Thirty years ago, Dennis Wied decided to hang up his suit, walk away from his Purdue Master’s Degree and engineering career, and do something he truly enjoyed. Raft Masters was started because of his passion for the outdoors and the things he loved. Initially one of Colorado’s smallest rafting companies it is now one of the largest, operating under the same ownership for its entire existence. Not many companies can claim that. Raft Masters’ success can be attributed to Dennis’s philosophy of treating guests as he would like to be treated. At Raft Masters you arrive as a stranger and leave as a friend.

For the wildest summer ride in Colorado plan on getting wet. Whitewater wet! Whether it’s the relaxing sound of flowing water, the scenery, or the adrenaline-packed thrill of the world-class whitewater, rafting in Colorado’s spectacular mountain country is the premier adventure activity for both visitors and locals during the summer. With rivers that range from Class 1 to Class 5, Raft Masters has a river trip for all ages and abilities.

The Arkansas River, in central Colorado, is America’s most popular rafting river, with more than 300,000 enthusiasts every year. Raft Masters’ offers half-, full-, and multi-day trips on “The Ark” starting from its base in Canon City, just 45 miles southwest of Colorado Springs. Bighorn Sheep Canyon is home to numerous herds of sheep and is an exciting time as you ride the roller-coaster waves of the Arkansas. For the more adventurous, the trip through the 1100’ cliffs of the Royal Gorge is famous for its steep drops, huge waves, and many rapids. The spectacular scenery and rapids of the Royal Gorge are sure to thrill even the most experienced white-water veteran. Got little ones? Our Family Float is a great option for ages one and up!

Steep and narrow Clear Creek, only 30 miles west of Denver in Idaho Springs, offers some of Colorado’s most exciting whitewater. The Beginner trip is a great mountain experience for the whole family. This 1/3-day ride is filled with non-stop action-packed with Class 3 whitewater as you raft through the historic Idaho Springs mining district. For thrill-seekers and adventurous first-timers, the Intermediate trip is an excellent choice. Brace yourself for a day of continuous Class 3 and Class 4 action as you raft Clear Creek’s most popular stretch of river.

You should choose a trip based on the level of difficulty, the age of the participants (particularly children), your physical condition, length of trip, and the type of raft (paddle, paddle-assist, or oar) you prefer. To make sure you are in good hands be sure the outfitter you choose is a licensed Colorado outfitter. Inquire about how long they have been in business (with the current owners), the rivers and trips they run, and where they are located with respect to those rivers. You should also inquire about any additional costs you might expect, such as rental fees for additional equipment like wetsuits and boots. Give our knowledgeable staff a call with any questions you may have at 719-275-6645.

From 1989 - the early years of Raft Masters.
From 1989 - the early years of Raft Masters.


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