Rafting is one of the most exciting Breckenridge summer activities and there are quite a few rivers in and around Breckenridge that appeal to rafters of all abilities. The best months for rafting are May and June when the spring runoff is at its highest. There is also plenty of opportunities to raft throughout the summer either with a guide or with your own gear.
Here is a rundown of most of the floatable rivers around Breckenridge:
The Blue River: The Blue River has a pretty short season, usually May through early July before the flows go too low to raft. The Blue runs out of Silverthorne and offers exciting whitewater for those looking for a moderate adventure. The river runs through class 3 rapids and offers amazing views of the Gore and Williams Fork ranges. This river is the closest rafting to Breckenridge and is easily accessible with launches starting just north of Silverthorne.
The Upper Colorado: A little further up the road near Kremmling is the Upper Colorado, home to Gore Canyon, one of the most difficult stretches of whitewater in the state (mandatory 10 foot waterfall!). But just downstream is one of the more mellow and beautiful stretches of the river offering small rapids and jaw dropping scenery. The Upper Colorado is offers the perfect half or full day float for the whole family. Boat launches include Pumphouse, Radium, Rancho Del Rio, State Bridge and more. For anglers the Upper Colorado is a great spot to pull out a few lunkers.
Clear Creek: Clear Creek is a short and intense intermediate river that flows down steep drops through Clear Creek County near Idaho Springs. Class 3 and 4 Rapids make up the majority of this river offering nonstop action the whole way down. The easiest put in is right in Town Park in Idaho Springs. You can put in further upstream at Radium but that will increase the difficulty to 4+ rapids.
The Upper Arkansas: The Upper Arkansas is probably the most popular river to raft in Colorado’s central Mountains. Centered near Buena Vista and offers rafting for all ability levels. From the easy Milk Run starting in town to the lower sections, Brown’s Canyon for intermediates and The Numbers for experts there is something for everyone.
The Lower Arkansas/Royal Gorge: If you are an experienced rafter gear up and take a trip through one of the most challenging and rewarding sections of river in Colorado. Diving through one of Colorado’s deepest canyons, the Arkansas River cuts a fast path and offers class 4 and 5 rapids the whole way. Located near Canyon City this river is not for the timid!
By now you are probably thinking that visiting Breckenridge from somewhere else will make it challenging to get on any of these rivers. That’s ok though! You don’t need to bring anything except a bathing suit and some sun block to get on the river. Breckenridge has a few great companies that offer rafting on these rivers. You can book half and full day trips that have lunch included. All trips start in Breckenridge or Frisco and go out with experienced raft guides where safety is their number one concern. Commercial rafting makes it easy. All you need to do is bring yourself! Here are a few great local companies.
Breckenridge Whitewater: http://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/
Performance Tours: http://www.performancetours.com/
The Adventure Company: http://www.theadventurecompany.com
Good Times: http://www.goodtimesrafting.com/
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