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Whitewater Rafting Colorado – Arkansas River

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 whitewater 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.


Bighorn Canyon

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Family Rafting in Bighorn Sheep Canyon. First timers or experienced rafters will enjoy fun and exciting Class II-III+ rapids. Trips for families with kids as young as 5 years old.

 
 

Royal Gorge

Arkansas River Whitewater!
Royal Gorge whitewater rafting is the most challenging Class IV-IV+ rapids we offer! This ultimate rafting experience features huge waves, steep technical drops and almost continuous action.

 
 

Browns Canyon

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America’s newest National Monument! Combine exciting whitewater with spectacular views of some of Colorado’s highest peaks. Class II-III+ rapids are suitable for families, first timers and experienced rafters.

Multi-Day Trips

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A true mini-vacation! Combine Brown’s Canyon, Bighorn Sheep Canyon and the Royal Gorge for 2 or 3 day adventures. Riverside camping, fantastic meals and time around the campfire highlight your Colorado rafting vacation.

More River Adventures


Fly Fishing

Colorado Fly Fishing
Float fish the Gold Medal Arkansas River! Fly fish for Brown and Rainbow trout with our professional guides. Evening Floats to multi-day fishing expeditions. Wilderness 3 day trips in the Gunnison Gorge.

Specialty Trips

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  • Gunnison Gorge Photography Workshop with John Fielder
  • Corporate Team Building trips
  • Boy Scout and Girl Scout trips

Gunnison Gorge

Gunnison Gorge Rafting
Wilderness multi-day trips below Black Canyon National Park. This exclusive trip can be run as 2 Day Whitewater adventure or a 3 day Fishing expedition. Gold Medal fishing, exciting rapids plus exquisite scenery and camping.

River & Rail

River and Rail Packages
Combine rafting with a steak or chicken BBQ lunch cooked by the river and a Royal Gorge train ride. Choose a ½ Day Bighorn Sheep Canyon trip or a Cottonwood Family Float to start your adventure.

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Prime Time for Arkansas River Rafting!

Arkansas River Whitewater!

July is prime time for rafting in Colorado on the Arkansas River!   The Royal Gorge is at perfect levels for high adventure and the Bighorn Sheep Canyon provides great family class whitewater.   This is our busiest month so book early as there are some sold out dates!   See you on the river soon!

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Record High Water and why it is a fun thing!

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Yesterday we set an all time high water level of 6300 cubic feet per second.   Yes, it is high but here is the good thing.  The Arkansas River has many access points and various sections so ALL trips for ALL levels are still available!  We simply move itineraries around for the appropriate trip.  EVERYONE is having fun out there!  And the heat is on with temperature hitting the high 80’s and low 90’s.

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Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence

Arkansas River Tours has just received the Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor.  Thanks to all our wonderful customers who posted reviews that resulted in this honor.   We are still the # 1 activity in Cotopaxi !  Click on the Trip Advisor icon on the top of this page to see our reviews.

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Let the fun begin!

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We are now open for whitewater adventures on all of our Arkansas River trips!   Call us today to reserve your trip! The snowpack has increased in April and we are right at normal which will mean great water levels for the 2015 season.  We also have about 2 more weeks for float fishing trips. There are still a few more spots for our Gunnison Gorge – Photography Workshop trip with John Fielder.  This trip is May 16-18, 2015.  Call for more information today!

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