Celebrate Outdoors: Top 3 Rafting Party Ideas

Got a reason to celebrate this summer? Timberline Tours loves customizing private rafting trips and outdoor celebrations of all kinds, from relaxing family gatherings to getaways with friends. Of course, we think that rafting is a great way to celebrate any occasion—but birthdays, wedding parties, and reunions are our top three picks for celebrating on the river. Since many people can fit into a single raft, rafting is naturally a good fit for group celebrations. Plus, any adventure becomes more memorable when it’s shared with family and friends.

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If you’re planning a party this summer, make it a rafting party. It’s easy: All you need to do is get a group together, book the private rafting trip of your choice, and our guides take care of the rest. Timberline Tours transports guests to and from the river, outfits everyone with rafting gear, and guides your group through an amazing outdoor experience. We’re also willing to work with you on custom lunch and snack options, too, so that your river celebration stands out above all the rest.

Get rafting party ideas here, and then call Timberline Tours to plan and book your trip: (970) 476-1414.

For All Ages: The Rafting Birthday Party

Turn a birthday into a river adventure by choosing a rafting trip as the highlight of your special day. Timberline Tours offers a variety of rafting trips, so you can choose the level that best fits with your group. Our Upper Colorado River rafting trip is a scenic, splashy float, which is great for guests of all ages who want to relax and enjoy mountain views while a guide does the paddling. And for birthday celebrations that involve kids and families, the Rafting and Dinosaur Discovery trip is a great choice. An educational adventure like no other, this trip combines rafting on the Upper Colorado River with an afternoon fossil dig at the Fossil Posse camp.

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If you prefer to celebrate a birthday with a more adrenaline-filled whitewater experience, Timberline Tours also guides group rafting trips for highly adventurous and athletic paddlers. Throughout the summer, Timberline’s Class IV whitewater trips including Dowd Chute/Upper Eagle in the early season and The Numbers from late-June through mid-August. For even more intensity, our class IV/V trips, Pine Creek/The Numbers and Gore Canyon, will really get your heart pumping.

Wedding Adventure: The Rafting Bachelor or Bachelorette Party

There’s no better way to celebrate love than with a little river love in the mix. Timberline’s Class III (intermediate, family friendly) rafting trips are often a good fit for wedding parties when varying ages and ability levels are involved. Our full-day Browns Canyon rafting trip involves an incredibly scenic drive from Vail to the Arkansas River, where you’ll experience classic Colorado whitewater in an area that has been designated a National Monument. For those who prefer a half-day rafting trip, Shoshone is a good option with morning and afternoon availability.

Upper Colorado River Rafting

If you want to step up the adventure for a bachelor or bachelorette party, our Class IV (advanced, high intensity) trips including Dowd Chute/Upper Eagle and The Numbers are a good fit for group trips. These rafting trips require athletic paddling that can be continuous for extended stretches of river. And if that isn’t sounding like your idea of fun, then how about Rafting and Wine Tasting? This trip mingles river adventure with local flavor, beginning with a relaxing Upper Colorado River float trip that’s followed by a visit to 4 Eagle Ranch, where you can socialize with friends while sipping wines handcrafted by the local Vines at Vail Winery.

Meet Up: The Rafting Reunion Weekend

Vail is an amazing place to celebrate any kind of reunion, from family reunions to gatherings with friends. And rafting is the perfect adventure to add into the mix of any reunion. Several different rafting trips could be a good fit for your group, depending on the kind of experience you’d like to have on the river, from relaxing float trips to adrenaline-filled whitewater paddling.

Timberline Tours offers guided Duckies trips in Vail Colorado - photography by Doug Mayhew | WhiteWater-Pix.com

The Upper Colorado River is a good choice for reunion parties that span a wide age range, and we can accommodate a variety of adventurous options. On private Upper Colorado River rafting trips, we can also work with you to include duckies (inflatable kayaks) and stand up paddle boards (SUP) in addition to rafts. Duckies and SUPs can test the balance and skill of the more adventurous people in your party while others can sit back and enjoy the scenery with a guide in the raft.


Timberline Tours is the Vail-area’s premier whitewater rafting and backcountry jeep tours outfitter, also offering stand up paddle board (SUP) and duckie river trips on Colorado’s Eagle, Colorado, and Arkansas Rivers. All of our guided trips are open to Vail, Colorado visitors, locals, families, and corporate groups.

To book your Vail, Colorado adventure, call Timberline Tours at (970) 476-1414, or email us at info@timberlinetours.com.