Hello and Welcome to Rafting in Colorado!

This Colorado rafting website is the first-ever attempt to document the details of every section of every rafting river in the state of Colorado. We have limited the scope of this site to Colorado rivers that rafts might normally navigate. Rafting in Colorado can be done with an outfitter or with your own boat.


Colorado state map with each river location, and nearby towns and cities in Colorado.


Check out Colorado’s most popular white water rafting river – The Arkansas.


Help choose the right river and outfitter for your group. FAQ’s too!

We have listed a recommended outfitter on every commercially raftable section of every river in Colorado. Our recommendation is based on insider knowledge of Colorado’s quality rafting companies. Some sections of river don’t have outfitters recommended for them and this is usually due to limits such as lack of rapids, development, or lack of access. If a river section has an outfitter, we have a suggestion!

Please browse this site to discover the best place to go rafting in Colorado not only with a recommended outfitter but you can also discover all the details you need to know to run all of Colorado’s rivers on your own. More details like maps, photos and planning resources will be regularly added to this site as time goes on. It is definitely a work in progress! Check back often.

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Top Day Trip Rafting Rivers in Colorado:

Rank River Near Section Commerical Customers in 2011
#1 Arkansas River Buena Vista, Salida
and Cañon City
Also in proximity to Denver, Colorado Springs and Major Resorts
Top 4:
Browns Canyon
Royal Gorge
#2 Clear Creek Idaho Springs All Sections 60,000
#3 Animas Durango Lower Animas River 45,000
#4 Colorado (Upper) Glenwood Springs Glenwood Canyon 44,000
#5 Cache La Poudre Fort Collins All Sections 38,000
#6 Colorado (Upper) Kremmling Gore Canyon, Little Gore Canyon 33,000
#7 Taylor Crested Butte Taylor Canyon, Lower Taylor 14,000

Best Multi-Day Rafting Rivers In Colorado

Rank River Near Section Scenery
#1 Arkansas River Buena Vista, Salida
and Cañon City
Also in proximity to Denver, Colorado Springs and Major Resorts
All Sections Upper sections are high altitude, with high peaks dominating the horizon. Canyon scenery with large cottonwood trees lining the river. Lower sections are lower elevation, more high desert and rocky canyon scenery.
#2 Gunnison Delta & Montrose Gunnison Gorge Black granite canyon.
#3 Gunnison Delta, Montrose & Grand Junction Dominguez & Escalante Canyons Desert-like scenery, rolling hills and hearty shrubs.
#4 Colorado (Upper) Kremmling Little Gore Canyon Wide canyon, plentiful trees and other vegetation.
#5 Colorado (Lower) Grand Junction & Moab, UT Westwater Canyon Desert canyon.
#6 North Platte Walden & Steamboat Springs All Sections Wilderness scenery, large pine trees and rocky canyons.
#7 Yampa Dinosaur & Jensen, UT Yampa Canyon High desert scenery with high, red-rock canyon walls.
#8 Green Jensen, UT Gates of Lodore Large canyon scenery, high rock walls and trees.
#9 Dolores Cortez & Durango Ponderosa Gorge Rolling, wide canyon with red-rock cliffs and large Ponderosa pine trees lining the river.