, a Vail, Colorado rafting trip is great fun!
Our Vail rafting options include:
Colorado River in Glenwood Springs — This trip on a popular river stretch called Shoshone Rapids offers fun for everyone in your group. Our basecamp at Glenwood Canyon Resort is just an hour from Vail with easy access on I-70. Consider adding a zipline adventure to your day by booking a Raft & Zip combo trip.
Clear Creek — Our Clear Creek rafting trips meet at our office in Dumont/Idaho Springs, Colorado, about a 1.25-hour drive from Vail. Clear Creek offers half-day and third-day river trips for everyone from first-timers and beginners to intermediate and advanced whitewater adventurers. The Clear Creek Beginner trip is perfect for families and large groups with varying abilities; everyone will have fun, and you’ll also enjoy exploring the historic mining town of Idaho Springs and Mount Evans, a 14,000-foot mountain that features a paved road all the way to the top and almost certain wildlife viewings on the way.
Arkansas River — This Vail rafting trip starts with a drive of about 1.5 hours to the mountain town of Buena Vista. 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 breathtaking. Along with the thrill of rafting the most popular river in the U.S., the surroundings help make the trip even more worthwhile. Buena Vista is a town worth visiting — and don’t miss the two fabulous hot springs just outside of town.
When in Vail, rafting isn’t your only opportunity for an unforgettable mountain adventure. The Colorado Adventure Center offers fabulous zipping trips as well as zipping and rafting combinations..
Zipping and Rafting Combo
From Vail, rafting and ziplining can be combined in one day with a Colorado Adventure Center’s zip and raft combination. Your Vail zipline and rafting choices for these combination packages include: