Steamboat's Rafting Headquarters!

Located in the heart of downtown Steamboat Springs, Bucking Rainbow runs five different  rivers ranging from mild to wild. Whether it’s a scenic float trip or a Class IV adventure, your family will enjoy a fun-filled trip with our expert staff. From mid-May through late September, we offer half, full and multi-day excursions with the ability to cater to large groups. Our professional and courteous guides are all state certified and CPR and First Aid certified.  Transportation Provided from Downtown Steamboat.


Check out our Rafting guides here.

River Class Explained:

Current River flow

Class I

Moving water with a few riffles and small waves. Few or no obstructions.

Class II

Easy rapids with smaller waves, clear channels that are obvious without scouting. Some maneuvering might be required.

Class III

Rapids with high, irregular waves. Narrow passages that often require precise maneuvering.

Class IV

Long, difficult rapids with constricted passages that often require complex maneuvering in turbulent water. The course may be hard to determine and scouting is often necessary.

Class V+

Extremely difficult, long, and very violent rapids with highly congested routes, which should be scouted from shore. Rescue conditions are difficult, and there is a significant hazard to life in the event of a mishap. The upper limit of what is possible in a commercial raft.

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