You probably know the mountains aren’t just for winter fun. Sure, you have to wait a few months to hit the slopes again, but now is still a great time to visit the mountains for summer activities like hiking, camping, biking, zip lining, water tubing, stand up paddle boarding, and white water rafting.
If you’re planning a summer trip to Colorado, then you are lucky. Many of your favorite Colorado resorts have outfitters that lead guided rafting trips near them. Here is a list of a few resort towns, and some of the many river rafting opportunities near them.
Aspen & Vail: An excellent gateway to many of western Colorado’s great rafting adventures including the upper Colorado river in the Glenwood Canyon. Home to many different rafting opportunities. Whitewater Rafting, LLC is close to Vail in Glenwood Springs. They offer all kinds of rafting experiences, whether you are wanting to have an adrenaline filled ride, or a peaceful float. Check with the city of Vail other rafting companies to choose from.
Salida & Canon City: If you love to be off the beaten trail, Salida and Canon City are great places to visit for a slice of real western hospitality and mountain town experiences. Raft Masters offers several floating choices from here there that range, as they say, from mild to wild! Choose your starting point and your adventure with expert guides that will safely take you through.
Telluride: Adventure seekers should check BootDoctors Further Adventures Whitewater Rafting to experience all that awaits in Telluride! This rafting company offers more than rafting. They have guides and will outfit your group for a variety of thrilling water experiences like stand up paddle boarding and whitewater tubing.
Other states: Colorado is not the only place to get your whitewater fun, check out trips in Idaho, Utah and New Mexico too, provided by the largest and longest running river outfitter in the region, Bill Dvorak Expeditions. Enjoy the beautiful Rocky Mountains in the summer, not just when the snow is flying.
In many instances, rafting is for all ages to enjoy from the very young to those in the Greatest Generation, but start planning your summer trip now because not all trips are for everyone. Some trips require a certain age and still others require a certain level physical condition. Check with your outfitter of choice to find the experience – and the starting point – that’s just right for you.