Colorado River Guides is a small, family owned and operated rafting company, we take great pride in your safety and enjoyment of our rafting trips. We specialize in familes, groups, teams, and other customized rafting trips from Steamboat Springs, Vail, and surrounding areas. Our company values are just two of the reasons
guests return and refer us to their friends and family.
Colorado River Guides has over 30 years experience, bringing visitors and locals alike to some of the best waterways in Northwestern Colorado. Our rafting trips, enjoyed best in our large rafts and inflatable kayaks, take you through some of America's most beautiful country - towering canyon walls, exotic red rock territory, sandy beaches and lush riverside vegetation.
Call us to schedule a trip of a lifetime!
Rafting Trips depart daily. Halfday trips typically run from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM & 12:45 PM - 3:00/3:30 PM | Full day trips run 9:00 AM - 3:00/3:30 PM full day trips include picnic lunch on the river. Reservations are required, please email or call us for specific trip times, directions, and meeting locations.
Splash into the Colorado River in a raft or inflatable kayak! The Colorado River offers something for everyone, as a fun, splashy, and beautiful beginner whitewater rafting experience close to both Steamboat Springs and Vail. The Colorado river is perfect for the whole family. Come experience a scenic tour through the headwaters of the Colorado River today! We offer half day and full day depatures daily. Class I-III
The Eagle River is one of Colorado's last truly untamed & undammed rivers in the state. The Eagle River's snow-melt rapids make for an exciting once in a lifetime experience. Continuous whitewater & adrenaline pumping rapids makes the Eagle River an adventure you shouldn't miss. Half day and full day departures daily dependent on flows (May-June/July). Class I-IV
Pack your boots & bathing suit and saddle up for an unforgettable full day of incredible mountain vistas on horseback, a homestyle picnic lunch, and an afternoon of splashy fun on a float trip on the Colorado River. We love seeing the river from the back of a horse and the back of a boat all in one day! So we decided to share our love for Saddles & Paddles with our guests. Please give us a call for more details. Advanced reservations for our Saddles & Paddles trips are encouraged as they tend to book up!
Our family at Colorado River Guides takes pride in preserving the river’s natural ecology, as well as ensuring our guest’s safety on all trips. We are happy to help plan and reserve custom group trips for you family and friends. We are a small company, so advanced reservations are encouraged. Call us today and let our family take your family on an unforgettable rafting experience!
Colorado RiverBeginner Class I-III April-September
Child 12 & Under
|Halfday AM & PM departures||$60||$45|
|Saddles & Paddles||$200|
Eagle RiverIntermediate Class II-IV May-June *Flow Dependant
|Halfday AM & PM departures||$90|
"The Colorado River Guides team is the best. They accommodated our small family group and gave us a great guide. We had a wonderful time
on the river, with part of the group in the raft with (the guide) and my dad and I piloting a ducky with my 6 and 9 year old kids rotating in and out of the ducky
during the trip. Lots of fun with a great guide in a nice easy section of the Colorado perfect for a family with young kids.
We're definitely coming back and will plan on the more challenging white water trips when the kids get older. Thanks!"
"We were staying in Steamboat and wanted to avoid going back via Kremmling. Looked up rafting companies in the area and phoned a few.
Brenda returned my call and was happy to have Paul take us on a trip the next morning. Driving down hwy 131 was scenic! It was a beautiful Colorado day on the beautiful
Colorado River. Our wildlife sightings: 3 different bald Eagles, a muskrat, and a mink near the water. It was a safe trip to take our 2 Kids(both 7).
Our kids really enjoyed having Lucy (Paul & Brenda's dog) along for the ride and enjoyed playing fetch with her. Thank you for a wonderful trip!"
-Liz, Ian, John and Sophia
"This is our second year to raft with Colorado River Guides, and just as much fun as the first. As a family of four, we chose to take two ducky
boats (inflatable two person kayaks) with an adult and kid (9 and 12 year old boys) in each one. We loved being close to the water, getting wet on the rapids,
but still having the guides right there to make sure we were taking the best path through the water. Great guides, emailed directions made it easy to get there, a
nd the super mascot, Xena the amazing Golden Retriever! We would strongly recommend them for a family raft!"
"I've white water rafted several rivers and had actually done the Eagle a few years ago. But the water today was Absolutely Awesome! Our guide was Paul.
He is one of the best guides I've ever been with. He made all of us feel comfortable! I didn't think
I would ever be able to make another white water trip but Paul made my dreams come true today. We took our 14 year old grandson on his first adventure and he loved it.
Paul put my husband, grandson, and myself right at ease.
He taught us the history, and geology, of the river all along the way. The rapids are perfect right now. Plenty of excitement for young or old. Thanks Paul for making my dream come true.
Would recommend this for anyone wanting to try whitewater rafting."