Interested in a whitewater raft trip near Denver? We examine some frequently asked questions to help residents and tourists in the Denver area plan their next whitewater rafting adventure in Colorado!

Denver Whitewater Rafting Resources 

Where Can I Whitewater Raft Near Denver, CO?

There are several rivers that offer half day, full day and overnight rafting trips near Denver, CO. Some rafting trips are roughly thirty minutes away from the Denver metro area, while other rivers are a bit further.

Buena Vista, CO

The Arkansas River provides several rafting adventures available on the world class river. Roughly three hours away from Downtown Denver. The Arkansas River offers beginner and advanced whitewater rafting trips.

Getting to Buena Vista includes a scenic drive through sections of the Rocky Mountains. Located roughly three hours west of Denver, the Arkansas River provides some of the best whitewater rafting in the Western United States.

Idaho Springs, CO

Idaho Springs is located in the greater Denver-Aurora-Lakewood metropolitan area and provides the closest option for much of the metro area. Browns Canyon Rafting has an outpost in Idaho Springs for whitewater rafting options near Denver, CO.

While we recommend taking the extra time to enjoy the scenic drive and beauty of Chaffee County, our Idaho Springs outpost offers access to rapids in Clear Creek.


Are There Any Age Limits for Whitewater Rafting near Denver Colorado?

Yes – depending on the section of river, class of the rapids and length of trip different age limits exist. At Browns Canyon Rafting, our age limits range from a 4 year old minimum for the Family Float, to a 16 year minimum for advanced trips on Pine Creek Class V rapids.  Some Class I & Class II sections of rapids may have a minimum age of four or five years old. However, more advanced sections of whitewater river rafting may require participants to be at least sixteen years or older and be in good physical condition. Make sure that all members of your party meet the minimum age, weight and physical requirements for whitewater rafting.

Is Whitewater Rafting Safe for Young Individuals & Senior Citizens?

At Browns Canyon Rafting, we like to say that we have adventures for those from 4 to 94 and offers a fun adventure filled activity for the kids, parents, grandparents and great-grandparents.

If an individual has a physical disability or has suffered injury in the past, please address the disability on the waiver form. Communicating this information to the raft guides helps create a safer environment for all parties involved. Our company requires good physical conditioning for advanced whitewater rapids.

How Long Do White Water Rafting Trips Near Denver Last?

Browns Canyon Rafting provides trips from a few hours, half-day and multi-day trips. Our staff is happy to cater to Colorado rafting trips for the afternoon, or for multiple afternoons. Regardless if you’re in the Rocky Mountain State for a few days or have lived here for a few decades, our experienced whitewater rafting guides offer the perfect rafting adventures to those looking for a memorable experience in the Denver area!