Whitewater Rafting Trips in Colorado

Colorado Rafting Trips

Whitewater rafting trips in Colorado offer some of the best wilderness adventures on the continent. There’s the Colorado River itself, running out of the Rocky Mountains and into the canyons of the Colorado Plateau.

Colorado also claims sections of the Green and Yampa rivers, which are major tributaries to the Colorado River. These rivers flow through forests and red rock canyons, past stunning beaches and through epic whitewater.

In the northwestern corner of Colorado, choose from two iconic river trips in the heart of Dinosaur National Monument. The Green River flows through the imposing Gates of Lodore and into a landscape straight out of a fantasy novel. The Yampa is a free-flowing river that runs through a bright white canyon like nothing else on Earth. The Yampa and Green meet in Colorado’s Echo Park, a confluence with great historic and geologic significance.

Farther south, Colorado’s namesake river slips through the pink sandstone and calm water of Ruby and Horsethief canyons. Stand-up paddle boards are popular here. Pair Ruby and Horsethief with Utah’s Westwater Canyon, just downstream to get the ultimate combination of relaxation and big whitewater splashes.

Whether you stick to a classic stretch on the Colorado River or test the waters of a hidden gem in Dinosaur National Monument, whitewater rafting in Colorado will not disappoint. Scroll down to learn more about our trips or give our office a call to book your trip today!

Colorado Rafting Gates of Lodore
Yampa River Big Joe Rapid Whitewater

4–5 Day Yampa River

Starting Price: $1,270
Minimum Age: 8
Meeting Location: Vernal, UT

Experience a truly wild waterway on the un-dammed Yampa River in northwestern Colorado. With stunning canyon scenery and a perfect blend of whitewater and calm water, the Yampa invites you to spend five days savoring a deep wilderness experience unlike any other in the Colorado River system.

Beautiful Lodore Canyon on the Green River

4 Day Lodore

Starting Price: $1,270
Minimum Age: 8
Meeting Location: Vernal, UT

Northwestern Colorado’s best-kept secret: Lodore Canyon lies deep in the heart of Dinosaur National Monument, cradling the Green River between pine-covered, red rock walls. Spectacular scenery, nonstop rapids, varied hiking trails, and peaceful campsites come together to create the ideal four-day whitewater rafting trip.

whitewater westwater Sam Starr

2–3 Day Westwater

Starting Price: $640
Minimum Age: 8
Meeting Location: Green River, UT

One of the most scenic whitewater rafting trips in Colorado, our three-day Westwater Canyon trip also includes Horsethief and Ruby canyons, part of western Colorado’s red rock playground. Plan three days for maximum relaxation, or come for a two-day whitewater whirlwind!

Ruby / Horsethief Rafting Trip for Beginners

Starting Price: $675
Minimum Age: 5
Meeting Location: Green River, UT

This calm and scenic stretch of the Colorado River is the perfect place to dip your toe into overnight rafting. Bring your family and join us for a 25-mile journey through the canyons of Ruby and Horsethief where you will experience an accessible adventure topped with gourmet meals, breathtaking views, and idyllic campsites. While you lounge on the raft, take a turn on the oars, or paddle an inflatable kayak or stand-up paddleboard, our guides will teach you about the environment, share stories, and lead hikes over this 3-day trip.

Scenic overlook of camp on the Yampa River

With such a myriad of experiences to offer, we’re sure to have the perfect Colorado rafting trip to offer you and your group. From your first call to our office, we make it our mission to ensure every detail of your trip is attended to and your expectations are exceeded.

Each trip is different and special, offering their own unique thrills, adventures, and breathtaking moments. And between all the exhilaration, you’ll find time to truly relax and reconnect with what is most important. That’s what the Holiday Way is all about.

“The Holiday Way” is an ethos we live by professionally and beyond. It all started with our founders, Dee and Sue Holladay, who built their company from a deep passion for wild places and for the individuals’ experience in them. They dedicated their life’s work to this passion, and they wanted to go about it the best way they could.

That meant being on the leading edge of environmental stewardship and abstaining from the use of motors for the preservation of silence, relying on human power over gasoline.

Our thorough, extensive training and efficient systems inform every aspect of our operations and maximize the experience in every way for our guests. We are proud to interpret the environment as well as know when to let the rivers and canyons speak for themselves.

Nearly 60 years later, Holiday remains family-owned and operated. Whether you’ve taken a Colorado rafting trip before or you’re considering it for the first time, you can trust you are in good hands with us.

Our helpful and passionate staff are available to answer any questions you may have and help you find the perfect trip for you and your group! Call us today and let’s get you on the water!

Featured Review:

“(As usual) all pre-trip planning and communication was outstanding. This was not our first trip, but it (was) the first time with the new reservations system and we were walked through the steps patiently and professionally.

5 trips in the last 6 years and nearly a dozen lifetime with Holiday has offered a unique perspective on their operations Vs other back country outfitters. We are fortunate to “be in the industry” and are able to access exceptional adventures and experiences through our network of providers nationally and internationally. Holiday River Expeditions is the (only) company we hire through the “normal” process as “off the rack”.

Year in and Year out the experiences are flawless. Yes, we have weather events or other random hiccups, but in the realm of what can be controlled, Holiday (always) delivers consistently exceptional programs to some of the most beautiful and sought after locations in the Western US. Par for the course, we have already begun planning next year and have a waitlist of family and friends who have seen an image or two who want to join.

AND THE GUIDES! Always stepping up are the Holiday Guides. This year was no exception… Nick, Zoey and Brayden were (all) off the charts with safety, service and knowledge. From geology, history and culture to fresh fish or filet mignon they served up the goods each and every day!”

– Adam Q, Yampa River Trip, June 2024

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