The upper stretches of the Colorado River feature some of Colorado’s finest and most popular whitewater trips for rafters, kayakers, families, and large groups. Rancho Del Rio offers a wide variety of rafting trips on the Upper Colorado, from an easy half-day family trip to an ultimate whitewater adventure in Gore Canyon!


Upper Colorado River

The Upper Colorado River, between Rancho Del Rio and State Bridge is the best option for families with young children and anyone who wants fun, easy rapids, plus beautiful scenery. Enjoy frequent wildlife sightings and listen to guides tell of the story of the infamous “Three Fingered Willie”, a miner whose cabin can be toured during the trip. In the spring, when sunny weather tends to melt the incredible snowfall that the Vail Valley receives each winter, this is a great introduction to whitewater rafting.

  • Trip Length: 2 hours on the river
  • Rating: Class II (Beginner)
  • Season: May to September
  • Put In: Rancho Del Rio
  • Take Out: State Bridge
  • Equipment: Inflatable Kayaks are Available as well as Wet Suits, Booties, and Rain Gear

The Upper Colorado River trips are run by Colorado River Center located riverside at Rancho. To learn more or to book a trip, use the Read More link below to navigate to Colorado River Center.

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