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Rafting is where it all started for Blazing Adventures and remains the root of our business. We pride ourselves on having the most experienced whitewater rafting guides in Aspen Snowmass.

We invite you to experience some of Colorado's best whitewater trails with guides who live and breathe river life. Let us share our passion with you, your family and friends. Our goal is to offer you an experience that will follow you for a lifetime!

There's something for everyone on three nearby rivers: the Roaring Fork River in the heart of Aspen, the Colorado River that flows through the spectacular Glenwood Canyon, and the Arkansas River that offers a beautiful drive over Independence Pass.

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The Upper Roaring Fork is the most popular rafting trip in Aspen! The Upper Roaring Fork is a perfect mix of gentle swimmers and exciting rapids.

SKILL LEVELS:advanced beginner

MY AGE:8-10 (flexible)


$125 for adults, $115 for childrenplus 10% wilderness use fee


Slaughterhouse is the ultimate Aspen whitewater experience! Hang on to the six-foot drop above the famous Slaughterhouse Falls. Aspen Premium Summer Experience Tour.

SKILL LEVELS:Extreme - advanced

MY AGE:Adults (16+ only)

(Video) Roaring Fork Scenic Rafting Adventure


$130 for adultsplus 10% wilderness use fee

The pitchfork rumbles below

The Lower Roaring Fork rafting trip is great for young children, older guests and anyone interested in ecology and wildlife. This soft part is a family favorite!

SKILL LEVELS:Intermediate - beginner



EARLY MORNING TRAVEL: $155 for adults, $145 for childrenplus 10% wilderness use fee. Includes a barbecue lunch.

COST: $135 for adults, $125 for childrenplus 10% wilderness use fee.

Browns Canyon

Browns Canyon offers a scenic drive over Independence Pass followed by a great day of class III-IV rafting through one of America's newest National Monuments!

SKILL LEVELS:Advanced - Intermediate

MY AGE:10-12 (flexible)


$160 for adults, $150 for childrenPlus10% wilderness use fee

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Duckies inflatable kayaks

Test your paddling skills on one of our inflatable kayaks, the so-called "Duckies". This ride is a hit with adventure seekers and beginners alike.

SKILL LEVELS:Advanced - Intermediate

MY AGE:10-12 (flexible)


$900 (1-3 guests), $300 for each additional guest

**This trip can only be booked as a private adventure**

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The Shoshone section of the Colorado River is an ideal rafting experience for the whole family. Enjoy breathtakingly beautiful water and breathtaking views of Glenwood Canyon on this popular tour!

SKILL LEVELS:advanced beginner

(Video) Aspen Whitewater Rafting | Roaring Fork, Colorado and Arkansas Rivers

MY AGE:4-12 (flexible depending on flow)


EARLY MORNING TOUR: $155 for adults,$145 barnplus 10% wilderness use fee. Includes a barbecue lunch.

COST: $135 for adults,$125 barnplus 10% wilderness use fee


Numbers are an exciting part of rafting on the Arkansas River. Enjoy an amazing drive over Independence Pass on your way to and from Numbers.

SKILL LEVELS:Extreme - advanced

MY AGE:Adults (16+ only)


$150 for adultsplus 10% wilderness use fee

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Triple Shoshone

Our Triple Shoshone Rafting trip is so much fun that we cross the rapids not just once, not twice, but three times! Three laps through the rapids of the beautiful Glenwood Canyon on the Colorado River.

SKILL LEVELS:Advanced - Intermediate

MY AGE:8-12 (flexible)


$135 for adults, $125 for childrenplus 10% wilderness use fee

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(Video) Rafting the Upper Roaring Fork River

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Frequently asked questions

+ Why go rafting with Blazing Adventures?

Blazing Adventures is Aspen's original rafting company. We were founded in 1973 and have been involved in rafting for a long time! Our customer service, training and expertise are second to none. Raft with the best Blazing Adventures!

+ What should we wear during rafting in Aspen?

Fleet leaders live by the motto "Cotton is rotten." Leave the cotton wool at home for this adventure. Swimwear and quick-drying t-shirts are your best friends. We have quick dry river shirts in our Aspen and Snowmass offices. Stop by before your trip or call the office and we'll bring them to you.

