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Tubing, Kayaking and River Rafting in and Near Boulder

Boulder’s scenic waterways provide the perfect warm-weather cool-down for those seeking a smile-inducing tubing ride or a fun kayaking practice session. Rivers beyond Boulder hold even more experiences for thrilling whitewater adventures.

Boulder Creek

Babbling Boulder Creek is a popular tubing spot during summer months. You can buy a tube at several locations in town and then glide downstream. A stretch of Boulder Creek near Eben G. Fine Park also offers a 20-slalom-gate course for kayakers to hone their paddling skills. Kayak rentals are available at Colorado Water Sport. Of course, some folks prefer to simply stay on shore and cool off by wading in.


Boulder Reservoir

For a gentler experience, the beautiful Boulder Reservoir also rents small boats such as kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and canoes.


Beyond Boulder: River Rafting

If you’re looking for whitewater rafting adventures on nearby Colorado rivers (Clear Creek and the Cache La Poudre are two popular choices), a number of guides, outfitters and adventure companies in Boulder are listed below and can help plan and guide your trip. You should plan to spend a full day to enjoy a whitewater rafting outing from Boulder. 


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Acquired Tastes Rafting

  • 2053 Yarmouth Ave.
  • Boulder, CO 80301
  • Phone: (303) 443-4120
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Acquired Tastes has provided safe, fun, exciting whitewater adventures on the Arkansas River under the same ownership since 1986. All of our boats are state-of-the-art self-bailing rafts with foot… more

AVA's Colorado Rafting

  • 764 9th Street
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (800) 370-0581
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AVA is a multi-sport, regional company located in central Colorado. We offer whitewater rafting on 8 Colorado rivers and 2 Arizona rivers, rock climbing, fly fishing, horseback riding, cabins and… more

Awe-Struck Outdoors

  • P.O. Box 512
  • Rollinsville, CO 80474
  • Phone: (303) 807-6634
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Awe-Struck Adventures offers biking, hiking, paddling and skiing adventures to Boulder and Nederland area visitors and residents. We pair all of our outdoor trips with a culinary adventure. Bike to… more

Boulder Outdoor Center

  • 2525 Arapahoe Ave.
  • Suite E4-228
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: 303.444.8420
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The Boulder Outdoor Center offers adventures, lessons, guided trips, and gear to make your next trip to Boulder, CO memorable. Winter adventures include: Snowmobile tours, avalanche safety,… more

Boulder Parks & Recreation Department

  • 3198 Broadway
  • Boulder, CO 80304
  • Phone: (303) 413-7200
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Kayakers can sharpen their paddling skills at the 20-slalom-gate course on Boulder Creek at the west end of Arapahoe Avenue. The city of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department offers white-water and… more

Colorado River Outfitters Association

  • PO Box 1662
  • Buena Vista, CO 81211
  • Phone: (303) 280-2554
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Offers a directory of over 50-plus licensed Colorado river outfitters and 13 world-class river systems. In addition, many outfitters offer a combination of travel packages which include many outdoor… more

Colorado Wilderness Rides and Guides

  • 4865 Darwin Court
  • Boulder, CO 80301
  • Phone: (720) 242-9828
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Boulder's Premier Outdoor Adventure Hub and Team Building Center for Individuals and Groups! Fly Fishing; Bike Tours; Hiking; Sightseeing; Climbing; Snowshoeing; Rafting and more…… more

Eldorado Canyon State Park

  • 9 Kneale Road
  • Eldorado Springs, CO 80025
  • Phone: (303) 494-3943
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Eldorado Canyon is a hidden treasure right in Boulder"s backyard!  Whether it's hiking amidst the towering sandstone cliffs, picnicking along scenic South Boulder Creek or climbing Eldo's sheer… more

Outdoor Divas

  • 2317 30th St.
  • Boulder, CO 80301
  • Phone: (303) 449-DIVA
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Offers a variety of outdoor athletic training classes for women in addition to a number of clinics on whitewater kayaking and both indoor and outdoor rock climbing.… more

Tubing in Boulder Creek

Grab an inner tube and hop on in! Cool off by taking a float down Boulder Creek on those hot, summer days. Tubes are available at the following Boulder locations.Whitewater Tube Co. 3600 Arapahoe Ave… more

Whitewater Tube Co.

  • 3600 Arapahoe Ave
  • Boulder, CO 80303
  • Phone: (720) 239-2179
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When it's hot in Boulder, tubing is the thing to do, and Whitewater Tube Co. is the place to rent tubes. Boulder Creek is one of the most popular and exciting tubing rivers in the country. When it… more
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