The Colorado River is a truly wonderful rafting experience that's perfect for all ages (3+). The Colorado River offers rafting near Steamboat Springs, CO. We meet you on the river about 1 hour South of Steamboat Springs. Depending on flows, the Colorado River is typically the closest rafting to Steamboat Springs. While the Colorado River is a beginner trip (class II- small III), it offers a rafting experience that is the real deal. The Colorado River is over 1,450 miles long, and will eventually carve out the Grand Canyon, and encompasses some of the most mysteriously wild and unexplored areas in the world.
Depending on flows, our half-day trips will cover between 5-10 miles. Give us a call and ask us how many miles you'll be floating on your trip.
The Colorado River and the Eagle River offer the closest rafting to Vail and Beaver Creek. We meet trips on the Colorado River about 45 minutes Northwest of Vail. We meet Eagle river trips about 20 minutes West of Vail.
Please give us a call and we can help you choose a trip that works best for you.
Yes, reservations are required. We are a smaller company so we do tend to book up, advanced notice is always a great idea if you have a tight schedule. We do offer same-day reservations when they are available.

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We meet you on the river. Due to river flows, we may change our meeting location. When you book your trip we will email you very detailed driving directions. Typically, we drive you up river in our vehicles and float you right back down to your car. We work hard to keep the van rides short and sweet.
On the Eagle River we meet you on the river, we hop in the rafts to enjoy some fantastic whitewater, at the end of the trip we will drive you back up to your vehicle at the end of the trip.
Everything you'll need to go rafting is included, such as:
- PFD's (personal floatation devices)
- Wetsuits (Eagle River only)
- Splash Gear (Eagle River & Colorado River in inclement weather)
- Helmets (Eagle River only)
- Duckies (two man inflatable kayaks) Duckies are totally optional, when you book your trip let us know if you might be interested. They're included on all our Colorado River trips at no extra charge (depending on flows). They offer a bit more adventure for those craving a bit more excitement.
A small land and river use fee will be calculated at the time of booking. All online reservations are charged a booking fee by our reservations software. All Refunds are subject to a small transaction fee.
It's important to note that gratuities are never expected, but always appreciated. If you enjoyed your trip please let your guides know. If you have any questions regarding fees or gratuities feel free to give us a call
Yes, on Colorado River Trips our age limit is 3+. Our age policy is implemented in order to provide the highest possible safety standards on all our trips.
If you have any questions about participants' ability to raft, please give us a call, we can work with your group to get a better understanding of their needs and requirements.
We're going to get wet one way or the other! Rafting in the rain can make for an unforgettable experience. We raft rain or shine! However, if your worried about the weather please call us to change or cancel your trip 24 hours before departure.
Nope, it sure doesn't! We are flattered by guests thinking our trips are seamless, but the river does not go in a circle.
Probably - We have a range of raft sizes that fit between 2-8 guests. Different raft sizes help ensure everyone is comfortable in their rafts. It's important to remember we are all out on the river together.

If you're interested in a private rafting trip from Steamboat Springs or Vail, please give us a call.
We get this question a lot! It's never guaranteed. Please mention your interest in the Golden's when booking your reservation and we will try our best to accomodate your request. We have many families and groups request them year after year.
However, some of our guests would prefer the Goldens' stay home, or have allergies. if that's the case, they will not come, they are returned to the office to take a cool nap in the shade. It's also important to note - somedays the dogs would rather take naps in the office or the warm sun and enjoy a few days of RandR.

Our doggos have hundreds, if not thousands, of commercial river miles, they help guests feel more at ease and comfortable on the rafts & in the water. They are our most requested guides! Please visit our instagram to see more photos of the dream team.
We understand things happen, we will do our best to work with every group and we will do everything we can to maintain flexibility. We require 24 hours advanced notice if you wish to cancel your reservation. If you cancel within 24 hours of your trip's scheduled departure you will be charged for your trip. All refunds are subject to a 4% transaction fee
Yes! We offer group and team discounts to groups over 10 people!

Rafting can be a great team building adventure! We try to offer all sports teams private trips. We work hard to never take 2 competing teams on the same rafting trip!
We will work with teams to the best of our ability to provide extra trip times, same-day trips reservations, and discounts.
Nope! Not having cell service or wifi allows us to be present in the moment and truly enjoy all of our rafting trips.
State of Colorado guidelines
If you are interested in a completely private trip for your group please call us 1-970-875-4494
If you, or anyone in your group thinks they may be experiencing symptoms please stay home. Please understand we are not medical professionals and cannot give you any medical advice other than; being sick on vacation is a bummer, and isn't fun for anyone. If you have a rafting trip booked call us and we will cancel your trip. We have a 24 hour cancellation policy and we understand things happen.
We will continue ensure all our high touch equipment is thoroughly cleaned throughout the day.

