Rafting in Summit County

Posted by: admin June 24th, 2016

Looking for a thrill? White water rafting is the go-to experience this summer in Summit County.

The snow we spent so much time on this previous winter is melting in the High Country and desperately rushing for an escape. Rivers are rising fast and furiously. This time in the season is fast and dangerous. If you are looking to go rafting, do not go out there on inner tubes and assume you will be just fine. However, if you're looking for a thrill, sign up for a river rafting excursion with a local guide company for a safe(r) way to get the adrenaline pumping! 

Most of the companies based out of Summit County raft a section of the Upper Colorado River, just outside Kremmling in the Lower Gore and Red Gore Canyons. The drive can be long, but is a great way to relax and admire the absolutely gorgeous views. 

Summit-County-CO-Whitewater-RaftingSome Rafting outfitters have a few different locations to choose from, however the section of the Upper Colorado through Lower and Red Gore Canyons is a great experience for families, couples, retreats, etc. This section of river encounters class two and three rapids with plenty of calm sections and historical stops along the way. The Colorado River runs for about 1,450 miles starting in the Rocky Mountain National Park and ends around the Colorado River Delta near the Gulf of California. One of my favorite parts of this 12 mile section on the Upper Colorado is the abundance of wildlife you can admire along the way. Local rafting guides report seeing bald eagles almost every day. During the summer season there is a high likelihood of spotting river otters, beavers, muskrats, bears, bald eagles, gold eagles, and of course, fish.

During this time in the season, the Blue river and the Ten Mile river are also full enough to run. The Blue river has a few major obstacles and requires experience and knowledge of the river before launching. There are dangers out there that cannot be ignored, which is why you should never attempt to raft a river without a professional guide if you are inexperienced. 

Being on the river requires everyone to be attentive and active in their experience. As a participant, the guide will need your help to assure everyone’s safety, so make sure you are participating, paddling, and staying aware of your surroundings while out on the river! Enjoy this fun, fast paced, and exhilarating experience with one of our many local companies: Paddle Colorado, Timberline Tours, Mad Adventures, KODI, Liquid Descent, etc. 

If you are interested in planning a Summit County river rafting adventure, give the Frisco Lodge a call! We are an easy pickup point for all local rafting outfitters.