Cameras are great before and after you're on the water. During rafting, we strongly recommend that you leave your camera on the bus. You will get wet!

Change clothes. You're wet again. It's nice to have dry clothes with you for the trip home.

What we deliver:

(Video) Rafting the Roaring Fork River like a local

  • Life jacket or personal flotation device
  • To steer
  • Neoprene suit when it's cold
  • Neoprene shoes for your feet

You can bring your own river shoes as long as they have heels and stay on your feet. Flip flops are not allowed.

+ When is the best time of year for rafting in Aspen?

Fortunately, rafting in Aspen is great from May to October. However, depending on when you visit us, we have different recommendations. Our highest flows are usually in early June. This is also the case when the water is close to its lowest temperature. Later in the summer, the currents decrease and the water temperature rises. Two of our rivers are fed by dams, allowing us to operate controlled rivers and quality rafting until October. Below are the recommended parts depending on the season:

May to mid-July- We recommend the Roaring Fork River. Sections include abattoir (IV), upper forks (III) and lower forks (II).

from mid-July to August– We recommend the Colorado River or the Arkansas River. The Colorado River sections are Shoshone (III) and Grizzly (II). Parts of the Arkansas River are Numbers (IV) and Brown's Canyon (III).

SeptemberWe recommend only the Colorado River.

+ How to determine the minimum age for rafting?

We set the minimum age based on height and overall ability level for that age. Minimum age may vary depending on current conditions and river flows. We understand that every child is different. If you have any questions about your child's eligibility based on their size and ability, please give us a call, we'd love to talk!970-923-4544

"Of all the rafting companies in the area, I would highly recommend Blazing. You won't regret this amazing, life-changing experience!”

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"It was the best experience. Our raft guide was amazing. She was so good to my 8 year old son. She let him row, helped him swim in the river and answered all his 100 questions with a smile on her face. We had the best time and highly recommend Blazing Adventures.”

Turbo J

“All the equipment is nice and it was so easy and convenient to get to and from the water. The best company in the area!"

Charlotte P

“We drove the Upper Fork and it was amazing. We are from Miami, Florida and this was our first time rafting and it exceeded our expectations. Our guide was a lot of fun, but it was clear that he was experienced and knowledgeable and that he stood his ground.” . Our safety is our top priority. I can highly recommend it.

Michael H

"We had a great time rafting with our 4 teenagers! Each of us had an unforgettable time enjoying the beauty and adventure. For many of us this was the highlight of the trip!”

Krista P

"Our rafting on the river was fantastic. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and made the trip very fun. This is an adventure not to be missed in Aspen.”

Jan A

"I was impressed with the way our river rafting guide took care of the children on board."

Jessica R

"Me and my 5 children aged 10 to 18 went rafting for the first time. Blazing Adventures made sure we had a guide who was good with the kids and had a great time."

Steve W

what to bring

  • Wear your bathing suit with a dry pad over it – quick-dry shirts are available for purchase.
  • suntan lotion
  • Croakies or tie to secure sunglasses
  • Shoes or sandals that you don't have a problem getting wet in and that stay on your feet. (We recommend wearing our included neoprene boots)
  • Cash for tips for tour guides
  • For cold weather we offer life jackets, neoprene boots, mudguards, helmets and diving suits

Cancellation policy

To receive a full refund, cancellations must be received more than 72 hours prior to scheduled travel. You have the option to purchase a trip cancellation guarantee for an additional 10% of your bill, which allows you to cancel up to 19:00 the night before your trip and receive a full refund. All cancellations after 7pm the night before your trip are charged 100%, regardless of whether you have a cancellation guarantee or not. If you choose not to purchase the cancellation guarantee and arrive within 72 hours, you will be charged 100%.

(Video) Roaring Fork Rafting 2019


What class rapids is the Roaring Fork River in? ›

The river flows through 3.8 miles of Class III rapids. The section known as the Middle Fork was once only a meandering scenic rush of water, now transformed by nature and man to create big and powerful waves, holes and drops.

What class rapids is the cheat river? ›

The Cheat River

The Cheat Narrows offers Class II-III rapids that satisfy beginner and experienced paddlers alike.

