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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

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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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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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We are open for float fishing!

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We are open for the 2015 Float Fishing season!   Hungry fish are cooperating to make this a great start to the season.  Flows are conducive for a great fry emergence and the water is clear.   We are focusing on baetis hatches and caddis are not far behind having started hatching in Canon City.  Of course, streamers from the boat are still my favorite way to go!

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Mumford & Sons Announces Gentlemen of the Road Stopover in Salida

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Salida, CO – Mumford & Sons are pleased to announce the details of their forthcoming Gentlemen of the Road Stopover in Salida, CO on August 21st and 22nd.  The Stopover includes numerous internationally acclaimed artists, including The Flaming Lips, Dawes, Jenny Lewis, The Vaccines, TuneYards, James Vincent McMorrow, JEFF The Brotherhood, Blake Mills and more to be announced. There are four Stopover locations in North America, each a two-day event that combines the intimacy of a community celebration with the excitement of a world-class music festival.  Mumford & Sons will headline the Saturday shows.  A series of smaller events involving local businesses, […]

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