Top Colorado Rivers For Rafting

River Rafting Colorado


Ok brah there dozens of rivers to raft in Colorado but here is a list of top rivers to ride.

  1. Roaring Fork- It runs through the beautiful Aspen Valley and ranges between class II-IV rapids. The river is gorgeous because it’s lined with big boulders, cottonwoods, pines and aspen trees. The rocking time only lasts about four weeks so make sure you time it right when spring runoff is kicking.
  2. The Dolores- An off the beaten path tributary to the Colorado River located in the San Juan mountain range with class I-IV rapids. This river is special because of really short season, petroglyphs, slick rock and numerous canyon hikes throughout.
  3. The Colorado- The name says it all, this is an iconic river with class II-IV rapids. The upper is a nice float with amazing views of eagles and wildlife. The lower has more exciting rapids particularly in Glenwood Canyon. There are also hot springs in some of the pocket water so keep an eye out for that!
  4. San Miguel- This runs through Telluride and has class II-III rapids. Perfect for a family trip or an easy float the best time to hit this is during spring run off when it’s running high.
  5. Lower Eagle- Running down the Vail Valley eventually into the Colorado River with class II-III rapids. This river starts with a lush alpine and then into big open valleys which is perfect for a family trip or the beginner kayaker.
  6. Animas- This upper part of this river is straight loco with class IV-V for miles running through Silverton towards Durango. If you’re not looking for the crazy paddling wave train thrill ride then stick to the lower portion of the the river that runs through Durango and is a nice class II-III.
  7. Gunnison Gorge- The “Gunny” offers a outstandingly scenic 14 mile stretch that will take you two day with class II-IV rapids. Did I mention this is also a gold metal stretch of fishing water? This is perfect trip for everyone with rapids, fishing, hiking, and beautiful scenery.
  8. Lodore Canyon on the Green River- Running through Dinosaur National Monument this is yet another great family trip with class II-IV rapids.
  9. The Royal Gorge of the Arkansas River- This is the quintessential rafting river with class III-V rapids. This river has it all, wave trains, ledges, dips, even photographers onlooking from the bridge while you scream your face off all the way down this blast of a raft trip.

Well there you go, some of the better rafting options in Colorado now you just have to go out and get some!

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