Can you float the Roaring Fork River? ›

An alternative to rafting the Colorado, the Roaring Fork River presents river runners with a jumble of bumpy Class II and III whitewater. To float the lower section of the Roaring Fork River from Carbondale to Glenwood Springs, launch boats under the intersection of Highways 82 and 133 or go rafting and kayaking.

What is the difficulty of river rafting? ›

River rapids are classified from Grade I to VI depending on the degree of difficulty they present in manoeuvring a Raft/ Kayak/ Cataraft through it. GRADE I: Easy, small waves. No obstacles. GRADE II: Moderate difficulty with clear passages.

Can beginners do Class 3 rapids? ›

Class 2-3 (Easy/Beginner):

This is an ideal level for most, not too scary for most beginners. You definitely get wet and it's fun and exciting.

What do Class 3 rapids look like? ›

Class III Whitewater

Rapids with moderate, irregular waves. Complex maneuvers in fast current and good boat control in tight passages or around ledges are often required; large waves or strainers may be present but are easily avoided.

What river has the most Class 5 rapids? ›

Cherry Creek—Upper Tuolumne, California

A whopping 15 Class V rapids punish paddlers from mid-summer to September, because the high flows of spring make Cherry Creek too dangerous. Be prepared for drops, undercurrents and lots of boulders on this tough and technical section.

What do Class 4 rapids look like? ›

Class IV: WILD

Rapids are long and unpredictable with large waves and narrow passages.

How hard are Class 5 rapids? ›

Class V: Extremely difficult, long, and very violent rapids with highly congested routes, which should be scouted from shore. Rescue conditions are difficult, and there is a significant hazard to life in the event of a mishap.

How deep is the Roaring Fork River? ›

However, the deepest point on the river is located at the Roaring Fork River Near Emma with a gage stage of 7.64 ft.

Can you wade at Roaring river? ›

Most points along Roaring River are bank accessible. Handicapped areas are available in several places. A short section between the fish cleaning station and the bridge on Hwy F is designated for catch and release and wading. Wading is not allowed in some sections.

What fish are in Roaring Fork River? ›

It is known for its large rainbow and brown trout, averaging from 12 to 18 inches in length. During the winter months, this part of the Roaring Fork has a reputation for harboring some of the largest whitefish in Colorado. To float the lower river, launch boats at Carbondale under Highway 133.

Should you go rafting if you can't swim? ›

The short answer is yes; rafting trips are safe for non-swimmers. While there is always a risk of injury in any outdoor activity, rafting is considered a safe sport for people of all ages and abilities. Additionally, most rafting tours include a safety briefing and a guide trained in first aid and CPR.

What is the most difficult white water rafting in the United States? ›

Gauley River (West Virginia)

West Virginia's Gauley River is one not to miss if you're an experienced whitewater rafter. Its stretch of Class V+ rapids is one of the most difficult in the country. Gauley River is the heart of East Coast rafting culture and a destination for rafters from around the world.

Can beginners do white water rafting? ›

Practically anyone can have a good time white water rafting as long as they choose a stretch that matches their skill level and come equipped with all the right information. Read our tips below to prepare for your first white water experience.

Can beginners do Class 2 rapids? ›

Beginners can enjoy this type of water. Class 2: Some rough water, maybe some rocks, might require some maneuvering. Basic paddling skills are needed to enjoy this type of water.

Are there Class 7 rapids? ›

Class VII and VIII Rapids

There are plenty of narrow passages, long and quite difficult rapids, and very turbulent water in a Classes 7-8. This for the advanced rafting enthusiast as it requires precision maneuvering.

What do Class 1 rapids look like? ›

Class I rapids are defined by moving water with small waves that tug at the boat in a downstream flow - it's a relaxing way to spend the day. Rafting trips on class I whitewater are generally labeled as "scenic float trips".

Are Class 3 rapids OK for kids? ›

Class III Whitewater

Due to moderate difficulty, younger children shouldn't be riding the class III rapids. With many irregular waves (4-5 feet high) and tumultuous water, strong adventurous older kids and teens will love these! Water will definitely crash over the boat and everyone will get wet.

What happens if you fall out white water rafting? ›

What happens if you fall our while white water rafting? If you fall out of the raft, don't panic! Your PFD (personal flotation device) will keep you on the surface, make eye contact with your guide and try to swim back to the nearest raft! Most importantly, make sure you do not stand up in the river.

