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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.

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4 Seasons RV Resort email this Colorado cabin Photos available on Colorado vacation page Link to special offers and discounts icon
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.
Adventure Company, The link to Colorado vacation
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.
Adventure Outfitters link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
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!
Agate Dog Inc dba Geo Tours Whitewater Raft Trips link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
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.
Arkansas River KOA & Loma Linda Motel email this Colorado cabin Photos available on Colorado vacation page
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.
Arkansas River Tours email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
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.
Chalk Creek Campground, Cabins & RV Park link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
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!
Clear Creek Rafting Co. email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
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!
Colorado Adventure Center link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
A full service outdoor center -- rafting, biking, zip-lines: Rock Gardens Rafting, Glenwood Bike Tours, Glenwood Canyon Zipline Adventures, Highside Adventure Tours, Colorado Canopy Adventures.
Colorado Adventures - Wilderness Aware Rafting link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page Link to special offers and discounts icon
Twice Named Colorado's: Company of the Year! Rafting adventures with Inn-to-Inn stays for multi-day excursions. Daily raft trips on 5 Colorado rivers through the wilderness. BE AWARE: Family Outdoor Fun!
MoonShadow Ranch link to Colorado vacation New Colorado vacation business
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.
Noah's Ark Whitewater Rafting and Adventure Co. "Miles from Ordinary" link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page New Colorado vacation business
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 Masters, Inc link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page New Colorado vacation business
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.
Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
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+.
Royal Gorge Rafting, Zip Line Tours, Vacation Rentals & White Water Bar & Grill link to Colorado vacation
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

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