Rafting near Vail, Colorado on the Colorado & Eagle River

Colorado River Guides has been enjoying the beauty of both the Colorado and Eagle Rivers in Vail, Colorado for almost 30 years. We are a small family owned company that enjoys sharing our love for the river and rafting with Vail locals and visitors alike. No matter if you are staying in Vail, Beaver Creek, Edwards or the Eagle area we would love the opportunity to share these scenic tributaries, mountain vistas, and splashy whitewater runs with you this summer. Our certified, experienced river guides will work hard to ensure you and your family feel safe and comfortable on our large rafts and inflatable kayaks (duckies).

Our Colorado River trips depart daily, beginning about 45 minutes Northwest of Vail and is the perfect raft trip for the entire family. Kids and adults alike love our splashy interactive duckies, while those looking for a more relaxed and scenic float will enjoy our larger guided rafts. The Eagle River (flow dependent) is fantastic for those looking for more excitement and adrenaline. The Eagle River’s snowmelt waters rush through the heart of the Vail area. Our Eagle River trips offer daily departures (May-June)and begin about 20 minutes from Vail, CO. Give us a call and reserve an unforgettable white-water rafting trip!

Don’t forget about our famous Saddles & Paddles trip, which includes a horseback ride, lunch and a rafting trip in one day!

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Rafting Trips depart daily. We meet you right on the river! Halfday trips typically run from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 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 about an hour South of Steamboat. 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. Our Saddles and Paddles trip meet on the Colorado river, about an hour South of Steamboat Springs. 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!


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


Family Float

"Our group of 9 included 5 children from age 4-11. Our guide Rich was SO great with the kids and made sure everyone had a great time. I can't say enough about this small business! We were able to drive to their meet up location in less than 45 min from Vail and were able to get in our car right after our float, which was longer than most of the more expensive floats. I highly recommend this company. Affordable, family oriented, provides inflatable kayaks for extra fun and AWESOME guides. Rich and Dana made the trip so much fun for us! Hope to float with you guys again!"
-Amanda B. (Tripadvisor)

Best Kept Secret in the Valley

"Wow! Today we completed our second trip with CRG and let me tell you, it was, once again, absolutely phenomenal! I absolutely love trips with these guys, Dana did our first trip 2 years ago and when I knew we were coming back to Vail this summer, they were the first thing I booked. I couldn't wait to get back out on the Eagle with them. The whole experience with them is top notch. This time, Paul, the owner, was our guide and he talked to us the whole way through telling us interesting stories about the landscape and history of what we were seeing and his direction of when and which direction to paddle made for a safe but still absolutely exhilarating trip. We were only 2 people and I'm sure it was a lot of extra work for them to get a trip together for us but, they went out of their way to give us a great day out on the river. I highly recommend this company, I can't imagine anyone not loving a trip with them and I might add that if you shop around, their price is better than anyone I've found or used before! We will be back and we look forward to more trips with this incredible 'mom&pop' operation. Thank you, CRG!"
-Coleen H (TripAdvisor)

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. (TripAdvisor)

Beautiful Rafting Trip

"We thoroughly enjoyed our rafting trip with Colorado River Guides. Excellent equipment and very family friendly. We stayed in Vail/Avon and went with our daughter and 3 grandkids, ages 7, 9 and 11. Our guide/rafter was Dana and she was outstanding. Clearly loved the outdoors and the river and was very adept at helping everyone, including some teenagers along with another family, in a most helpful and pleasant way. We used some 'ducks' or kayaks along with the larger raft and had lots of fun with them. The kids got a great kick out of that. Paul, one of the owners, is a great guy too, (he) got us started and then drove the van and trailer to pick us up. Beautiful scenery, fairly tame rapids but fun and enough for the kids to get splashed, which they loved."
-VirginiaOlderCouple (TripAdvisor)

Getting to us from Vail

Enjoy a beautiful 45 minute drive through Vail's surrounding resorts and mountain vistas, pass over crystal clear springs and snow-melt streams before decending into the beautiful Colorado River Valley.

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