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Mild to wild, a rafting trip in Glenwood Springs will no doubt be a memorable one. Expert raft guides not only know every rapid, hole and hot spring on the waterways, their stories make for excellent entertainment on the river! Trip highlights often include navigating rapids with names like Upper Superstition and Tombstone. Further downriver, when water levels permit, guides like to stop at hot springs that bubble up at various points along the Colorado River. There are also plenty of places to dive in, swim or get in a splash clash with other rafters.

Glenwood Springs’ commercial rafting outfitters have decades of experience delivering whitewater excitement to people of all ages and abilities. Many guests try Colorado rafting for the first time in Glenwood Springs and come back year after year for more whitewater action. Companies offer a variety of excursions typically half-day or full day trips but look for other options that include multiple runs of more thrilling rapids or rafting combos with activities like ziplining, horseback riding or cycling.

Reservations for guided rafting trips are highly recommended!

For those who want to plan their own river experience, whether it’s rafting, kayaking, canoeing or stand-up paddle-boarding, local outfitters can supply all necessary equipment and gear. From boats to personal floatation devices, to coolers and cook stoves, everything you need to plan a day trip or overnight adventure can be rented.


Blue Sky Adventures - Bookable Online

Simply put, at Blue Sky Adventures, we provide an exceptional adventure experience that will leave you with cherished memories for years to come. With the most convenient location in town, our quality is the gold standard, and we back this by offering a “Happy Boating Guarantee”. We guarantee your fun and strive to make your experience truly unforgettable.

Blue Sky Adventures
152 W 6th Street
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Defiance Rafting - Bookable Online

Our mission is your experience! At Defiance Rafting Company we like to keep it easy peasy lemon squeezy and include all extra river gear into the price so you can enjoy a splashy thrill or relaxing cruise on the river.  Kiddos get the VIP treatment and our Happy Paddler program makes sure your little adventurer’s first time on the water is a positive, fun-filled experience and is complete with a snack and post-trip swag.

Defiance Rafting
1308 Co Rd 129
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Glenwood Adventure Company / Lakota Guides - Bookable Online

Push off from the riverbank and float into a world of swirling eddies, standing waves, and rippling white water. At Glenwood Adventure Company we offer plenty of options for whitewater day trips that are among some of the best of the West.  Pick your adventure!   Check out any of our multiple rafting adventure options from a scenic float to a heart throbbing whitewater plunge to our Guided Inflatable Kayak Adventure.  Glenwood Adventure Company also offers horseback riding, guided side by side and jeep tours, skeet shooting and rentals!

Glenwood Adventure Company / Lakota Guides
3330 S. Glen Avenue
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Glenwood Canyon Rafting - Bookable Online

Glenwood Canyon Rafting
2610 Gilstrap Court
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Whitewater Rafting, LLC - Bookable Online

Raft with the area’s largest and most decorated company, Voted Locals Choice “Best Rafting Company” 14 times, TripAdvisor Hall of Fame award winner, and #1 on TripAdvisor since 2012. We raft the Shoshone Rapids of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork from our dedicated river front facility in Glenwood Springs.

Whitewater Rafting, LLC
2000 Devereux Road
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Defiance River Outfitters - Rentals Bookable Online

Specializing in day rentals of inflatable kayaks (i.e. duckies), SUP (Stand Up Paddleboards), and rafts, as well as multiday river gear and boat rentals. Colorado River shuttles, boat repairs, and river retail available.

Defiance River Outfitters
77 Mel Ray
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Glenwood Adventure Outdoors - Rentals Bookable Online

All the river gear you need! Looking for an extra life jacket for the day, a paddle boat for an afternoon down The Fork, or a multi-day raft setup for Ruby-Horsethief Canyon? We have the gear for you!

Glenwood Adventure Outdoors
3330 South Glen
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Summit Canyon Mountaineering Kayak and SUP Rental

Summit Canyon Mountaineering
205 6th Street
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601


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Visit Glenwood Springs

We are pleased to announce the US Forest Service rebuild of the Hanging Lake Trail that is set to begin this spring will allow for hiking on a limited basis through the construction period. Reservations will be available weekly, with available hiking dates and times released every Tuesday at 8:00 am MDT. This system aims to streamline access to the trail during construction, while ensuring a smooth and enjoyable experience for all visitors.

 Visit the Hanging Lake page HERE for more information and the booking portal.