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

Rafting bighorn sheep canyon Colorado
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

Royal Gorge Rafting Colorado
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

Colorado Whitewater Rafting Browns Canyon
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

Multi-day Rafting Trips in Colorado
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

Specialty Rafting Trips in Colorado


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



Gunnison Gorge

Gunnison River Trips Colorado
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 on the Arkansas River
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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