Arkansas River Tours - Family Floats to Extreme Adventures


Family Friendly White-water Rafting and Kayaking 

Family floating down the Arkansas River on a whitewater rafting tour with Arkansas River Tours near the Royal Gorge and Salida, Colorado.
Adventure on The Arkansas River -- Rafting Tours Range from Mild Cottonwood Family Floats to the Extreme Whitewater of The Royal Gorge

Arkansas River Tours Celebrating 50 Years of Classic Whitewater Rafting in Colorado

River Trips on the Arkansas River and the Gunnison Gorge

Since 1973, Arkansas River Tours has connected more than 300,000 HAPPY GUESTS to the river! ART has been committed to providing the safest, highest-quality river trips available. Adventures are available for the timid beginner to the experienced veteran on America's most popular whitewater rivers. Our river trips include whitewater rafting, fly fishing and other land adventures on the Arkansas River and the Gunnison Gorge.

Arkansas River Tours is proud of our reputation for running trips for a diverse clientele. We can arrange custom trips for guests including family groups, Scouts, youth camps and corporate groups.

A group of people whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River near the Royal Gorge and Salida, Colorado. Experience the Thrill of Whitewater Rafting with Arkansas River Tours.
Experience the Thrill of Whitewater -- Raft with Arkansas River Tours -- Guiding Since 1973
Family enjoying a relaxed boat trip on the Arkansas River near the Royal Gorge and Salida, Colorado. Specializing in Family Reunions, Wilderness Tours, and Fun Filled Family Float Trips.
Specializing in Family Reunions -- Wilderness Tours -- Fun-Filled Family Float Trips

Day Trips on the Arkansas River

We offer 1/4-Day, 1/2-Day and Full Day trips on the Arkansas River in the Royal Gorge region from our convenient bases in Cañon City and right on the river in Cotopaxi near Salida. Trips range from Family Floats in the Cottonwood Canyon to intermediate/family friendly trips in the Bighorn Sheep Canyon or Browns Canyon National Monument to the extreme adventures in the Royal Gorge.

Group Rates: Reunions and Families are Our Specialty!

Everyone can pick a section of the river based on their capabilities and time they want to be rafting. At the end of the day all trips come back to our base where you can share your day's experiences and view a slide show of every raft. Perfect for the whole family, all skill levels and ages 4 years plus.

Adventure Packages

With an adventure package you can add an ATV Tour, Zipline or Ropes Course, Train Ride or Horseback Riding adventure with your rafting package. These add-ons are completely customizable to meet your groups needs please just call to create your custom summer adventure! Call 800-321-4352 -- mention the Colorado Vacation Directory.

Multi-Day "MINI-VACATIONS" on the Arkansas River

Multi-Day "mini-vacations" are available on the Arkansas River by combining full day trips in Browns Canyon, Bighorn Sheep Canyon and the Royal Gorge with private camping and delicious meals prepared by your guides at our riverside location. It will be the highlight of your trip to Colorado!

2-Day or 3-Day Trips -- Gunnison Gorge Wilderness Adventures

If you are looking for an exclusive, wilderness adventure in one of the most beautiful canyons in the West, then choose our Gunnison Gorge trip below the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. 2-Days or 3-Days of rafting with fun whitewater, spectacular scenery, exceptional fly-fishing for trout and unspoiled campsites. Small groups of 12 including guides guarantee a very unique experience.


Arkansas River Tours is located right on the river in south central Colorado!

ADDRESS SALIDA AREA: 19487 US Highway 50, Cotopaxi CO 81223

ADDRESS ROYAL GORGE AREA: 49311 US Highway 50 in Cañon City CO 81212

EMAIL: Use link above -- We would love to answer your questions directly.

PHONE: 719-942-4362 or 800-321-4352 -- CALL today For Current Rates and Availability; To Book Your Vacation Adventure: mention the Colorado Vacation Directory.



  • Specialty Discounts (call for availability): Groups. Military Personnel.



  • Groups Welcome: Club. Corporate. Reunion. Weddings. Youth group with adult leaders. Retreat.
  • Group Meeting Area: Outdoor area.
  • Your Host will Cater or Arrange Meals with Advance Arrangements: Yes


  • Open Dates For On-Site Activities: 4/1 to 9/15

Primarily Year Round Activities

  • National Forests & BLM Lands: On site.
  • State Parks: On site.

Primarily Summer Activities

  • Fishing in River, Stream or Creek: On site.
  • Guided Fishing Trips (Licensed): Wade Fishing. Float Fishing.
  • Fly Shop: On site.
  • Whitewater Rafting Office/Pickup point: On site.

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