As we wind down the winter snowmobile trips, and begin looking forward to summer rafting, we’d like to introduce you to some of the incredible stretches of whitewater here in Colorado.
It’s only appropriate to begin by talking about one of our favorite early season trips, Gore Creek. Gore Creek is our local favorite here in the Vail Valley. If you’ve never had the opportunity to raft Gore Creek, you need to make time! And with the high snowpack this season, this will be a year to remember! Gore Creek will be running high well into the summer.
Gore Creek is special for a couple of reasons. First, it flows right through the heart of Vail Village, and the scenery is spectacular. Second, the rafting season on Gore Creek is relatively short. You have to catch it during its brief window each year. And a year like this with a high snowpack is the perfect chance to catch it at its peak!
Gore Creek is fed only on snowmelt. The season begins shortly after the lifts close at Vail ski area, as soon as the snowmelt and runoff begins. May and June are the ideal times to experience the incredible whitewater on Gore Creek.
Gore Creek features awesome Class III rafting from East Vail to Lionshead Village. This river epitomizes what we refer to as, “play boating”. In addition to the fun rapids, this stretch features man-made holes and waves along the way, including the well-known International Wave in Vail Village. These areas provide opportunities to “surf” the raft and swing in and out of rapids. It would be difficult to have more fun in a raft than you’ll have right here in the heart of Vail.
The scenery all the way through the upper Vail Valley along Gore Creek is what really makes this trip memorable. The towering cliffs, waterfalls, aspens, and wildlife along this stretch are incredible.
Finally, one of the nice things about rafting Gore Creek is the quick transfer times. If you’re staying in Vail, you’re already on the river and just minutes from the put in. At the takeout in Lionshead, you can easily walk right back into town. If you’re staying in Beaver Creek, you can expect a quick, 15-minute drive to and from the river.
With such easy access and world-class rafting right here in Vail, it’s no wonder we love this short but sweet season on Gore Creek!
To learn more about our whitewater rafting adventures, please check out the Rafting Page and watch the quick video below featuring Gore Creek.
Start planning your trip now! You can call us at 970-476-3700 or you can contact us online.