The Big Gay Raft Trip is held each summer in Glenwood Springs, CO. This summer the 14th annual events will bring together 100+ guys and gals from all over Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Iowa 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!
IMPORTANT COVID-19 Update: The trip returns! We highly suggest everyone get the vaccine and we will be following any CDC, state, and local guidelines.
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.
Dinner: On your own. We will send out a list of our favorites.
• Around 9:00am: Meet at the Rafting Company (Location and specific time for your raft provided before the event) for safety briefing, harness (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
Dinner: On your own, We will send out a list of suggestions.
Brunch on your own.
Optional Activities: Glenwood Caverns, Bike Glenwood Canyon, Glennwood Hot Springs, etc.
Caravan Inn will be the official host hotel for the 14th year in a row! We've negotiated special rates with them for the weekend:
1 King Bed: $119/night plus tax
2 Queen Beds: $139/night plus tax
Suites and other rooms available by calling
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. Poolside happy hour on Friday is included in the room rate and is open to hotel guests only.
Full Day Rafting, including lunch: $TBA.
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.
Registration will open in late June. The date is confirmed and guaranteed for those of you needing to make travel plans.
Rafting must be booked by August 15, 2021 (unless sold out sooner). Your reservation is fully-refundable through August 15, 2021, minus a $20 administration fee. Non-refundable after August 15, 2021.
Trip is rain or shine. No refunds for weather or river conditions. Check the weather and river conditions before the refund deadline of August 15, 2021.