What is the easiest whitewater class? ›

Class 1- easy level

This is the level that represents river waters that flow over minimal obstructions. There is minimal risk for the rafter. This would be suitable for a float-trip with no whitewater.

What is the hardest river to whitewater raft? ›

Upper Tuolumne River (Cherry Creek), California

Cherry Creek is the gold standard for Class V and is the hardest section of commercially rafted whitewater in the United States. Rapids like Mushroom (V), Toadstool (V), and Lewis's Leap (V) challenge even the most experienced river guides.

Where is the number one white water rafting in the US? ›

1. Colorado River, Arizona. Colorado River, located in Arizona, is the best destination for whitewater rafting. This beautiful river flows between the Grand Canyon, which is so huge that it amazes you.

What is the world's strongest rapids? ›

Through the Slingsby Channel flows the world's strongest current, the Nakwakto Rapids, that has been measured at speeds up to 18.4 miles per hour. The current is so fast at times, that people have tied a rope to Turret Rock, which is located right in the middle of the rapids, and then water-skied.

What are Class 6 rapids? ›

Class VI: Extreme and Exploratory Rapids

If a river is classified as Class VI it is extremely dangerous. These runs have almost never been attempted and often exemplify the extremes of difficulty, unpredictability and danger. The consequences of errors are very severe and rescue may be impossible.

How intense are Class IV rapids? ›

Rapids that are at the lower or upper end of this difficulty range are designated Class IV- or Class IV+ respectively. Extremely long, obstructed, or very violent rapids which expose a paddler to added risk. Drops may contain large, unavoidable waves and holes or steep, congested chutes with complex, demanding routes.

What class are the Ocoee rapids? ›

The Ocoee is a quick-moving, fun and splashy river that contains mostly Class III and IV rapids. It consists of two sections: the Upper Ocoee, which has Class II-IV rapids and includes the 1996 Olympic slalom course, and the Middle Ocoee, which has four miles of Class III and IV rapids.

What class of rapids are the hardest? ›

Rafting trips are broken down into different classes, using the International Scale of River Difficulty (ISRD) rating system. These begin with Class I (less difficult) to Class VI (most difficult) and consider the elements of the river and the skill level needed to raft it.

What are rapids rated in Grand Canyon? ›

Grand Canyon rapids are rated on a 1-10 scale. Flat water is 1 while tough rapids like Lava Falls or Crystal can be rated 10 at certain water levels. A 10 rating in the canyon is roughly equivalent to a Class V in the standard river scale.

What class are the Niagara rapids? ›

Most of the Niagara River's waters are graded as Class I.

Although the whitewater is runnable (probably a Class IV), that would mean ending up over the falls at the end.

How long does it take to go through Roaring Fork? ›

About Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

You can take a fairly quick drive along the trail or you can spend time pulling off the trail to take photos and enjoy the mountain scenery. You should expect to spend at least 2 hours on the tour.

What time is happy hour at Roaring Fork? ›

Happy hour is offered Tuesday-Saturday from 4-6 p.m.

Is the Roaring Fork River catch and release? ›

Rules for the Roaring Fork

Catch and release and artificial flies only for section from McFarlane Creek (about 3 miles above Aspen) to Upper Woody Creek Bridge (between Basalt and Aspen).

Can you swim in Roaring River? ›

Roaring River is one of Missouri's most popular state parks, with 4,294 acres of hiking, fishing, camping, swimming, and more. The park is located in a deep, narrow valley home to the Roaring River.

Can you catch and release at Roaring River? ›

Trout fishing is allowed from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Fridays through Mondays. Catch-and-release fishing only. (Fishing permit and annual trout permit required.)

Where is the best place to fish in the Roaring Fork? ›

The designated Wild Trout Waters of the Roaring Fork run from Hallum Lake (located in Aspen) all the way downriver to Upper Woody Creek Bridge (found between the towns of Aspen and Basalt). Cutthroat., Rainbow, and Brown trout are particularly plentiful along this section of the Roaring Fork.

