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. Give the gift of adventure this Holiday season! Gift certificates are available for all of our trips in 2014! 20% off all Arkansas river rafting and fishing trips booked before December 25!
Now accepting applications for all 2014 positions and our Professional River Guide Training Program. Visit our Employment page for details.
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 2014 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! Stay at Skyline Lodge at the Royal Gorge located on our property and walk to our office!
POPULAR RIVER AND RAIL PACKAGES
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!
COTTONWOOD FAMILY FLOATS
This is by far the best Family Float trip on the Arkansas River! This convenient trip offers the best whitewater for little kids with spectacular Rocky Mountain scenery. Our 1/4 day is a 5 mile trip with easy Class II-III rapids. This is the perfect introductory trip for families with little kids or timid beginners. You will float from Coaldale to our riverside base in Cotopaxi while enjoying scenic views of the Sangre de Cristo Range. This itinerary is the best trip on the Arkansas River for families with young kids. We are the only outfitter offering this trip since we conveniently finish this trip right at our riverside base!
INFLATABLE KAYAKS – DUCKIE TRIPS
Water levels are now perfect for duckie trips, call us today! 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.