Crested Butte, Colorado White water Rafting Vacation

Posted on April 13, 2011

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River rafting 2 HRS from Crested Butte, Colorado

Colorado White water Rafting Vacation
Colorado White water Rafting Vacation

Crested Butte, Colorado is one of Colorado’s hidden gems

If you have ever wanted to see a real-life ski bum, then Crested Butte is a good place to look. Surrounded by some of the best skiing and snowboarding terrain in all the land, Crested Butte has been able to hold on to its rustic mountain charm, while providing direct access to a world-class ski resort, epic backcountry powder stashes and endless cross country skiing. During the summer months, Crested Butte is known for incredible fishing, mountain biking, hiking, golfing and kayaking. While enjoying any of these summer activities you will experience the lushest high country that Colorado has to offer as you find yourself surrounded by snowcapped mountains, dense forests, and green meadows packed with colorful wildflowers. Due to the steep nature of the creeks that run off of the mountains surrounding Crested Butte, rafting is limited, but a short drive over Monarch Pass on US 50, or cottonwood pass, will take you to world-class white water rafting on the Arkansas River. This is where many of Crested Butte’s local ski bums spend their summers working as white water raft guides.

Crested Butte, Colorado
Crested Butte, Colorado

Crested Butte White Water Rafting Vacations

If you are looking for an epic Crested Butte white water rafting vacation, look no further than River Runners on the Arkansas River. You can choose from advanced white water rafting trips on Pine Creek, the Numbers and the Royal Gorge; intermediate white water rafting trips on Browns Canyon and Bighorn Sheep Canyon; or just get your feet wet with a beginner family float on the Milk Run. The Arkansas River has more than 100 miles of world-class white water and you can access all of it by taking a two hour scenic drive over Monarch Pass to the River Runners Riverside Rafting Resort. Drive another hour down US 50 and check out the River Runners Royal Gorge Rafting Center. River Runners has offered Crested Butte White Water Rafting Vacations since 1972. Call us today as space is limited and advanced bookings are highly recommended.

White water Rafting Vacations Crested Butte, Colorado

Driving to the Arkansas River from Crested Butte, Colorado

To drive to the Arkansas River from Crested Butte, Colorado take US 135 out of town towards Gunnison for 27 miles. Take a left on US 50 over Monarch Pass for 59 miles, then take a left on US 285 and drive 17 miles. Look for a big yellow River Runners sign and turn right on to County Road 301 to access the River Runners property, which is situated right on the Arkansas River. If you would prefer to drive to the Royal Gorge area from Crested Butte, just stay on US 50 for another 52 miles until you reach the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park turn-off. The River Runners Royal Gorge Rafting Center will be on your left across from the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park Visitor’s Center on US 50.


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River rafting 3 HRS from Crested Butte, Colorado

River Runners Royal Gorge Rafting Center in Canon City, Colorado

Royal Gorge Rafting Center Canon City, Colorado
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River Runners Riverside Rafting Resort Bar & Grill
River Runners Riverside Rafting Resort Bar & Grill
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