Colorado, with its mountains and fast rivers, is a perfect rafting destination with at least eight rivers featuring plenty of great rafting routes, ranging from peaceful floating to high-adrenaline adventure. Even overnight rafting trips are available.
The Arkansas River in Central Colorado is among premium world whitewater rafting destinations. You can pass the iconic Browns Canyon National Monument and enjoy exciting class V thrills.
About 30 minutes from Denver, there is Clear Creek, which has plenty of rafting locations. Further north, Colorado River is suitable for all kinds of water trips. Eagle River near Vail, the Blue River, and the Dolores River also offer nice rafting.
Whitewater rafting season starts in May when the snow melts in the mountains and fills the rivers with water. The season runs through the end of August or September depending on location.