Overnight Rafting Trips
A multi-day experience on the Upper Colorado River
Let’s go camping on the river! This is our all time favorite way to spend time with our friends and family. This fully guided and all-inclusive intimate overnight rafting and camping adventure takes place on the beautiful and pristine Upper Colorado River in between Pumphouse and State Bridge. Trip includes 2 full days of rafting and exploring and one beautiful night of river-side camping. Gourmet meals will be provided and cooked by your professional river guides and will include lunches on both days and 1 breakfast and dinner. Our overnight trips are small capacity meaning you will get the relaxation you need without hoards of other people around. Looking to extend your trip? Book an additional night/day and you will spend your second day at camp relaxing, fishing, hiking, exploring, swimming, or whatever your heart desires!
• Meet at the our boathouse at 830AM
• Gear up & meet your guide(s)
• Shuttle ride to Pumphouse on the Upper Colorado River
• River time with hikes, rapids, warm springs, & swimming
• Tasty river bank lunch served by your guides
• More river time and probable squirt gun drills
• Arrive at your pre-set camp
• Free time for fishing (Colorado license required), relaxing, games, & more
• Riverside dinner prepared by your guides
• Camp under the stars by the wild and scenic Colorado River
• Rise & shine; wake up to a hot, gourmet breakfast
• River time & rapids
• Tasty river bank lunch served by your guide
• River time & rapids
• Take out at State Bridge
• Shuttle back to the boathouse with arrival
Our overnight trip on the Upper Colorado River covers fourteen river miles over two days and is inviting to people of all ages. This rare gem has been a popular escape for private rafters for years and has been considered for the coveted National Wild and Scenic River designation. The National Wild and Scenic Rivers designation was created to preserve certain rivers with outstandingly remarkable natural, cultural, and recreational value in a free-flowing condition for the enjoyment of present and future generations. This varied landscape is home to all kinds of wildlife, including bald eagles, deer, beaver, and big horn sheep, there is always something to marvel at. The Upper Colorado River is located just south of the town of Kremmling, about an hour North of our office in Silverthorne. It is convenient to all the Summit County and I-70 corridor ski areas of Keystone, Breckenridge, and Vail.
Our staff are here to help you from beginning to end. Whether you are working with our reservations specialists to plan and prepare for your adventure, or traveling down the river with our experienced and friendly guides, you can rest assured that Colorado Rafting Company is looking out for you. That means you can relax and enjoy the scenery, company, food, and fun on your Colorado River rafting trip.
All- Inclusive Trip Package Includes:
CRC professional river guide
Shuttle service up and down the river
Lodging (tents, sleeping bags and all camping equipment)
Two lunches, one breakfast and one gourmet dinner all served riverside
All rafting/safety gear, and inflatable kayaks and SUP’s rented
Trip Package Does Not Include:
Clothing (See recommended gear under Trip Planning)
Insurance (Trip or Rescue)
Our staff are here to help you from beginning to end. Whether you are working with our reservations specialists to plan and prepare for your adventure, or traveling down the river with our experienced, certified, and friendly guides, you can rest assured that Colorado Rafting Company is looking out for you. We pride ourselves in maintaining a smaller operation where we can provide truly intimate Colorado adventures where we call you by your name and not just a number. Our Colorado River rafting guides are highly trained, experienced, and certified by the State. That means you can relax and enjoy the scenery, company, food, and fun on your Colorado River rafting trip.
What is the best time of year to go rafting on the Colorado River?
This depends on what you’re interested in. If big, exciting water is what your group is looking for, then high-water season is the best time. Mid-June to early July is traditionally the high-water season. When rivers run at their peak, it can make for a big ride. Keep in mind some sections may close due to high water conditions. Most people enjoy a normal run off-season, which is mid-May to late-August. Water levels and weather are very unpredictable, so book a date that best suits the group and be prepared for the unexpected. There really is no bad time to go white water rafting in Colorado.
Is there an age limit to raft on the Colorado River?
