Join us for an exciting Colorado white water rafting trip this season!
Arkansas River Tours has been offering exceptional whitewater rafting in Colorado since 1973. Colorado’s Rocky Mountains are the birthplace of more major rivers than any other mountain range in the U.S. Colorado’s Arkansas River, the most popular river in America, provides a variety of rafting experiences ranging from ½ day trips to multi-day trips with camping, easy whitewater for family vacation adventures to challenging extreme adventures in Class IV+ whitewater. Three unique canyons, Bighorn Canyon, Brown’s Canyon and the Royal Gorge provide whitewater rafting trips for the timid beginner to the seasoned veteran.
2 Convenient Locations – Cañon City and Cotopaxi, CO.
Our new location in Cañon City is only 1 hour from Colorado Springs and 2 hours from Denver! Trips will now meet in Cañon City near the Royal Gorge and in Cotopaxi at our Bighorn Sheep Canyon riverside location. Check out our web deals for the 2013 season!
The ultimate whitewater challenge in Colorado. A 1/2 day or full day Royal Gorge rafting trip will test the hardiest paddlers. This is our most popular Class IV-V whitewater trip. The heart-pounding whitewater in the Royal Gorge is a must for every whitewater adventurer. Don’t miss it! Now leaving from our convenient location in Canon City, 10 minutes to the put-in and 5 minutes from the take-out! NEW! Stay at Skyline Lodge at the Royal Gorge located on our property and walk to our office!
POPULAR PACKAGES WITH AREA ATTRACTIONS
Visit our River and Rail Package page for our new itinerary including a delicious steak or chicken BBQ lunch at our riverside picnic area. Combine the thrill of rafting in Bighorn Sheep Canyon with a spectacular train ride through the Royal Gorge with the Royal Gorge Route Railroad. Choose our 1/2 Day Bighorn Sheep Canyon trip or our Cottonwood Family Float which allow kids as young as 5 years old. Our package includes a round-trip train ride. Two of the Royal Gorge regions favorite activities in one day!
NEW for 2013! We are now offering Rafting and Royal Gorge Bridge and Park packages. Combine a Cottonwood Family Float, a 1/2 day Bighorn Sheep Canyon or Royal Gorge rafting trip with a discounted ticket to the world famous Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. High Altitude adventure packages for the Sky Coaster and Zip Line are also available.
INFLATABLE KAYAKS – DUCKIE TRIPS – NEW FOR 2013!
We have added exciting duckie trips in Bighorn Sheep Canyon for the adventurous paddler looking to take on the rapids in their own craft! Join us for this exciting river experience on a Full Day or 1/2 Day duckie adventure on the Arkansas River! Duckies can also be added to Rio Chama or Gunnison Gorge trips.
GROUP RAFTING TRIPS
Groups of 6 or more can book exclusive launches on the Gunnison Gorge or the Rio Chama. Dates are available in May, late August and early September. Call for details. These are the perfect getaway trips on a wilderness river that are all about you! Customized and exclusive trips for just your group are also available on the Arkansas River.
Our riverside base is the perfect basecamp for a 2 or 3 day Arkansas River multi-day adventure. Combine Bighorn Sheep Canyon, Brown’s Canyon and the Royal Gorge to experience the finest rafting in Colorado in one trip. Exceptional meals are provided by your guides as you enjoy camping right by the river at our private campsite. On site amenities include permanent tents with cots, private fishing, showers, horseshoes, volleyball and evening campfires.
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* A 3 to 8% BLM, Colorado State Park and/or access fee will be applied to all trips.