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Whitewater Rafting on the Roaring Fork

The Aspen Snowmass whitewater rafting season runs from May until October.  In the early season the rivers are raging during the spring snow melt. With several world famous rivers right out your door, the rafting can range in difficulty from a flat water float appropriate for families to Class 5 rapids for the true adventurer.

The Roaring Fork River provides multiple sections of rafting for everyone.  The Lower Roaring Fork features incredible views as you raft Class II and III rapids from Carbondale to Glenwood Springs.  The Upper Roaring Fork River designates as stretch from Woody Creek to Basalt with Class III rivers and plenty of adventure.  Both stretches of river are run in the early half of the season with May typically having the fastest water.

The Colorado River and the famous Shoshone Rapids  –  Raft through Glenwood Canyon and experience Class III rapids such as “Superstition”, “Pinball” and “The Wall”.  This section is relatively short so some adventure enthusiasts will raft it multiple times.

For those seeking bigger rapids, check out the Numbers Section on the Arkansas River.  With a 6 foot waterfall drop, this section is rated Class 4 and is appropriate for those 16 years and older.  A bonus for this trip is the scenic drive over the 12,000 foot independence Pass on the way to and from the river.

Whitewater rafting is a great outdoor activity to try during your next Snowmass vacation.

  • Aspen Whitewater Rafting 866-37-RIVER (1-866-377-4837)
  • Blazing Adventures   1-800-282-7238

We recommend two rafting companies Blazing Adventures and Aspen Whitewater Rafting, depends on your abilities, time, and availability. We recommend to book with either company before arrival to the Timberline Condominiums or day of check-in with the Timberline’s Front Desk. Contact: 970-923-4000

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