What animals live in the Roaring Fork River? ›

Many species of wildlife rely on the river corridor for their survival, making it a great place to view elk, bald eagles, osprey, great blue herons, moose, mule deer, and more.

Are there bass in Roaring River? ›

Bluegill, channel catfish, largemouth bass are proven stocking combination that provides both food and sport-fishing. When stocked in this order and properly managed, these species provide great fishing and good eating.

What should you not wear rafting? ›

Most white water rafting veterans avoid wearing the following clothes or bringing the following items: Flip-flops, Crocs, high heels, and cowboy boots. Heavy clothing like jeans, leather, or cotton sweaters. Tight or constrictive clothing that hampers movement.

Do you wear shoes when rafting? ›

Footwear: The best shoes for rafting are ones that stay on your feet and can get wet. Choose water shoes, water sandals with a heel strap or an old pair of sneakers you don't mind getting soaked. If it's chilly, you can wear wool socks under your shoes or sandals. Headwear: Bring a paddling hat or a baseball cap.

Should I wear a bathing suit white water rafting? ›

Bathing Suit

This should be the first thing you pack. You're going to want to wear something that dries quickly when it gets wet, and bathing suits are designed to do just that. Most people who raft with us are comfortable in just a swimsuit and shorts! Make sure if you visit during the summer to wear sunscreen too.

What is the fatality rate of whitewater rafting? ›

Fortunately, fatalities are uncommon in these activities, with rafting and kayaking fatalities occurring at a rate of 0.55 and 2.9 per 100000 user days, respectively. Injury rates for kayaking and rafting are 3 to 6 and 0.26 to 2.1 per 100000 boating days, respectively.

What are the most common injuries in whitewater rafting? ›

The most common injury that occurs during a whitewater rafting trip are foot injuries. However, these can be easily prevented just by wearing proper water shoes. The right shoes will protect you against stubbed toes and sunburns, which tend to occur easily while out on the water.

Where is the safest place to sit white water rafting? ›

The ride can get bumpy, so make sure you are properly seated. The best point for balance is to sit on the outer rim of the raft.

What is the best age for white water rafting? ›

Size matters when it comes to paddling and staying in the raft. Generally speaking, kids under 12 are best suited for trips up to Class III. Twelve year olds and a little older up may be able to handle a Class IV challenge depending on the amount of paddling help that the guide may need in the rapids.

Am I too fat to go white water rafting? ›

Is there a weight limit for white water rafting? 90 to 275 pounds is the weight limit for most white water river rafting companies. Though there are no laws about rafting weight limits, most companies require participants to be within this weight range.

What is the best time to go white water rafting? ›

Late May to late June, springtime runoff from snowmelt makes for the most exciting time of rafting season for whitewater, with cooler river temperatures and smaller crowds.

What are Class 4 rapids on the Arkansas river? ›

Class IV: Difficult. Rapids are long, with powerful waves and rocks creating potentially dangerous hazards. Precise maneuvering through narrow and/or rock-choked passages. Class V: Extreme.

What is the most difficult white water rafting in the world? ›

What is the most dangerous whitewater rafting in the world?
  • God's House – Karnali River (Nepal) ...
  • Ghostrider – Zambezi River (Zambia, Africa) ...
  • Terminator – Futaleufú River (Chile) ...
  • Godzilla – Rio Upano River, Ecuador. ...
  • Rapida Della Segheria – Noce River (Italy) ...
  • North Johnstone River, Australia.
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What does a Class 4 rapids look like? ›

Class IV: WILD

Rapids are long and unpredictable with large waves and narrow passages.

What class of rapids are the easiest? ›

Class I: These rapids are the most gentle and fall into the “easy” category.
  • Small waves (at most 2 feet high)
  • Easily avoidable obstructions.
  • Low risk.
  • Also great for canoeing and wildlife viewing.
  • Best for beginners.
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What are Class 2 rapids like? ›

Class II - Moderate. Medium-quick water; rapids with regular waves; clear and open passages between rocks and ledges. Maneuvering required. Best handled by intermediates who can maneuver canoes and read water.

What class rapids is the Yellowstone? ›

The Yellowstone River is classified as Class II-III rapids from Yellowstone National Park to Paradise Valley (the first 18 miles of legally navigable whitewater on the Yellowstone River).


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