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Whitewater rafting recomendations in CO?

PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2009 4:06 pm
by WarPony
Well, we are going back to Colorado next month for vacation. Last year we rafted the Arkansas River through the Royal Gorge and loved it!! It was our first time rafting.

I've been doing some research but can't make up my mind on which river to shoot. I'm leaning toward the Animas but am open to suggestions for some other class III-IV rivers. We don't have kids so that won't be a consideration but would like a one day trip because we do have a couple of dogs and they can't be left alone while we do a multi day trip.


PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2009 7:38 am
the wildest ride I've had was somewhere south of Breckenridge and north of Colorado Springs. If I remember right it was some sorta Canyon. It was a guided trip and the biggest water I've been in. When they took the pic you didn't see much raft just people sticking out of the water. It was a 5' wave with a 10' drop on the other side. :?

PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2009 9:27 am
by Ivar the Red
The Animas is great. If you go to Durango, some of the companies offer rail and raft package deals. You ride the D&SNGRR into the canyon and raft back down. There are some good III's and IV's that way, maybe even a V or two, depending on the snow melt and when you go. There are several companies in and around Durango...this is the one we used...

(this one you ride back to Durango...but I think some offer the option to raft back)

Good luck and have fun!!!

PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 12:41 pm
Jeff Just figured out what trip we took that was so good it was Brown's Canyon. Lots of 3's and 4's. ... rado.shtml


PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 3:24 pm
Gary that looks fun ! :lol:



PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 9:22 pm
by WarPony
RAYVILLIAN wrote:Jeff Just figured out what trip we took that was so good it was Brown's Canyon. Lots of 3's and 4's...

That is the one we saw on last years vacation. Cool trip, the river ran right along I-70 and the canyon walls were stright up on both sides......... beautiful country.


PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 9:01 pm
by queeniejeanne
The headwaters of the Arkansas have been pretty good the last two years, just out of Salida, Co......Then you have all the off road stuff in and around Beuna Vista, like Tin cup pass., high clearance only....two for one deal in that area of CO...have fun...will be there in Sept/oct ourselves..always when the aspen turn....aspen ridge is awsome and the town of Vicksburg. Queenie Jeanne

PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2009 11:54 am
by mollyteardrop
I live in Canon City, so the Gorge is a favorite, water is running about 2,000 cfs right now! But since you have done that trip, one we really like is outside of Kremmling, CO...on the Colorado. You can do the wild ride through Gore Canyon or put in after that for an easier trip. There is also a great trip on the Colorado outside of Grand Junction called Westwater, or look into trips on the Colorado in Moab.
Rafting...just such great fun!

PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2009 3:20 pm
by WarPony
We have decided to do the Colorado in Brown's Canyon first then head SE and do the Arkansas near Buena Vista. Not sure of the companies we'll be using but we'll see when we ge there. There's quite a few to choose from.


PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2009 3:43 pm
by mollyteardrop
Have a great time! There are lots of companies and they all have comparable prices. Ask about 'The Numbers'....really difficult ride.
Enjoy the Collegiate Peaks and BV! Look into the Mt. Princeton Hot Springs. Beautiful, located close to some chalk cliffs, big hot springs pool with other smaller pools built right into the cold stream so you sit in the hot but can jump into the runoff of the stream. Pretty great!