Remember when you leave for you rafting trip from Steamboat Springs or Vail, it will be a bit cooler than where we meet you on the river.
So remember to dress in layers. Cotton is not your friend when it comes to rafting in the Rocky Mountains.
Dress in synthetic layers, shorts, t-shirt, bathing suits, hats, sunscreen, bottles of water, and light snacks, are all fantastic! Remember to bring shoes you don’t mind getting wet. Flip-flops aren’t ideal, you want shoes that securely stay on your feet.
Bring a camera! There is some dry storage on the boats, but we still recommend the waterproof disposable cameras, some people like to use their phones, we don’t recommend that, over the years we’ve seen more than a few phones accidentally dropped into the river.
If you've reserved a fullday trip during 2020 or 2021, remember to bring lunches for everyone in your group. We will provide a cooler which we clean daily, water to refill water bottles, and light beverages.
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.
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
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
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.
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 RiverBeginner Class I-III April-September
Child 12 & Under
|Halfday AM & PM departures||$70||$50|
|Saddles & Paddles||Call for Details|
|1/2 Day Private Trips *Subject to Availability||$100||$100|
Eagle RiverIntermediate Class II-IV May-June *Flow Dependant
|Halfday AM & PM departures||$90|
"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!"
"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
"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!"
"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."