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Rafting Near Silverthorne & Dillon

Silverthorne & Dillon White Water Rafting

Summit County boasts the cities of Silverthorne and Dillon, which offer the perfect outdoor-lovers escape from city life. Located just one hour west of Denver in the Rocky Mountains, these welcoming mountain towns have something for the whole family.

Here you will find outdoor adventure combined with fun community events. You’ll enjoy a day full of mountain biking through wildflower-lined trails, followed by an evening concert or country western dance class. Summertime brings outdoor music events, farmers markets, and endless river adventures.

If you’re looking for white water rafting near Dillon and Silverthorne, you’ve got a few options and a scenic drive regardless of your preference. The best family trip combining classic Colorado scenery and exciting white water is found in Browns Canyon, a scenic 1.5 hour drive toward Buena Vista. The ultimate adrenaline-pumping rapids and awe-inspiring views will be found on a Royal Gorge trip – a two-hour drive at the Echo Canyon office. But if your vacation is tight on time and your willing to sacrifice a wilderness trip for convenience, go for a Clear Creek trip located just under an hour away.

What Makes Rafting Near Dillon and Silverthorne Unique?

The Rocky Mountains are home to some of the best rapids in the country, and Summit County provides the perfect home base to explore all that this region has to offer. If you’re looking to plan your dream rafting trip, consider white water rafting near Silverthorne and Dillon. After you finish your exhilarating ride down the river, you’ll head back to these unique mountain towns. Here you can enjoy a crisp beer as you get to know the friendly locals.

Dillon and Silverthorne White Water Rafting Trips

Browns Canyon Rafting Trip

Raft along Browns Canyon National Monument with adventurous family rapids, located just over one hour from Dillon and Silverthorne. Choose a half-day or full-day raft trip.
Half Day Trip Price: $74 per person

Clear Creek Beginner 1/3 Day Raft Trip

Located just 45 minutes from Dillon and Silverthorne, the Clear Creek Beginner 1/3 Day trip is an ideal first raft trip through class II and III white water.
Half Day Trip Price: $69 per person

Royal Gorge Rafting Trip

Thrilling white water awaits hearty paddlers in the class III to V rapids of the Royal Gorge. Located two hours from Dillon and Silverthorne, this trip is available as a half-day or full-day raft trip.
Half-Day Trip Price: $84 per person

Raft-n-Rail Package

Take in the family-friendly rapids of Bighorn Sheep Canyon, followed by a ride on the historic Royal Gorge Route rail line. This package is a full day experience, and is located two hours from Dillon and Silverthorne.
Package Price: $120 per adult  |  $115 per child

Exploring Silverthorne and Dillon

Be sure to schedule in time to enjoy everything that Summit County has to offer. These activities are not to be missed:

  • Shopping at Silverthorne Outlets
  • Riding your bike along the Dillon Dam
  • Speeding down the alpine slide at Peak 8 Fun Park
  • Fishing for rainbow trout along the Blue River
  • Taking a country western dance class at the Silverthorne Pavilion

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Connect with nature as you are lulled to sleep by the babbling river at the Blue River Campground. Or slip into a comfy bed and unwind after your white water rafting trip. Here you will find many local hotel options.

Some of the best rafting in Colorado is found at the Royal Gorge, a beautiful two-hour drive from Summit County. If you decide to venture to the Royal Gorge, pamper yourself with a stay in one of our luxury cabins. Situated among snow-capped mountains, our cabins feature resort accommodations surrounded by captivating mountain views. Every cabin includes:

  • Outdoor and indoor fireplace
  • Plush king bed
  • In-cabin kitchen
  • Luxurious bathroom
  • Lightning-fast WiFi
  • Flat screen TVs
  • Private Patio

If you can’t decide between a luxurious cabin stay and a rugged camping experience, we have the perfect solution. Our glamping tents have plush queen beds and power outlets, and their simple design will leave you feeling at one with the mountain.

We are here to help you find the perfect place to rest your feet. Please contact us with any hotel questions.

After a thrilling day of white water rafting, it’s time to refuel. Here is a list of some of our favorite local eateries and waterholes:

  • Blue Moon Bakery
  • The Argentos Empanadas and More
  • Cafe Profusion (Great for vegans and vegetarians)
  • Sauce on the Blue
  • Arapahoe Cafe & Pub
  • Dillon Dam Brewery
  • Mountain Lyon Cafe (Perfect for breakfast)

Plan Your White Water Rafting Adventure

If you are ready to ride the rapids, we are here to help you put together your perfect trip. With both single day and multi-day trip options, white water rafting near Silverthorne and Dillon has never been more convenient.