The new year is here, and in 2017 we’re excited about rafting some of the best rivers in the west.

If you’ve never gone rafting in Colorado, or even if you have gone rafting in Colorado, here are three rivers to add to your list in 2017.

1. Rafting the Arkansas River

The Arkansas River is known for its wide range of varied and length of raftable whitewater. At 152 and with over 4,000 feet of elevation drop in that distance, it is well worth your time to make the trip to the Arkansas.

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Book Arkansas Rafting Trips Here.

2. Rafting the Colorado River

The Colorado River carved out the Grand Canyon, one of America’s most famous treasures. It is every bit as worthwhile in the Grand Canyon of Arizona as it is in Colorado (although rafting it at the Grand is quite something else — that’s for another blog post).

Rafting the Colorado before it leaves the state borders of Colorado is somewhat mellower than other whitewater destinations in Colorado, although it still brings the thrill. And besides, it’s a bucket list items for the sole fact that it created the Grand Canyon.

Rafting the river that formed the Grand Canyon, albeit before it reaches the Grand Canyon, is nonetheless a bucket list experience.

Rafting the river that formed the Grand Canyon, albeit before it reaches the Grand Canyon, is nonetheless a bucket list experience.

Book Upper Colorado River Rafting Trips Here. 

3. Rafting Clear Creek

If there’s one thing rafters love, it’s whitewater. And Clear Creek has more rapids per mile than most commercially rafted rivers in the entire state of Colorado. Need we give more reasons to add this to your list?

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Book Clear Creek Rafting Trips Here.