Dowd Chute Rafting (May & June)

Adventure Overview

Dowd Chute Rafting

This is it, a pure class IV+ whitewater adventure, and an early-season favorite of our guides! If you’re looking for whitewater because you crave a challenge, this is your trip. Dowd Chute on the high-altitude, alpine Eagle River features continuous rapids and lots of paddling! The narrow Dowd Chute Rapid extends nearly a quarter of a mile and offers a thrilling elevation drop, so get ready to be splashed.

Because this is a physically challenging section, we recommend previous rafting experience.

This section relies on the spring snow-melt run-off, once the run-off slows down in early July, check our Numbers Half Day Rafting Trip on the Arkansas River for another great Class V section.

This trip departs from our office in Avon, CO, which is just a short drive from the Eagle River.  The office in Avon (near Beaver Creek), is about an hour drive from Glenwood Springs.  Although it is a bit longer drive, this section of river is well worth it if you are looking for a bigger challenge!

Adventure Facts

Minimum Age / Weight
16 years or older
River Time
2.5 Hours
Avon, CO
May 10th -> July 5th
Per Person
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