Adventure River, Whitewater Rafting Trips | Ski Resorts Near Aspen Colorado

Whitewater Rafting

Adrenaline Rush


Looking for a thrill-seeking, heart-pounding adventure? Schedule a day for whitewater rafting in Aspen.

Riding the currents that flow down the mountains is exhilarating and makes for an unforgettable family experience. The best part? You don’t have to do any preparation. Before you get in the raft, your guide takes you through the entire process – how to use your equipment, how to paddle, and how to sit in the raft. Of course, they also explain what to do if you take a spill!

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Popular spots to whitewater raft around Aspen:

Rafting experiences differ by difficulty and length. Whether you want to enjoy a short float with your family or test your strength on a wild, full-day adventure, Aspen has the answer for you.

Browns Canyon

Whitewater rafting in Brown's Canyon is a favorite summer activities of many Aspen visitors. This particular section of the Arkansas River features a full day's worth of Class III rapids sure to give you a burst of adrenaline. This adventure is recommended for rafters with at least a small amount of rafting experience.

Upper Roaring Fork

The Upper Roaring Fork is a great location for intermediate rafters. You can expect to take around five hours to raft downriver, and all rafters will need to paddle at medium intensity through the boulder garden and the rapids known as Toothache, Pipeline, and Sledgehammer. The stunning view of Woody Creek Canyon makes this rafting adventure well worth the trip.

Lower Roaring Fork

Rafters with a moderate amount of experience will enjoy a rafting adventure along The Lower Roaring Fork of the Colorado River, where you'll find breathtaking views of Mount Sopris and the Western Slope of the Rocky Mountains. This route is classified as a Class II-V difficulty course, meaning you'll experience a range of paddling necessity through moderate-sized rocks as well as long drops and steep gradients through forceful currents. This course is recommended for avid rafters who are seeking a thrilling outdoor adventure.

Slaughterhouse Falls

The name says it all. Slaughterhouse Falls is a thrilling course intended for only the most experienced rafters, but if you decide to take advantage of the trip down the Roaring Fork River, you'll be rewarded with some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Just a five-minute drive from downtown Aspen, Slaughterhouse Falls is popular among avid whitewater rafters seeking a heart-pounding adventure that creates memories that will last a lifetime.

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3 Reasons to Go Whitewater Rafting in Aspen This Summer

Are you on the fence about whitewater rafting? Curious to know what it's like? If you're in need of motivation to try whitewater rafting for the first time, read on to see our list of reasons you need to go whitewater rafting in Aspen this summer.

A Fun Aspen Adventure

The best reason to go whitewater rafting: adventure, plain and simple. Rafting among some of the picturesque views Colorado offers on your trip down the river is sure to become one of your favorite memories of the great outdoors.

A Fun Team-Building Exercise

Whether with a corporate team or as an exercise for couples, whitewater rafting builds trust and nurtures relationships. Schedule your next team-building exercise out on the water and reap the benefits of employees who are energized, engaged, and excited to work alongside one another.

For couples seeking their first big adventure together, whitewater rafting is a great choice. Whether you've been together for 10 years or 10 weeks, you'll enjoy spending time in the great outdoors together while cultivating teamwork.

A Fun Exercise Routine

Are you trying to get in shape? Whitewater rafting is one of the most fun yet effective ways to lose weight. You'll target arm muscles while paddling and build core strength all while having fun.

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