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For most visitors to the Rocky Mountains, a whitewater rafting adventure is high up on their 'must do' vacation list.  

Winter Park is a great base for white water rafting with its' location between two of Colorado's top rated rivers: the Upper Colorado River & Clear Creek.  

Guests of Winter Park Lodging Company wanting to experience whitewater rafting will be spoiled for choice, and enjoy deep discounts with our partner companies, MAD Adventures & Stand Up Paddle Colorado.

Learn more about the whitewater rivers near Winter Park below, and start planning your next mountain getaway.

Which river adventure is right for you?


For a picturesque, family friendly day on the river, we'd recommend the gentler waters of the famous Colorado River, near Kremmling (about 1 hour's drive from Winter Park).

Referred to by the locals as 'The Upper C', this stretch of river serves up beautiful canyons, a mix of flat water and short & fun rapids (class II - III), riverside hot springs and various levels of jumping rocks, making for a full and fun trip for all ages. 

Suitable for all levels of experience, aged 4 years & up.


Located on the East side of Berthoud Pass (about 45 minutes from Winter Park), Clear Creek offers an action packed fun fest of whitewater (class III-IV) through the old mining town of Idaho Springs, with plenty of opportunities to catch a glimpse of wildlife such as Big Horn Sheep and river otter along the way.

If you're more into the heart pumping, thrills & spills kind of ride, Clear Creek is the spot for you.  

Clear creek raft trips are suitable for older children & adults.