Yes. We have an age limit of 5 years old for the Colorado River trips. During times of high water, we typically bump the age limit to 7 years old. For all stand up paddleboard and inflatable kayaks the age limit is 12 years old.
Do I need to know how to swim to go rafting?
Nope! Except for advanced and expert trips, you can go white water rafting even if you can’t swim. Each person will be fitted with a Type-V Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device (life jacket) to be worn while on the river at all times. This life jacket is designed to float the wearer on his/her back with his/her head out of the water. Guests are instructed on the proper use of this life jacket in a safety orientation talk before departure. It does help to have some knowledge of swimming, especially in some of the more aggressive sections.
Should we tip our guide?
Our guides make a base wage similar to a bartender or wait person. General guidelines for tipping would be the same as for a bartender or a waitperson (15-20%). If you do believe in tipping, and the guide has proven to do a great job, it is a nice way to express your appreciation but only if you feel you had a safe, fun, and informative experience. If you did not have a pleasurable and adequate experience, we would appreciate it if you would please bring it to the attention of our management. Feedback and letters from our guests are greatly appreciated and helps us maintain the highest standard of customer service and appreciation.
What should I wear on a river trip?
Avoid cotton clothing, as it tends to get wet and stay wet – not to mention taking valuable warmth from your body’s surface. For rafting, bathing suits and shorts are recommended with comfortable, secure footwear. While not required, we do provide wetsuits, splash jackets, and booties at no additional charge. This equipment isn’t mandatory but it is designed to keep you warm. Towels are best kept in your vehicles at the office and don’t do you much good on the river because there is no way to keep them dry. For rafting and other activities your best bet would be materials such as wool, polypro, fleece, micro fleece, polyester, waterproof jackets, and any other outdoor material that dries fast. There is limited space on the rafts, so you should limit what you bring to what you can wear. Personal flotation devices (PFDs) are included with all rafting adventures and helmets on all Blue River trips. If you have any questions please give us a call and we can give you information so that you know what to expect and can plan accordingly.
Is whitewater rafting dangerous?
All our guides go through extensive training, basic first aid, CPR, and all river guides are certified by the state of Colorado. Rafting is an adventure sport and involves a degree of risk on the part of the participant. Although we take precautions to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable trip, we cannot be responsible for lost or damaged articles and/or personal injury. It is important for the group to choose a trip within their entire group’s limits. Colorado Rafting Company/Colorado Adventure Guides is committed to the safety of our guests. Due to the inherently dangerous nature of some outdoor recreation activities in the backcountry, all participants are required to acknowledge these risks by reading and signing a liability waiver prior to trip departure. All participants under the age of 18 must have a liability/health history waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. In addition to this form, the health history questionnaire must be filled out for each participant. All information submitted is completely confidential; it is for the guide’s use and would only be shared in the event of an emergency with medical and/or rescue personnel directly caring for the guest. It is Colorado Adventure Guides’ policy that all Emergency Contacts be a person over the age of 18 and not participating in the same guided trip or course.
What should we bring on our river trip?
For river trips you will want to bring a few towels to leave in your car; you’ll be happy to have something to dry off with after your adventure. Bring a change of dry clothes to leave in your car. Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, sunglass straps and hats that protect from the sun, and a camera to document the amazing memories. Bring water for pre-rafting and post-rafting hydration.. Remember, you’re in the Colorado Rockies, and it’s important to stay hydrated! We also suggest bringing cash to tip your guide. Please see our equipment lists for other activity specific gear.
Do we go rafting it it is raining?
The weather in the Colorado Rocky Mountains is very unpredictable and varies from mile to mile and minute to minute. Colorado averages over 300 days of sunshine a year. The odds are, the weather will be good. We run our outdoor activities in all weather conditions, rain or shine, and have gear available to help keep you comfortable, even in the worst conditions. Wetsuits, neoprene booties, and splash tops can really make a big difference and make your trip a pleasurable one. Don’t forget, you’re going to get wet rafting, even on the sunniest of days. Weather is not a cause for cancellation.
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