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Denver Rafting

A once in a lifetime Denver Rafting Adventure is just a short day trip into the mountains away. As one of the country’s fastest growing cities, Denver is an ever-popular destination with tons to offer in the way of art & culture, music, nightlife, and shopping! However, a visit to Colorado wouldn’t be complete without a day trip to the mountains. 

  • Variety of trips from Class I Floats to Class V Adventures!
  • Choose from two beautiful riverside locations.
  • Zip-Lining, ATVing, Horseback Trail rides, and more available as well.

We have white water rafting near Denver so everyone – from families to friends, from church groups to scout groups can have some high-adventure fun suitable for all! Rafting near Denver is just a click away.


5 Years Old (Trip Dependent)
Class I-V (Trip Dependent)
Buena Vista & Cañon City

Browns Canyon

Trips Starting From $55
Multiple Departure Times Daily
Trips Range From 3 to 6 Hours

As the most popular stretch of whitewater in the entire state, this trip has everything!  Awe-inspiring Rocky Mountain views, classic Colorado whitewater, and adventure around every bend!  It’s no wonder this Colorado Gem was recently named the state’s newest National Monument!

*This trip departs from our Buena Vista Rafting Outpost and the minimum age is 6 years old.

The Royal Gorge

Trips Starting From $78
Multiple Departure Times Daily
Trips Range From 3 Hours to Multi-Day

Rafting through the Royal Gorge you’ll experience exciting drops, soaking waves, and out of this world scenery on this epic adventure!  With towering thousand foot granite cliffs on either side, the highest suspension bridge in the U.S. above, and phenomenal Colorado Whitewater below this trip delivers from all sides!

*This trip departs from our Cañon City Rafting Outpost and the minimum age is 14 years old.

Bighorn Sheep Canyon

Trips Starting From $52
Multiple Departure Times Daily
Trips Range From 3 to 6 Hours

If you’re the type of person who wants to pack as much into one experience as possible, then Bighorn Sheep Canyon is for you!  With action, scenery, and wildlife all in one, this trip delivers on all fronts!  Fun splashy rapids, beautiful mountain vistas, and frequent visits from the numerous herds of Rocky Mountain Bighorns, make this adventure a highlight of any Denver Rafting experience.

*This trip departs from our Cañon City Rafting Outpost and the minimum age is 6 years old.

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Why American Adventure Expeditions

As the only outfitter with two first-class riverside outposts we can show this river like no one else, and we’ve been doing it for nearly 30 years!  Our expert guides are fun, professional, and highly skilled at what they do.  All of our guides have a minimum of Basic First Aid and CPR while many of them have numerous advanced certifications such as Swift Water Rescue, Wilderness First Aid, and some are even EMTs and Paramedics.  Regardless of the river rafting Denver adventure that you choose to take, you’ll see that we spare no expense when it comes to your comfort and safety, so come and see how a little adventure can go a long way!  

Recommended Add-Ons Or Packages

With so much to do in Colorado, choosing the right adventure activities, and more importantly the right outfitter, for your family or group can be quite challenging.  That’s why we branched out from our roots on the river and created our Mountain Adventures and Adventure Packages so we could be your one stop shop for Colorado Adventures!  Whether it’s Zip-Lining across rugged Canyons, Horseback riding along the Continental Divide, ATVing in the beautiful Colorado Backcountry, or more, we have something for everyone!  For even more adventure fun, you can combine anyone of our Mountain Adventures with a Half Day of Rafting and lunch for the ultimate Adventure Package.


Directions to our Buena Vista Rafting Outpost:

The closest whitewater rafting near Denver is from our Buena Vista Rafting Outpost, just about 110 miles from the Mile High City.  Below you’ll find directions to us and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at any point:

12844 Highway 24/285
Buena Vista, CO 81211

Take Highway 285 South towards Fairplay. From Fairplay, continue on 285 South towards Buena Vista for about 40 minutes. As you drop into the Arkansas River Valley on 285 (you’ll see the peaks!), we are immediately across the Arkansas River Bridge on the left. Look for our big AAE sign and large log entryways. (Approx. 110 miles)

Directions to our Cañon City Rafting Outpost:

Our Cañon City Rafting Outpost is just about 120 miles from Denver.  Below you’ll find directions to us and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at any point:

41746 U.S. 50
Cañon City, CO 81212

Take I-25 South through Colorado Springs to exit 140. After exiting, continue to the 2nd stoplight, where you will make a right onto Nevada Ave. Nevada Ave. will turn into Highway 115. Continue on Highway 115 through Penrose until you reach Highway 50. Take a right onto Highway 50 West heading to Cañon City. Continue on Highway 50 through Cañon City and our office is approximately 10 miles west of town. We are located on the south side of the road where Highway 50 crosses the Arkansas River. (Approx. 120 miles)

Preparing for the Trip

What To Wear & Bring

The key to enjoying white water rafting Denver Adventures is being properly prepared and dressed.  Here’s a list of things that we recommend to wear and bring:

  • Swimsuit
  • Quick-Drying Clothes (no cotton, no denim)
  • Sun Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Dry Clothes & Towel for after your trip
  • Water Shoes (No Flip Flops, Crocs or Bare-feet!)
  • Money for items such as:
    • Rental Gear
    • Photos
    • Souvenirs
    • Guide Gratuity

Optional Rental Gear

Although most summer days include plenty of sunshine, you have to remember that this water is coming straight off the Rocky Mountains and can sometimes be a bit chilly.  No need to worry as we have all of the gear that you could possibly want or need to make sure that you’re as comfortable as possible.
If you’re not sure what you’ll need, don’t worry.  Come in the day of Denver river rafting trip and our friendly staff will give you an honest recommendation based upon water levels, air temperature, and weather forecasts.  We have a 100% satisfaction guarantee so making sure you’re comfortable is our top priority.

  • Wetsuit – Stretchy 2mm neoprene keeps your core warm without unnecessary bulk
  • Splash Jacket – Urethane coated nylon jacket with neoprene neck and wrist gaskets to help with the splash
  • River Shoes – Neoprene boots that keep your feet warm, comfortable, and well protected

* 1 Rental Item = $5.00, 2 Rental Items = $10.00, Complete Rental Package = $12.00