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Colorado Whitewater Rafting Adventures

Expert Rafting

Our Expert Whitewater Raft Trips

River Trip Name Class Min Age Basecamp
Clear Creek 1/2 Day Advanced 4/5 16 Idaho Springs
Arkansas Numbers Full Day 4/5 16 Buena Vista

Expert Whitewater Rafting Information

Expert adventures are the pinnacle of whitewater rafting and the ultimate challenge. These adventures are just the thing for experienced and aggressive paddlers looking to take their whitewater experience to the highest level. Expert adventures are for people who feel very comfortable in and around water, and those who have whitewater experience. Expert whitewater rafting in ColoradoIn order to truly feel comfortable in expert whitewater you must know how to swim, have good physical conditioning and mental awareness, be aggressive and have the size and strength to perform a self-rescue if needed. The choice is yours and if you’re up to the challenge, expert whitewater can be exhilarating and very rewarding. For the most aggressive white water (high water), consider booking adventures for mid May through late June.

The best thing about running rivers in Colorado is the wide variety of difficulty levels you have to choose from. Whitewater 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 an adventure that is geared to the person with the lowest ability level. Remember, every river adventure is fun, even the most mellow experience.

Expert rafting on Clear Creek near DenverRafting rivers is more then just crazy whitewater and extreme excitement; it is the total experience that creates memories of a lifetime. A positive Colorado whitewater 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. However, 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 to accommodate everyone’s comfort levels.

Because difficulty levels for Colorado whitewater rafting adventures can vary depending on water levels and weather conditions, you will sometimes see two different ratings for an adventure. The rating will often increase (get more difficult) early season during peak water flows; this can be due to high water levels and/or cooler weather conditions. For more Expert rafting on the Arkansas Riverdetailed information about water levels and weather conditions, contact us or call 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 level. These factors, along with years of experience taking thousand of guests rafting, have gone into setting minimum ages. We reserve the right to refuse service based on a person’s age or ability levels. Minimum ages can change based on weather and water conditions.

Beginner=first timers, young children Intermediate=aggressive first timers, teens
Advanced=experienced paddlers looking for an adventure Expert=very experienced paddlers only

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 contact us and our office personnel will be happy to assist you in putting together a successful river experience. 877-ZIP-RAFT

Expert 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!

Advanced Raft & Zip Special

Advanced Raft & Zip Special
Advanced Raft & Zip Special 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: $158 per person
  • Trip Times: 9:00AM
  • 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!

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
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