Fort Collins and Estes Park Rafting on the Poudre River!

Celebrating our 39th Season, A Wanderlust Adventure has entertained over 200,000 Estes Park vacationers offering fantastic whitewater rafting trips on the Cache La Poudre River. Locals call it the Poudre River, pronounced “Poo-der”. Our company provides super fun raft trips within an easy drive of Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Fort Collins, Boulder, Denver and Cheyenne.

Choose from two exciting trips on Colorado's only National "Wild and Scenic" River. If you are looking for real outdoor adventure in Northern Colorado we highly recommend whitewater rafting on the Poudre River. A great reason to choose the Poudre River is because of strict regulations that it receives from Roosevelt National Forest. Because of this the Poudre River has less outfitters operating on it which makes it less crowded than other rivers in Colorado. We also have limits on the amount of guests we can take which adds to the overall experience of your trip.

The scenery in the Poudre Canyon is exceptional and the almost continuous whitewater will provide excitement, thrills and lifelong memories that will be the highlight of your Colorado vacation! We offer mild to wild rafting trips that are great for families as well as adrenaline seekers. Our online reservations make it easy for you to book your trip. Whitewater rafting is a great team building activity and Wanderlust specializes in taking youth groups, church organizations and boy scouts. We can also set up a lunch for your large group before or after your rafting trip.

Whitewater rafting is one of the top things to do during your stay in Estes Park and Fort Collins. Wanderlust boasts the best reviews on TripAdvisor, Google and Yelp. We employ the most professional guides on the Poudre River. Our guides average nine summers of experience and are hand-picked for their fun personalities and customer service skills.

Wanderlust also uses newer equipment including state of the art NRS self-bailing rafts with foot cups, first aid kits and grab lines. We provide the free use of water proof paddle jackets to help keep our guests warm. Our company also has wetsuit and insulated wetshoe rentals that are washed after every trip.

Before or after your rafting trip you are going to be hungry. We have an onsite restaurant for your convenience. Famous for its home style cooking and scrumptious cinnamon rolls, Vern’s Place has been a local favorite for over 65 years. Vern’s offers breakfast, lunch and dinner so save your appetite. The restaurant has an outdoor patio, bakery, gift store, tackle shop and a gas station. There is also plenty of room to park your RV or Charter Bus in our over-sized parking lot.

After your trip we encourage you to check out the HD photos and videos of your rafting adventure. We take more photos in more locations and offer the best deals available. Our 2,000 square foot retail store has the World’s largest supply of Wanderlust Rafting T-Shirts and hats. We also have changing rooms and restrooms. Wanderlust offers early and late season discounts on our rafting trips. Discounts are limited so please call for details.

A Wanderlust Adventure is a “Licensed River Outfitter – Issued by Colorado Parks and Wildlife” and permitted through the National Forest Service. Since 1982 we have been managed under the same ownership. Over the years we have seen the rafting industry go through many changes. We have adapted to these changes, raised our standards, improved our company and stayed in business by paying attention to what our guests want. We understand this may be your first raft trip. Whether you choose a mild or wild trip, we try to make it the highlight of your vacation!


We will have Limited Early and Late Season Discounts in 2020. Limited Discounts will be good for all trips between May 15th and June 17th, as well as after August 9th.  Please call 970-482-1995 or if you want to book your trip online use the code save10 May 15th – June 17th or code augustdiscount after August 9th at checkout to save $10 off per person for any trip you choose. […]

This season is our 39th year of rafting on the Poudre River. Over the years our company has experienced many challenges and we have endeavoured to adapt, learn and push forward. 

The novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is one of those challenging times. Like so many other companies and people, we are closely watching the global and community impact. Because of government guidelines and social distancing our season opening date is now June 6th. Our liberal cancellation policy remains the same as it always has. We require 7 days notice from the date of your rafting trip for a 100% refund with no service charge. If we have to cancel your trip due to COVID -19 there will also be a full refund. The safety of our guests and our staff is of the utmost concern to us. We plan to adapt to the challenges of COVID-19 and offer amazing whitewater rafting trips on Colorado's only National "Wild & Scenic" River, the Cache La Poudre. We look forward to rafting with you and your family this summer!