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.
Adventure Packages: Full moon raft trips, zipline tours, kayak instruction, fishing expeditions, mountain biking. A Whitewater Company Rafting on 4 rivers, serving vacationers from Buena Vista to Breckenridge.
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 along beautiful Arkansas River with great fly fishing. WI-FI! KOA Campground and Loma Linda motel rooms and cabins with kitchenettes. Riverside group pavilion. Near ATV tours, trails. Family rates.
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, hot springs pools. Log Cabins have kitchen and bathroom. Some campground sites along Chalk Creek. Large full hookups RV sites! FREE WI-FI!!
Colorado's largest indoor hot springs aquatic center is open year-round in Salida. Relax in natural, hot, mineral water. Public family swimming and soaking pools. Private European style natural hot baths.
Whitewater trips on TWO GREAT RIVERS: The Arkansas River and Clear Creek. TWO CONVENIENT LOCATIONS: Royal Gorge and Idaho Springs! 2 hours to multi-day rafting tours. Something for everyone!
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.
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!
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.
Rafting on Two Rivers: The incredible Arkansas River, 45 miles from Colorado Springs in Canon City; and, Clear Creek, 30 miles from Denver in Idaho Springs. Raft Masters FREE wetsuit and river-boot use.
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: Cañon City, Coaldale, Cotopaxi, Florence, Guffey, Penrose, Texas Creek
Salida, Colorado includes: Howard, Monarch, Poncha Springs