Experience the thrill of rafting with your family, friends or group. Learn the basics of raft and water safety and enjoy a trip down the river in rafts or duckies. All or part of this operation is conducted on public lands under a special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The NSCD is a licensed River Outfitter – Issued by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Come experience the thrill of rafting Class II/III rapids on the beautiful Upper Colorado River with your family, friends or group. Learn the basics of raft and water safety and enjoy your trip down the river in rafts or duckies. We offer a variety of adaptive equipment to make these trips safe, comfortable, and enjoyable for the whole group.
For a half day option, we offer a 4 mile trip through the Little Gore Canyon. For participants looking for a full day of adventure and exploration, we also offer a 10 mile trip through the Little Gore Canyon and Yarmony Canyon. Both trips offer many opportunities to spot a variety of wildlife including bald eagles and their nests of eaglets, beavers, river otters, big horn sheep, mule deer, a variety of ducks, many types of trout, and if your group is lucky you might even spot a black bear or a mink.
All or part of this operation is conducted on Public Lands under special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. Licensed River Outfitter – Issued by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Dates: June – September
Location: Upper Colorado River, near Kremmling, CO
Price: Half Day: $69 per person
Full Day: $94 per person
Overnight Experience: $250 per person (day and a half on the river)
Ages: 5 and older – family and friends welcome
Optional Lunch: $12 per person (entire group must opt-in for lunch)
During our metro raft trip you will get the opportunity to float the South Platte River from C-470 north. On your trip, you will learn the basics of rafting and water safety as well as overcoming many challenging rapids along the way. See the Denver area like never before and enjoy a day on the river with your friends and family. When paddling with the NSCD, you will be provided a lifejacket, sprayskirt (if necessary), helmet and paddle to use for the day. If the weather warrants it, we will also provide a wetsuit and other protective equipment. We suggest that you try to avoid wearing jeans or sweats (anything cotton), and instead dress in layers of fleece, wool, Capilene or synthetic clothing. Weather conditions can change quickly on the water and it is better to have too many layers than to be wet and/or cold!
Dates: Fridays, May 4 – June 8
Location: Locations vary depending on water levels. Specific details will be shared on the Monday of your trip week.
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Ages: 7 and older – family and friends welcome
You must register for these trips by 3 PM on the Monday before each trip, using the link below, in order to participate. If the minimum number of participants are not registered by that point then the trip will be cancelled. All rafting trips are weather permitting and if there is inclement weather or unsafe water levels the program may be cancelled for the safety of participants and staff. If you have registered for a trip and it is cancelled due to a lack of participants, inclement weather, or unsafe water levels an NSCD staff member will contact you as soon as possible to inform you.