There is no better way to cool off this summer than a wild white water rafting trip on one of Colorado’s infamous and beautiful rivers. Whether you are searching for the heart thumping thrill of big white water or would prefer some giggles and fun for the whole family, the perfect trip is out there! Here are the top rafting adventures that are easily accessible from Steamboat Springs.
- Yampa River: Beginners- Class II/III Rapids Enjoy the beauty of the Yampa River as it winds through the valley of Steamboat Springs and through downtown. These trips are perfect for the beginner rafters, family or those who want to see Steamboat from a different view. Trips usually last an hour.
- Colorado River: Beginner/Intermediate – Class II/III Rapids Located an hour and half away the infamous Colorado River flows through spectacular steep canyon walls with exciting stretches of white water. This is a great trip for the family who would like to spend the day on the river. Trips vary from half day to full day with lunch options included.
- Arkansas River: Intermediate to Advanced- Varies on location Class III-V Rapids Explore this incredible river that can provide as much or as little adrenaline as you can handle! From Brown’s Canyon to the Numbers pick the right amount of excitement for you, your friends and family. Trips range from half-day to 3-day camping trips on this beautiful river.
Check out these white water rafting companies for your ideal rafting trip. Price varies by trip, company and location. Prices usually include wetsuit, booties, helmets and life jackets. Inquire with the companies for transportation options, lunch options and best trip for your ideal white water experience.
- AVA Raft Guides
- Blue Sky West
- Bucking Rainbow in Steamboat Springs
Looking for a little less adrenalin?
Tubing the Yampa is a perfect way to float the day away. Grab your friends, a couple of tubes, sunscreen and soak up the views from the cool river waters.
If relaxation is in your vacation plans then head for the natural hot springs that Steamboat is known for. Pick from the Old Town Hot Springs with their multiple hot pools, lap pools and water slides and on-site massage therapists. Or make a trip to the Strawberry Hot Springs located in the mountains surrounding Steamboat for a more rugged and natural experience of the hot springs. On-site massage and watsu therapists ensure relaxation is the ultimate goal. This is a 4×4 required road and shuttle services are provided and recommended.
Ready To Cool Off? Here’s some Steamboat accommodations with pools:
Trappeur’s Crossing Resort features 4 pools, 10 hot tubs, tennis courts. Choose from Aspen Lodge, Bear Lodge, Champagne Lodge, Emerald Lodge and Trappeur’s Lodge.
One of the 4 pools at Trappeur’s Resort.
Hike or bike right from your back door at Storm Meadows – and cool off afterwards in the large heated pool!
If these are the views you get to see at dusk in the wintertime, imagine how breathtaking they are in the summertime at the Edgemont pool at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.
Old world charm with new world amenities puts Chadwick Townhomes in a class of its own!
There’s a poolside deck chair with your name on it!
Call Simply Steamboat today to book your summer vacation. Check-out our latest lodging deals, or view all of our lodging options on our Steamboat map.
(Photos courtesy of Bucking Rainbow. Help us say thanks by hopping over to their website and checking out their whitewater rafting adventures!)