Defiance Rafting
Defiance Rafting
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
“We believe everyone needs a little adventure in their lives - whether it’s the exhilaration of staring down the status quo and doing something new or the satisfaction of pushing fear aside to step outside of your comfort zone. That mindset drives the decisions we make and the company we are. It’s what fuels us to be good and do good. More than anything, it’s why everyone at Defiance Rafting is committed to providing you an experience that gives you the adventure you’re looking for.” — Heather, Gregory, and Elsie Defiance Rafting is located in Glenwood Springs, Colorado between Aspen and Vail on the Western Slope of the Colorado Rockies. Defiance Rafting Company is a Glenwood Springs whitewater rafting company, offering family-friendly whitewater rafting trips on the Colorado River.
Glenwood Springs, Colorado

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Travelers' Choice
2023

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ItsDavidNeverDave
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Solo
This company is amazing. Great attitude. Wonderful guides. They care about their business, the river and their guests. Brad was freaking awesome on our trip. Funny dude. Great guide! I took a full day trip on my birthday and I wouldn’t recommend anything less. The highlights are great to see if you gotta be quick but spending the day is the full experience and Defiance knows how to deliver an experience.

We hit Shoshone immediately at 9:30 am. It was wild and cold. Straight to the point. After a few hours of rapids, calm waters, Brad intentionally dunking my side of the boat in waves we broke off into the ducky kayaks and spent the rest of the day on a chill float down the river. We stoped in hot springs, chilled on tiny beaches, mooned the Amtrak and attempted to investigate a mini hike. Brad had interesting facts about how the Native Americans carved this canyon for the river and as a collective art project. He knew a lot about the wild life and showed us several short necked winged giraffes, a bald eagle he affectionately called Baldy and some dairy bears.

The sandwich provided was delicious and adequate. Brad gave me his chips too. That helped but bringing a snack is advised. Leave your phone and camera in the car. Enjoy the time you have on the river, in the canyon and with the people that run these trips. You’re memories will be more vivid than any picture you capture. 🦦
Written July 22, 2020
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Thank you for spending your birthday with Defiance Rafting! We appreciate this detailed review of your full day trip. We love what we do and hope that carries over into the experience for each of our guests. Great advice to stay in the moment and enjoy the time in the canyon and on the river!
Written July 25, 2020
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David K
Golden1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Family
Defiance promised a small child friendly intro to Glenwood Canyon and really delivered. From 2 yo to grandparents all had a great time on the Colorado. All set up phone calls and emails handled courteously and efficiently by Gregory and team, and guide Nate kept everyone safe and entertained. Smiles all around. Thanks Defiance!
Written June 21, 2020
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Kaitlyn H
Denver, CO4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Friends
We did a full day of rafting and it was an absolute blast. It was my first time going so I was very nervous to begin with. The Shoshone rapids on a big boat with our group was so much fun! Like being on a rollercoaster. Then after lunch we went into our own personal boats. This was a blast navigating the river and rapids on your own. It’s a beautiful paddle down the river. Our guides Brad and Nathan were amazing. They kept calm under some stressful situations and I had full confidence in them to lead our group. I’d do it again in a heart beat!
Written June 16, 2020
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Awesome. Thanks for circling back and sharing your experience, Kaitlyn! Hopefully, we get to see you again soon! Take care – Gregory
Written June 20, 2020
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Li E
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We really enjoyed our time on the river with Jamie as our guide. The scenery was spectacular and the rapids were just the right difficulty for our family of 4. We haven't been rafting much and Jamie was super experienced, made us feel comfortable, and kept the conversation lively and interesting throughout the trip. We added on two duckies for the girls and they had the best time navigating the water on their own for part of the time. Reservations and communication with the company was easy and photos turned out fantastic. Thanks Jamie and all the folks a Defiance for one of the best experiences we had on our trip to Colorado.
Written July 18, 2021
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Miketrain732
Lakewood, NJ7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
How many times can we say WOW!? A friend of ours recommended Defiance Rafting and boy were they on the money! We have rafted with other companies before, including the Colorado River, but this experience by far topped them all. The entire staff were super patient with our large family (7 people with children ages 7-20) but the biggest gem was our guide Jeremy. Our family gets quite active and rowdy on such fun trips and he just fed off our energy big time! He was extremely skilled in guiding the raft, in keeping everyone calm, in making the experience as much fun as it can possibly be etc. He was also very knowledgeable in the local area and had answers for every one of our questions. Jeremy made it a very personal experience too by making sure to learn all our names quickly. Even after the trip he was extraordinarily helpful to our family in helping us set up our supper right there on premises. Overall the Defiance Rafting experience is amazing too. Doing the Shoshone rapids makes you want to do it again. And that's exactly what this tour does-they do the rapids twice! Also, their facilities are fantastic. There is a bathhouse with hot showers and soap that is extremely well maintained. Don't bother trying anywhere else, just go straight to Defiance (and try to get Jeremy!)
Written August 22, 2022
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DeBeerFam
Highlands Ranch, CO1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
We had a blast with Brad on the half-day trip! The water wasn’t running particularly high, but Brad made sure we hit every wave and we all had a great time (two adults and three teen/young adults). We felt very safe and well taken care of throughout the trip. Highly recommend!
Written August 21, 2022
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TinaTowns
Addison, IL5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Family
Traveling from Black Canyon NP to Rocky Mountains NP so booked a 1/2 day white water adventure to break up the long road trip .. this was the best decision we made .. Defiance Rafting was well run, organized, clean equipment and the staff was incredible!! Our only regret was not having enough time to do a full day adventure.
Written May 21, 2022
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What a great way to take a roadtrip break! Thanks for taking the time to leave this review. Come back and see us again and we can get you on the Full Day Adventure!
Written July 9, 2022
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Mount Horeb, WI74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
We liked this rafting outfitter SO much we went twice in the same week. Our guide was 'Mudflap'. He is VERY knowledgeable and absolutely wonderful with rafters of all abilities and ages. He shared lots of knowledge about the area and is skilled in guiding. Mudflap is an absolute joy to be around and so is the rest of the Defiance team.
Written July 17, 2021
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Craig R
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Friends
We celebrated my 40th birthday doing the all day float and all I can say is wow! Our guide was Anna and she was an absolute blast and definitely kept us entertained during the experience. The lunch at the halfway mark was perfect for a river lunch. A BBQ chicken sandwich with pasta salad, chips, dessert, and water. The duckies on the second half was a great time as well and allowed us to experience things under our own hands. Thank you for such a great experience and would highly recommend them to anyone.
Written July 1, 2021
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Watermeyer
Fort Wayne, IN33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
Our family of four plus grandparents had a wonderful full day rafting trip with Brad as our guide. It was a wonderful day all the way around and Brad made us laugh, taught us what to do and shared his knowledge of the river and the area in an entertaining way. We felt safe and well cared for. We pre-ordered the picture package and have nearly 70 pictures capturing the fun and excitement of the Shoshone rapids.. We wouldn't think twice about booking with Defiance again. Highly recommend!
Written July 5, 2020
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