The Big Gay Raft Trip is held each summer in Glenwood Springs, CO. This summer the 16th annual events will bring together 130+ guys and gals from all over Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, New Mexico, Arizona, Nebraska and around the country for two weekends of rafting and wet camaraderie on the Colorado River. A full day of rafting, including lunch, is less than $150
The August departure usually sees calmer waters so you don't spill your beer. Sit back, relax, and check out the scenery in Glenwood Canyon. There are still a couple of good rapids to toss you into the river. Calmer and warmer leads to more swimming and water fights, so bring a water gun!
Take the day off! Head to Glenwood Springs. It's only about a 2.5 hour drive from Denver.
• 3:00pm - 5:00pm: Welcome Happy Hour - Glenwood Springs Inn
Rooftop141 W. 6th St., Glenwood Springs, CO
adult beverages, light snacks included.
• 5:00pm - 7:00pm: Dinner (See suggestions below)
• 8:00pm - Midnight: Friday Pool Party moves to Iron Mountain Hot Springs for an Adults only event $69.00
Iron Mountain will close at 10 for regular patrons and we will have the soaking pools to ourslves until midnight. The bar will stay open until 11:30.
Ticket price includes admission to the brand new premium, adults only section of Iron Mountain and towel. Cash bar. No outside food or drinks. Lockers are first come first served.
• 9:15am: Meet at the Rafting Company (Location provided to registered guests) for safety briefing, lifevest and bus ride to Glenwood Canyon.
• Raft all day. Lunch will be provided. All required equipment will be provided. A list of personal supplies (water, sunscreen, beer etc) will be sent out before the trip.
• Return to the rafting company around 5:00pm
• Evening: Dinner suggestions below.
10:00am Brunch TBD
Optional Activities: Glenwood Caverns, Bike Glenwood Canyon, Glennwood Hot Springs, etc.
New host hotel for 2023!
Glenwood Springs Inn
141 W. 6th St., Glenwood Springs, CO
1 Queen Bed: $215.84/night incl. tax
2 Queen Beds: $227.20/night incl. tax
Book Online Using Promo Code: Bgrt0823
Note: Two night minimum stay required. One night non-refundable deposit required at time of booking.
Staying at the host hotel is not required, but guests who don't stay at the hotel miss out on a lot of the impromptu social interactions. Welcome happy hour on Friday is included in the ticket price and is open to all registered rafters.
Full Day Rafting, including lunch: $149.
All necessary equipment including life vests will be provided. No experience needed.
There are lockers for storing car keys and other items. We will return to the boat house at lunch so that you can check your phone, reapply sunscreen, etc.
More information about gear, meet-up times and location, etc will be mailed out 1 week prior to the event.
Trip is strictly for adults 21 or over.
Rafting must be booked by August 13, 2023 (unless sold out sooner). Your reservation is fully-refundable through August 6, 2023, minus a $20 per guest administration fee. Non-refundable after August 6, 2023.
Trip is rain or shine. No refunds for weather or river conditions. Check the weather and river conditions before the refund deadline of August 6, 2023.