The Colorado River is a truly wonderful rafting experience that's perfect for all ages (3+) close to Steamboat Springs, CO. We meet you on the river 1 hour South of Steamboat Springs. This rafting experience 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 the Vail area. 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 choice 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.
Currently we don't offer online booking, but our reservation process is very simple, give us a call and we can get you reserved for the trip of a lifetime!
We meet you on the river. We drive you up river in our vehicles and float you right back down to your car.
On the Eagle River we meet you on the river, we hop in the rafts to enjoy some fantastic whitewater, we drive you back up to your vehicle at the end of the trip.
When you book your rafting trip, we will send you detailed directions and information about how to get to us.
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.
No, everything is included in our rates.
It's important to note that gratuities are never expected, but always appreciated. If you enjoyed your trip please let your guides know.
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 be an extraordinary 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 to 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 unless you specifically request one on your reservation. We have many families and groups request them year after year.
Some people don't enjoy the Goldens', 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.

Both Ernie & Xena 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 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.
Yes! We offer group and team discounts to groups over 10 people!

Triple Crown
We love our Triple Crown teams! We try to offer all Triple Crown teams private trips. We work hard to never take 2 competing teams on the same rafting trip!
We will work with teams 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.

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 full day trips include picnic lunch on the river. Reservations are required, please email or call us for specific trip times, directions, and meeting locations.

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

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 (May-June/July). Class I-IV

Saddles & Paddles

Pack your boots & bathing suit and saddle up for an unforgettable full day of incredible mountain vistas on horseback, a homestyle picnic lunch, and an afternoon of splashy fun on a float trip on the Colorado River. We love seeing the river from the back of a horse and the back of a boat all in one day! So we decided to share our love for Saddles & Paddles with our guests. Please give us a call for more details. Advanced reservations for our Saddles & Paddles trips are encouraged as they tend to book up!

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!

Rafting Rates

Colorado River

Beginner Class I-III April-September


Child 12 & Under

Halfday AM & PM departures $60 $45
Fullday w/lunch $100 $80
Saddles & Paddles $200

Eagle River

Intermediate Class II-IV May-June *Flow Dependant


Halfday AM & PM departures $90
Fullday w/lunch $125


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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