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Trip Upper CO River Rafting
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Raft a scenic stretch of the upper Colorado River, or opt to go by inflatable kayak or stand-up paddleboard.

Let’s go camping on the river! This is our all-time favorite way to spend time with our friends and family, powered by Colorado Adventure Guides and Colorado Rafting Company. This fully guided and all-inclusive overnight rafting and camping adventure takes place on the beautiful and pristine Upper Colorado River in between Pumphouse and State Bridge. The trip includes two days of rafting and exploring and one beautiful night of river-side camping. All meals will be provided and cooked by your professional river guides. We haul all the gear and set camp while you enjoy your evening on the river.
 
Our overnight trip on the Upper Colorado River covers fourteen river miles over two days and is inviting to people of all ages. This rare gem has been a popular escape for private rafters for years and has been considered for the coveted National Wild and Scenic River designation. This section of the Colorado River offers scenic views including meadows, valleys, rolling ranch lands and steep canyon walls. This varied landscape is home to all kinds of wildlife, including bald eagles, deer, beaver, and big horn sheep, there is always something to marvel at.
 
Upper Colorado River Rafting provides mild Class I-II rapids and occasional Class III rapids at higher water flow. Join us in a raft or head down river for some intimate river exploration on one of our inflatable kayaks or stand-up paddleboards! Feel free to bring the entire family on this journey, as there is sure to be something for everyone.

Note: Group departure options below. Private trips are also available for your group of 6 or more (see FAQ).


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Itinerary
Itinerary
  • 1
    Day number 1
    • Meet at the Silverthorne Boathouse
    • Gear up & meet your guide(s)
    • Shuttle ride to Pumphouse on the Upper Colorado River
    • River time with hikes, rapids, warm springs, & rock jumps
    • Tasty river bank lunch served by your guide
    • More river time and probable squirt gun drills
    • Arrive at your pre-set camp
    • Free time for fishing (Colorado license required), SUPing, kayaking & more
    • Riverside dinner prepared by your guide
    • Camp under the stars by the wild and scenic Colorado River
  • 2
    Day number 2
    • Rise & shine to a hot, gourmet breakfast
    • River time & a visit to the endearing riverside community of Rancho Del Rio
    • Tasty river bank lunch served by your guide
    • River time & rapids
    • Take out at State Bridge
    • Shuttle back to the Silverthorne boathouse
Trip Package Includes
 
  • CRC professional river guide 
  • Shuttle service from Silverthorne boathouse to river
  • Lodging (tents, sleeping bags and all camping equipment)
  • Two lunches, one breakfast and one gourmet dinner all served riverside
  • All rafting/safety gear, inflatable kayaks and SUP’s
  • Campsite games
  • 20% discount code at evo.com (exclusions apply)
Trip Package Does Not Include
 
  • Transportation to Silverthorne boathouse
  • Clothing (See recommended gear under Trip Planning)
  • Guide gra­tu­ity
  • Travel insurance (we recommend World Nomads)

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Area Information

Summit County and Beyond


Colorado Adventure Guides and Colorado Rafting Company is permitted to operate in a variety of terrain from Summit County to several adjacent counties, which allows us to access a variety of zones. This adventure takes place on the Upper Colorado River located just south of the town of Kremmling and about an hour north of the CAG/CRC office in Silverthorne, CO.
 
Trip Planning

Trip Planning

Below is a list of required and recommended equipment for your adventure. Dressing properly and having the correct equipment will help Colorado Adventure Guides provide a safer and more fun experience for your group. Though we cannot control the weather, we can make sure that you are prepared for whatever conditions we encounter in this mountain environment. Remember, the weather can change quickly and drastically.

For any outdoor activity it is a good idea to be prepared. Always avoid cotton clothing, as it tends to get wet and stay wet – not to mention taking valuable warmth from your body’s surface. For rafting, bathing suits and shorts are recommended. While not required, we do provide wetsuits, splash jackets, and booties at no additional charge. This equipment isn’t mandatory but it is designed to keep you warm. Towels are best kept in your vehicles at the office and don’t do you much good on the river because there is no way to keep them dry.  For rafting and other activities your best bet would be materials such as wool, polypro, fleece, micro fleece, polyester, waterproof jackets, and any other outdoor material that dries fast. There is limited space on the rafts, so you should limit what you bring to what you can wear. Personal flotation devices (PFDs) are included with all rafting adventures. If you have any questions please give us a call and we can give you information so that you know what to expect and can plan accordingly.

