We are Defiance Rafting Co.

Rock Gardens Rafting, located in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, operated out of Glenwood Canyon Resort for over 30 years. Our story of Defiance emerges from this rafting legacy.

Back in 2000, Gregory landed in Glenwood Springs and became a raft guide for Rock Gardens Rafting. In that moment, the seed of a dream was planted; although, it would take well over a decade for the dream to become a reality.

So, why Defiance Rafting Company? The name Defiance is a nod to the original naming of the townsite that was later changed to Glenwood Springs.  Defiance also resonates with our story of defying conventional wisdom.  Our lives were complete with a lovely home, professional careers, and the creature comforts those careers provided. Yet, something was missing, and we seemed to be moving further away from our personal motivations while stuck in the daily grind. We desired community, getting back outside, and sharing our love of the river. Without looking back, we left it all to launch Defiance Rafting Company.

Defiance Rafting Company is more then pushing rubber boats down a river and making up for lost time, it is also about creating a platform for doing good in our community and having an opportunity to give back. We believe in creating lasting river memories and providing a forum for others to experience the greatness of the Colorado River, the magnificence of Glenwood Canyon, and the charm of Glenwood Springs. We thank you for contributing to our success and helping us extend our vision beyond what we thought possible.

See you on the river!

Ryan Lee