The Gunnison River has three sections of river, offering a variety of floating options. The Gunnison Gorge is a 14 mile trip with Class II - IV whitewater, depending on water levels. Stunning rock walls and deep canyon scenery make this a remote river with excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. The Dominguez to Escalante Canyon section features mellower whitewater - Class I and II, as well as fabulous scenery, petroglyphs, and geological features. This is a great section for inflatable kayaking. The remaining sections of the Gunnison are also Class I and II whitewater with abundant wildlife viewing opportunities.
North Platte River
The North Platte is one of the last free flowing rivers in Colorado. Raft trips are commonly two or three days, starting at 8,000 feet and descending through Class IV rapids of Northgate Canyon, and continuing through stunning spruce forests and fun rocky rapids. This river is runnable from May through mid-July, and is suitable for ages 14 and up. The North Platte is known for trout fishing and as a wilderness area, which leads to great wildlife viewing opportunities. Eagles, elk and even mountain lions are often sited while floating this beautiful river.
The Upper Colorado River offers mild Class II rafting, great for multi-age groups with kids ages 4 and up. The river flows out of Rocky Mountain National Park, near Steamboat Springs, CO. Floaters enjoy the beauty of the steep slopes and rocky cliffs, as well as the placid meadows and ranchlands. Trips range from half days to 2 days long. There are natural hot springs along the riverside, wildlife viewing opportunities, and dinosaur tracks to examine. Class II rapids are gentle and fun, a great introduction to whitewater rafting, especially for kids, seniors, and less adventurous newbies.
Boaters can find anything from roaring Class IV and V rapids to milder Class II and III sections, which are ideal for beginner and family trips. The upper Arkansas River is the most popular whitewater boating river in the United States. On any spring or summer day, hundreds of private and commercial rafters and kayakers will challenge the churning rapids or glide through the calmer sections of the Arkansas.