Breckenridge Ski Resort officially closed for the season this past weekend marking and end to Breckenridge’s 50th anniversary ski season. Although it wasn’t the biggest snow year by any estimation it was a fun season with good snow and good times.
Now that the lifts have stopped turning we can start to look forward to all of the exciting summer activities that Summit County is gearing up for. All of the melting snow this time of year swells the rivers and creates the perfect conditions for rafting. Colorado River rafting is an exhilarating activity that is both exciting and refreshing at the same time. While there is no rafting in Breckenridge, there are few great waterways for rafting all quite near and some fine companies to consider setting up your rafting adventure with. The rivers that surround Breckenridge offer rafting for all ability levels. From the gentile Upper Colorado River to the Class 5 rapids of the Royal Gorge on the Arkansas River there is a rafting adventure to meet anyone’s needs. Here is a guide to the various rivers that are easily accessible from Breckenridge.
The Blue River: Running out of Silverthorne the Blue River offers exciting whitewater for those looking for a moderate adventure. The river runs through class 3 rapids and offers amazing views of the Gore and Williams Fork ranges. This river is the closest and is easily accessible with launches starting just north of Silverthorne.
The Upper Colorado: A little further up the road near Kremmling is the Upper Colorado and although home to Gore Canyon, one of the most difficult stretches of whitewater in the state (mandatory 10 foot waterfall!) just downstream is one of the more mellow and beautiful stretches of the river offering small rapids and jaw dropping scenery the Upper Colorado is offers the perfect half or full day float for the whole family.
Clear Creek: Clear Creek is an intense intermediate river that flows down steep drops through Clear Creek County near Idaho Springs. Class 3 and 4 Rapids make up the majority of this river offering nonstop action the whole way down.
The Upper Arkansas: The Upper Arkansas is centered near Buena Vista and offers rafting for all ability levels. From the easy Milk Run starting in town to the lower sections, Brown’s Canyon for intermediates and The Numbers for experts there is something for everyone.
The Lower Arkansas/Royal Gorge: if you are an experienced rafter saddle up and take a trip through one of the most challenging and rewarding sections of river in Colorado. Diving through one of Colorado’s deepest canyons the Arkansas cuts a fast path and offers class 4 and 5 rapids the whole way. Located near Canyon City this river is not for the timid!
Breckenridge has a few great companies that offer rafting on all of these rivers. You can book half and full day trips that have lunch included. All trips start in Breckenridge or Frisco and go out with experienced raft guides and safety is their number one concern. Commercial rafting makes it easy. All you have to do is bring yourself! Here are a few great local companies.
Breckenridge Whitewater: http://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/
Performance Tours: http://www.performancetours.com/
The Adventure Company: http://www.theadventurecompany.com /
Good Times: http://www.goodtimesrafting.com/
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