The West’s Top Whitewater Rafting Trips

Feb 06 2014

Rafting the untamed wilderness of the west is an unforgettable adventure. Whether it’s hiring an experienced whitewater rafting outfitter or going solo for a self-guided tour, the following rivers make superb whitewater vacations.

Salmon River – The middle of the fork of Idaho’s elusive Salmon River highlights the Sawtooth Range and green alpine forests. With challenging rapids, hot springs, historical sites, unparalleled fly fishing and scenic vistas; this rafting trip is a favorite among adventurists.

Yampa River – The Yampa River highlights the unique geography of Dinosaur National Monument. Featuring jaw-dropping scenery, the colorful canyon’s walls highlight green and red sandstone.

The Grand Canyon – Requiring little introduction, the Grand Canyon is the adventure of a lifetime. Whether it’s taking a partial trip or a full two weeks to explore this magnificent natural wonder, this stretch features easy to challenging whitewater rapids.

San Juan River – Highlighting some of the west’s most pristine desert scenery, the San Juan River highlights near-vertical walls, cliffside dwellings, scenic vistas and riverside exploration.

Colorado River – Westwater Canyon features the biggest, most dramatic whitewater rafting on the Colorado River. Featuring the infamous Skull Rapid, this short run is perfect for adventurists.

Cataract Canyon – Super challenging, this whitewater excursion is located just beyond the Lake Powell Reservoir, upstream from the mighty Grand Canyon.

Lodore Canyon – Known as “The Gates of Lodore” this trip highlights Dinosaur National Monument and ultimately joints with the Green River to finally conclude near Echo Park.

Rogue River – Oregon’s Rogue River boasts excellent whitewater rafting and camping. This rocky canyon features Blossom Bar, which is among one of the most challenging rapids in the area.

Deschutes River – Located in central Oregon, this area is perfect for fishing and whitewater rapids. Area highlights include basalt grasslands and Whitehorse Rapid.

Green River – The Green River is best conquered in the spring or fall. Rapids may be sparse, but this river makes up for this down point with stunning campsites, side hikes, and abundant opportunities for scenic photography. Mushroom Rock is a must-see highlight.

Snake River – Featuring large beaches, this river highlights one-of-a-kind vistas. Featuring historic mining ruins and abandoned homesteads, the Salmon joins into the Snake River.

Rafting Now! offers adventurists and outdoor enthusiasts a variety of whitewater rafting excursions.