The Crystal River

The Crystal River is a tributary of the Roaring Fork River, south of Carbondale, Colorado. It drains into a glacial valley, called the Valley of the Coal Miners, which was historically known as a center of coal mining in southwestern Colorado. It rises in northern Gunnison County in the Elk Mountains on the north side of Schofield Pass, passing through the ghost town of Crystal City. It then flows north past Marble, then into Pitkin County past Redstone. It joins the Roaring Fork below Carbondale. Below Redstone is where rafting trips begin with crisp waters that flow freely, only snow just days ago. Avalanche Creek comes in splashing through narrow chutes. After the rush comes calm waters as you get the first up front views of Mt. Sopris before entering Carbondale.

Up the Creek Rafting is proud to be the ONLY company able to give you exclusive access to the Crystal River. Not only do you get private property access, but you get to warm your body in luxurious hot springs after your raft trip.