Whitewater Rafting Trips From Steamboat Springs & Vail

Rafting Trips depart daily. Halfday trips typically run from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM & 12:45 PM - 3:00/3:30 PM | Full day trips run 9:00 AM - 3:00/3:30 PM at this time we are asking guests bring their own lunches, we will provide a cooler and light beverages. Reservations are required.

Colorado River

Splash into the Colorado River in a raft or inflatable kayak! The Colorado River offers something for everyone, as a fun, splashy, and beautiful beginner whitewater rafting experience close to both Steamboat Springs and Vail. The Colorado river is perfect for the whole family. Come experience a scenic tour through the headwaters of the Colorado River today! We offer half day and full day depatures daily. Class I-III

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Eagle River

The Eagle River is one of Colorado's last truly untamed & undammed rivers in the state. The Eagle River's snow-melt rapids make for an exciting once in a lifetime experience. Continuous whitewater & adrenaline pumping rapids makes the Eagle River an adventure you shouldn't miss. Half day and full day departures daily dependent on flows (Spring Only). Class I-IV

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Saddles & Paddles

Pack your boots & bathing suit and saddle up for an unforgettable day of incredible mountain vistas on horseback, and an afternoon of splashy fun rafting down the Colorado River. We have exclusively partnered with a local Rocky Mountain Ranch to provide an unparalleled Western experience. Please give us a call for more details.

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From Our Family to Yours

Our family at Colorado River Guides takes pride in preserving the river’s natural ecology, as well as ensuring our guest’s safety on all trips. We are happy to help plan and reserve custom group trips for you family and friends. We are a small company, so advanced reservations are encouraged. Call us today and let our family take your family on an unforgettable rafting experience!

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Fun Trip With Raft & Ducky!

"The Colorado River Guides team is the best. They accommodated our small family group and gave us a great guide. We had a wonderful time on the river, with part of the group in the raft with (the guide) and my dad and I piloting a ducky with my 6 and 9 year old kids rotating in and out of the ducky during the trip. Lots of fun with a great guide in a nice easy section of the Colorado perfect for a family with young kids. We're definitely coming back and will plan on the more challenging white water trips when the kids get older. Thanks!"
-Jared M.

Great Rafting Trip with our Kids

"We were staying in Steamboat and wanted to avoid going back via Kremmling. Looked up rafting companies in the area and phoned a few. Brenda returned my call and was happy to have Paul take us on a trip the next morning. Driving down hwy 131 was scenic! It was a beautiful Colorado day on the beautiful Colorado River. Our wildlife sightings: 3 different bald Eagles, a muskrat, and a mink near the water. It was a safe trip to take our 2 Kids(both 7). Our kids really enjoyed having Lucy (Paul & Brenda's dog) along for the ride and enjoyed playing fetch with her. Thank you for a wonderful trip!"
-Liz, Ian, John and Sophia

Super Family Trip

"This is our second year to raft with Colorado River Guides, and just as much fun as the first. As a family of four, we chose to take two ducky boats (inflatable two person kayaks) with an adult and kid (9 and 12 year old boys) in each one. We loved being close to the water, getting wet on the rapids, but still having the guides right there to make sure we were taking the best path through the water. Great guides, emailed directions made it easy to get there, a nd the super mascot, Xena the amazing Golden Retriever! We would strongly recommend them for a family raft!"
-Shannon B.

Absolutely Awesome Day!

"I've white water rafted several rivers and had actually done the Eagle a few years ago. But the water today was Absolutely Awesome! Our guide was Paul. He is one of the best guides I've ever been with. He made all of us feel comfortable! I didn't think I would ever be able to make another white water trip but Paul made my dreams come true today. We took our 14 year old grandson on his first adventure and he loved it. Paul put my husband, grandson, and myself right at ease. He taught us the history, and geology, of the river all along the way. The rapids are perfect right now. Plenty of excitement for young or old. Thanks Paul for making my dream come true. Would recommend this for anyone wanting to try whitewater rafting."
-Beverly T.

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