Upper Colorado River

The Upper Colorado River is the best whitewater rafting trip in the Vail, Colorado, area for families with young children, older adults, and for anyone who wants to raft a fun, easy stretch of river. Plus, the Upper Colorado River delivers beautiful scenery. While rafting through mild rapids, you’ll enjoy wildlife sightings and learn more from your guides about the area’s history, flora, and fauna. In the spring, when sunny weather tends to melt the incredible snowfall that Vail receives each winter, the Upper Colorado River provides a great introduction to whitewater rafting.

What to expect on the upper Colorado River

Timberline buses will meet you at the State Bridge Landing parking lot, where guides will check you in and get you started on waivers while we wait for everyone to arrive. From there, we’ll travel about 10 minutes to the Timberline boathouse on the Colorado River at Rancho Del Rio, where you’ll get suited up in top-of-the-line river gear. Your trip launches here, and you’ll enjoy four scenic miles on the Colorado River until you reach the take out at State Bridge, where your dry clothes will be waiting for you.






Class II
(Scenic, splashy float)


$130 adult (13+),
$110 youth (7-12),
$70 child (4-6; min. 30 lbs.)
+ 12% land use fee

Approximate Door-to-Door Time:

AM trip: 9:00a–12:30p
PM trip: 2:00a–6:00p

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


May to September


Paddling & safety training.
Required rafting gear.

Learn More

What to Wear
Rafting Safety
Paddling Tips
Rafting History: Vail
River Ratings

Private trips can often be customized by speaking with our group coordinator.