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A Special Season for the Blue River!

Rafting near Breckenridge

Blue River

Colorado has experienced one of the best snow seasons in years. As a result, we’re in for an exciting spring and summer rafting season! The current state-wide snowpack is hovering around 125% of the average, with even more snow forecasted for April. This is great news for the Blue River! The ability to raft and the length of the season is determined by the winter snowpack. This summer season, we’re anticipating an extended, splashy season of whitewater rafting on the Blue River in Summit County, CO!


“When Lake Dillon is at or near capacity,” says Kevin Foley, owner of Performance Tours Rafting, “The surplus water is released through multiple channels. One of those channels is the Blue River, which runs just north of Silverthorne, CO. During strong snowpack years, this typically means an extended Blue River rafting season. During weaker snowpack years, this might mean a short window of opportunity to raft. Some summers we are not able to raft the Blue at all.”


Whitewater Rafting Near Breckenridge

The Blue River is the closest whitewater rafting to Breckenridge, CO. The class 2-3 rapids, make it an excellent trip option for families and groups with children 7 years and up. Beginners and never-ever rafting guests enjoy the relaxing flat water for the first few miles of the trip, working their way up to the class 3 section and ending on a high note! The Blue River is a half-day tour, with 3 departures per day, making it a convenient day trip from Denver or a wonderful opportunity to pair with another summer activity.

Performance Tours Rafting, Breckenridge’s first rafting company, has been bringing guests down Colorado rivers since 1986. As one of the most experienced outfitters in the state, our staff works closely with local watershed groups to anticipate conditions on each of our operating rivers.

“We’re grateful to be able to bring our guests on the Blue this summer,” says Foley, “and we’re very excited to see this snowpack turn into whitewater!”