Colorado Whitewater Rafting & Kayaking
Arkansas River Rafting
The Arkansas is open for rafting from May though September. The 100-mile stretch of water is used by more than 400,000 rafters, kayakers, fishermen, campers and wildlife viewers each year. The Arkansas River has an average gradient of 38 feet per mile.
The Arkansas River is divided in three different sections. The upper section, the Bighorn, flows by the Cotopaxi cliffs. As you cruise down the river, you will experience geological formations and views of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range. It is also common to see bighorn sheep as you raft down the river. These rapids are classified as III-IV rapids.
Continuing down the river is the Royal Gorge section of the river. This section of the river features giant waves, steep technical drops and almost continuous whitewater through the narrow canyon of the Royal Gorge. As you adventure though some of the most challenging whitewater you'll find, you may not even notice the Royal Gorge Bridge 1053' above the river. To traverse this section, you must be in good physical shape to navigate the class IV-V rapids.
Brown's canyon is the last section of the Arkansas River, which runs near the Buena Vista Area. This section of the river is tamer than the other sections and is more suitable for all ages with class III-III+ rapids.
The International Rapid Rating Scale:
- Class I: Easy. Fast moving water with riffles, small waves.
- Class II: Novice. Straightforward rapids, wide, clear channels.
- Class III: Intermediate. Rapids, moderate, irregular waves.
- Class IV: Advanced. Intense, powerful rapids, precise boat handling.
- Class V: Expert. Long, obstructed, violent rapids.
Places to Stay & Fun things to Do
In the Heart of the Rockies, 2 miles east of Salida. Full RV hookups on level, grassy sites by the churning Arkansas River. 3 mountain cabins. Open all year. $AVE MONEY, LONGER STAY! Multi-night discounts.
Whitewater Rafting on 4 different rivers, serving vacationers from Buena Vista to Breckenridge. Activity Packages: Fishing expeditions, full moon raft trips, zip line tours, mountain biking & kayak instruction.
Rafting! Family Fun to Expert Runs. 1/2 & Full Day trips in Bighorn Sheep Canyon and the Royal Gorge. Great Guides + Great Prices = Great Value! It's that simple! COMMITTED TO SAFETY & EXCELLENCE!
Based in Denver Metro Area in Morrison! Geo Tours is WHITEWATER RAFTING in Denver. Experienced Staff - same ownership since 1981. Clear Creek part-day trips; closest to Denver, perfect family outing.
2000 foot frontage on beautiful Arkansas River with great fly fishing. WI-FI on-site. Campground & cabins with kitchenettes. Motel rooms. Family rates. Riverside pavilion for groups. Near ATV tours & trails.
Since 1973, ART offers exceptional whitewater rafting trips on the Arkansas River; in Cotopaxi, between Canon City & Salida. Family reunions are our specialty! Gunnison Gorge Tours Wilderness Adventures.
Near Buena Vista, Salida, fishing, rafting, off-roading, hiking, and hot springs pools. Log Cabins have a kitchen and bathroom, sleep 6. Some RV & tent sites along Chalk Creek. Large BIG RIGS full hookups!
TWO GREAT RIVERS - TWO CONVENIENT LOCATIONS! Whitewater trips on the Arkansas River (Royal Gorge) and on Clear Creek (Idaho Springs), 2 hours to multi-day trips. There's something for everyone!
A full service outdoor company -- rafting, biking, zip-lines: Rock Gardens Rafting, Glenwood Bike Tours, Glenwood Canyon Zipline Adventures, Highside Adventure Tours, Colorado Canopy Adventures.
Twice Named Colorado's: Company of the Year! Offering 1/2 to 10 day whitewater rafting trips on 5 Colorado rivers. Featuring Inn-to-Inn rafting. Located on the banks of the Arkansas River in Buena Vista.
Your river adventure starts in Canon City: fun family floats or a wild ride through challenging whitewater, your pick! We offer trips for all ages. 2-hours from Denver. Less than one hour from Colorado Springs!
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall - MoonShadow is a 1st Class Family Vacation Home. Breathe deep, relax, enjoy quiet tranquillity. 4-bedroom Ranch between Salida and Canon City in the Royal Gorge Region.
The family whitewater rafting specialists since 1983! Half-day, full-day, overnight trips on the Arkansas River. Noah's Ark is dedicated to excellence, adventure and fun. Group discounts with reservations.
Raft Two Rivers: The incredible Arkansas River is 45 miles from Colorado Springs in Canon City; and, Clear Creek only 30 miles from Denver in Idaho Springs. FREE wetsuit and river-boot use on all trips.
Between Salida and Buena Vista the Outdoor Center is in the Heart of Colorado's Rocky Mountains. Fun, exciting raft trips for all ages and abilities, all with Free WETSUIT Use! DISCOUNTS for Groups of 10+.
Experience Counts! Ours & yours! We always provide free wetsuits, private photographers & entertaining slideshows of your trip and more! All Royal Gorge Rafting guides have a minimum of 4 years experience.
More Activities & Information
Buena Vista Area, Colorado includes: Johnson Village, Nathrop, St. Elmo
Royal Gorge Area, Colorado includes: Canon City, Coaldale, Cotopaxi, Florence, Guffey, Penrose, Texas Creek
Salida, Colorado includes: Howard, Monarch, Poncha Springs