Top 5 rivers for whitewater rafting near Breck

With phenomenal views, heart-pumping adventure, mining histories and miles of rivers to explore, whitewater rafting is an excellent way to discover all that Colorado has to offer. Whether looking for a laid-back, short scenic float, an adrenaline rush through whitewater rapids, or a multi-day trip, Breckenridge is a great base for your river rafting adventures. Nearby rivers include the Blue River, Clear Creek, Colorado River, Arkansas River and Eagle River. Here are a few examples of popular raft trips and outfitters based in Breckenridge.

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Blue River

The Blue River is just a few minutes drive from Breckenridge, located downstream from Silverthorne. Rafting here has a short but fabulous season. With breathtaking views of the Gore Range and about three miles of both continuous white water and calm water, a trip down the Blue offers a little taste of everything.

Clear Creek

Clear Creek is accessed off of I-70 in Idaho Springs, an old historic mining town with tales of the Colorado Gold Rush (about an hour drive from Breckenridge). Clear Creek offers beginner through to advanced rafting. We suggest making a full day of a trip to Clear Creak and exploring the historic Idaho Springs for a beer or bite to eat after a day on the river.

Colorado River

The Colorado is the longest river the southwest and offers something for every level of rafter. The upper Colorado is very scenic and calm, with natural hot springs and water ideal for beginners. Stand up paddle boarding is also popular here. Pumphouse to State Bridge is a popular Class II trip. Gore Canyon, on the other hand, offers Class V whitewater and is a thrilling and very advanced rafting excursion.

Arkansas River

Located south of Breckenridge, the Arkansas River is one of Colorado’s most popular rivers for whitewater rafting. Rafting here spans from Class II to Class V and includes the popular Brown’s Canyon and Numbers. Trips here also provide sweeping views of the Collegiate Range, some of Colorado’s highest peaks over 14,000 feet.

Eagle River

With water coming primarily from snowmelt and nearby Vail Mountain, spring is the best time to experience the Eagle. Both advanced and beginner trips are available on this river. The upper section includes Dowd Chutes, a more advanced rafting trip with fast rapids and drops, while the lower portion of the river is more relaxed and family-friendly.

Whitewater rafting outfitters in or around Breckenridge include: The Adventure Company, AVA Rafting & Zipline, Breckenridge White Water, Performance Rafting Tours and KODI Rafting.