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, Colorado receives each winter, the Upper Colorado River provides a great introduction to whitewater rafting.

What to expect on the upper Colorado River

Our buses will meet you at the State Bridge Landing parking lot, where our 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 our boathouse on the Colorado River at Rancho Del Rio where you’ll get suited up in our top-of-the-line river gear including wetsuits, life jackets, splash jackets, helmets and neoprene footwear. 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 and car will be waiting for you. Water and snacks are included.

Telephone: 970.476.1414



Class II (Scenic, splashy float)


$125 / adult (13 & older)
$105 / youth (7 to 12 years old),
$65/ child (4-6 & min. 30 lbs.)
+ 12% land use fee

Approximate Door-to-Door Time:

AM: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

PM: 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

***Please be aware these time windows include driving to/from, check-in, gear-up, and safety talks.



May to September

Put In:

Rancho Del Rio

Take Out:

State Bridge


Required rafting gear included.

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.