When it comes to whitewater rafting in Colorado, many folks immediately think of the Arkansas River – and for good reasons. The Ark is Colorado’s most well-known rafting destination because it offers consistent conditions all summer long.
But what if we told you that some of the best whitewater rafting in Colorado was on the upper Eagle River? Would you be surprised? It’s true. When it’s in season, the upper Eagle is not only some of the best whitewater in the state – it’s among the best in the world.
Eagle River vs. Arkansas River
The only reason the Eagle River can’t compete with the Arkansas in terms of popularity is because the season is short. But in part, that’s what makes it special. If you can catch the upper Eagle River during its prime time in May and June, you’re on one of the best rivers, at one of the best times for whitewater rafting in Colorado.
The upper Eagle River takes rafters down a 10-mile roller coaster of nearly continuous rapids. The steep gradient and steady drop makes this river a fire hose experience. The minimum age on this trip is 16 years old and we recommend it for those who are strong swimmers and ready for adventure.
This world-class stretch of whitewater is located right here locally, between Vail and Beaver Creek. This makes it an easy half-day trip for those staying here in the Vail Valley. You certainly can’t beat having rafting like this, just minutes from Vail’s hotels and restaurants.
One of the Best Times For Rafting in Colorado
Again, the season is short. But if you find yourself in the Vail Valley in May or June, then put a rafting trip on the Upper Eagle River at the top of your to-do list. It’ll be one of the most memorable whitewater trips you ever experience.
To learn more about our rafting trips and pricing, please visit the Rafting Page. You can also call us with any questions at 970-476-3700.