Required Equipment
Recommended Clothing etc
FAQ
FAQ
  • Where does this adventure take place?
    The Upper Colorado River is located just south of the town of Kremmling, about an hour North of our office in Silverthorne. It is convenient to all the Summit County and I-70 corridor ski areas of Keystone, Breckenridge, and Vail.
  • I need local accommodations. Do you have recommendations?
    We partner with a variety of lodging solutions in Summit that offer amenities to suit the outdoor enthusiast and offer special rates to our course and trip participants. If you are looking for accommodations please let us know!
  • What COVID-19 policies do you have in place?
    We are here to help you navigate these evolving times and provide answers to all of your questions where possible. We are tracking the most up-to-date info for you and as things continue to change we will continue to update questions surrounding the reopening of outdoor recreation in Colorado. You can go rafting in Colorado under the current regulations. Outdoor recreation is completely open in Colorado and masks are no longer required for outdoor activities. With extra sanitation precautions on any shared equipment and a totally open-air experience, rafting can be your go-to summer adventure. Colorado Adventure Guides has detailed COVID-19 Policies & Procedures, for more information please see https://www.coloradoadventureguides.com/keeping-up-with-covid/. If you would like to speak to one of our staff and hear more about how we are changing our operations in response to the pandemic, please give us a call at 970-893-8007.
  • Can I book a private trip?
    Yes! If you've got a group of 6 or more people and would like to book a private trip, please let us know.
  • Do I need any prior rafting experience?
    Nope! This trip is family-friendly and designed for folks of all ages and experience levels.
  • Is whitewater rafting dangerous?
    All our guides go through extensive training, basic first aid, CPR, and all river guides are certified by the state of Colorado. Rafting is an adventure sport and involves a degree of risk on the part of the participant. Although we take precautions to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable trip, we cannot be responsible for lost or damaged articles and/or personal injury. It is important for the group to choose a trip within their entire group’s limits. Colorado Rafting Company/Colorado Adventure Guides is committed to the safety of our guests. Due to the inherently dangerous nature of some outdoor recreation activities in the backcountry, all participants are required to acknowledge these risks by reading and signing a liability waiver prior to trip departure. All participants under the age of 18 must have a liability/health history waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. In addition to this form, the health history questionnaire must be filled out for each participant. All information submitted is completely confidential; it is for the guide’s use and would only be shared in the event of an emergency with medical and/or rescue personnel directly caring for the guest. It is Colorado Adventure Guides’ policy that all Emergency Contacts be a person over the age of 18 and not participating in the same guided trip or course.
  • Do we go rafting if it’s raining?
    The weather in the Colorado Rocky Mountains is very unpredictable and varies from mile to mile and minute to minute. Colorado averages over 300 days of sunshine a year. The odds are, the weather will be good. We run our outdoor activities in all weather conditions, rain or shine, and have gear available to help keep you comfortable, even in the worst conditions. Wetsuits, neoprene booties, and splash tops can really make a big difference and make your trip a pleasurable one. Don’t forget, you’re going to get wet rafting, even on the sunniest of days. Weather is not a cause for cancellation.
  • What if I need to cancel or reschedule?
    evo defers to Colorado Adventure Guides + Colorado Rafting Company’s cancellation and rescheduling policy. Rescheduling will be honored 48 HOURS PRIOR to guided adventures. An administrative fee of 10% will be assessed for all rescheduling. Refunds will be honored for cancellations of more than 48 HOURS PRIOR notice to guided adventure start date. An administrative fee of 10% will be assessed for all cancellations. All activities are Rain or Shine. In case of operational cancellation due to adverse or unsafe conditions prior to start time, first we will attempt to reschedule. If rescheduling is not possible, you will receive a full refund. Operators, including guides in the field, reserve the right to shorten or reroute activity in the case of unmanageable hazards or inability of guest to complete the objective. Completion of objective-based routes is not guaranteed.
  • What is the maximum number of guests on the trip?
    There is a maximum of 14 guests for this trip.
  • Is there a minimum age required for this trip?
    We will accept par­tic­i­pants 5 years or old­er, if they are accom­pa­nied by a legal guardian. You must be 18 years or old­er to attend a trip on your own.
Testimonials
This was the best rafting trip I have ever been on. The guides knew everything, were extremely safe and also a ton of fun. The overnight was the best part and brought the experience to the next level. Our camp was set up and amenities were top notch! I definitely recommend these guys and thanks Colorado Rafting Company, see you next year!
Thomas
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If you are looking for something fun for the entire family this is the place. Safe, friendly, and tons of fun! I would highly recommend!
Katie
Trip Guest
We went on a full day float/whitewater rafting trip with Pete in the upper Colorado River. Beautiful scenery, perfect rapids for first-timers and Pete was so much fun! Would 100% recommend and our kids wanted to go again the next day!
Jennifer
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