Shoshone Whitewater

Whitewater rafting the Colorado River’s Shoshone stretch is perfect for visitors to the Vail area and for Vail locals alike. This trip will take you through the gorgeous Glenwood Canyon, where rock walls tower above the river and hot springs abound in the lower section.

Shoshone Morning Rafting Trip

Along with amazing views, the Shoshone morning trip offers a mile of Class III rapids, followed by an incredibly scenic float. This stretch of river is a great introduction to whitewater rafting, and it’s fun for all ages. While floating Shoshone’s mild sections, you’ll encounter numerous spots to take a swim on hot days or start a water fight with other boats. When the morning Shoshone rafting trip is over, you’ll enjoy a cookout lunch served at the Timberline Tours private take-out.

Not a fan of rapids, or does someone in your group not meet the minimum age requirements? Guests doing the morning Shoshone trip can choose to skip the Class III rapids but still join in on the scenic float section of the trip and remain with their group through the cookout lunch at the takeout.

Shoshone Double Thriller: Two Times the Rapids (PM ONLY)

If you’re looking for a bit more intensity on the Shoshone rapids, we offer the Double Thriller, which is an afternoon-only trip offered daily. Run the one-mile stretch of Class III rapids two times! Our guides make sure this trip is filled with excitement by running the rapids differently each time, so you can try going through backwards or even spinning in a circle.

Minimum age and weight:

AM Shoshone:
8 years old and at least 50 pounds
AM Skip the Rapids:
6-8 years old and at least 50 pounds
PM Double Thriller:
12 years old and at least 80 pounds

Note: Age and weight minimums can vary depending on water level. Please call us to discuss closer to your trip date.





AM Shoshone:
Class III (Moderate, family-friendly)
PM Double Thriller:
Class III (Moderate, family-friendly)


AM trips:
Lunch included
$170 adult (13+),
$150 youth (7-12),
$130 child (6 & under)
+ 12% land use fee

PM Double Thriller:
$150 adult (13+),
$130 youth (7-12),
+ 12% land use fee

Approximate Door-to-Door Time:

AM trips: 8:30a-3:00p
PM Double Thriller: 1:30-5:00p

These times include driving, check-in, gear-up, and training. Time on the river may vary.


July through September


AM trips: Lunch served at Timberline’s private takeout.

All trips:
Paddling & safety training.
Required rafting gear.

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Rafting History: Vail
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