Arkansas River White Water Rafting in Colorado | Arkansas River Tours

Colorado White Water River Rafting Trips

arkansas river raftingWhitewater rafting on the Arkansas River with Arkansas River Tours will be the highlight of your family vacation! The Arkansas River, a short trip from Colorado Springs or Denver, provides several options for your whitewater river rafting Colorado adventure. Family Class whitewater awaits you in Bighorn Canyon located close to other attractions such as the world famous Royal Gorge Bridge in Canon City. Extreme Adventure Class whitewater of the Royal Gorge thrills even the most avid rafter. The Royal Gorge is great for challenging rafting as it plunges 65 feet per mile through one of Colorado’s most dramatic gorges. Additional Family Class whitewater in Brown’s Canyon is available to visitors in the Salida or Buena Vista area, which is home to many of Colorado’s 14,000 foot peaks. We combine these sections for 2 or 3 day trips. Choose a white water rafting in Colorado as part of your vacation itinerary or make a multi-day trip the focus of your visit to Colorado’s whitewater playground. An 9% Colorado State Park use fee and access fee must be added to all Arkansas River trips.

Choose Your Whitewater Rafting Adventure


By Difficulty


family rafting on the arkansas river

Mild / Family

River trips for when you want to relax, spend time with family, or have fun with kids.

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Group Rafting on the Arkansas River

Medium / Intermediate

River trips for when you want the action and adventure of Colorado’s Mighty Arkansas River.

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charging the rapids on the arkansas river with paddles laughter and thrill in tow.

Spicy / Royal Gorge

We’re getting wet on these whitewater rafting adventures! Huge waves and lots of fun!

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By Length of Trip


Half Day Rafting Trips on the arkansas river

Half Day

Ideal whitewater trips when you just want a taste of adventure.

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Full Day whitewater Rafting on the Arkansas River

Full Day

Get the adventure and experience on a full day whitewater thrill ride!

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charging the rapids on the arkansas river and royal gorge for overnight multi day rafting trips with paddles laughter and thrill in tow.

Multi Day

Make a memorable experience to last a life time on these whitewater adventures!

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Our Other Whitewater Adventures


kayaking and inflateable kayak trips on the arkansas river

Duckie Trips

Challenge the Class II-III whitewater rapids of Bighorn Sheep Canyon.

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cable cars over the canyon on our rafting and adventure packages


Get the full Colorado adventure and experience with our packages!

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Woman doing stance on Yoga Trips on the Arkansas River in Colorado.

Yoga River Trips

Raft the River and experience the calm side of nature.

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By River and Location

white water rafting coloradoWilderness whitewater rafting trips on the Gunnison Gorge provide the perfect getaway to explore the ultimate experience of river travel. Camp on the banks, paddle the whitewater, fish for trout, enjoy bountiful meals or just relax in the splendor of Colorado’s most beautiful canyon. Our whitewater rafting Colorado excursions are unique with custom itineraries or themes such as fly-fishing or photography for you and your group. Trips are limited in size to insure your wilderness experience and to protect the resource.

Be sure to also check out our Colorado Fly Fishing Trips!


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Rafting Reviews We Love!

Rafting Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 5 reviews
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Amazing scenery, professional staff and really worth the $! We were completely informed on what to do in all situations before we got on the river so we wouldn’t get hurt in a high adventure environment. Our Guide of 37 years made sure we did everything right so we had a super adventure!

Full day excursion

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We were on a full day excursion with my husband, teenage son, myself and our Guide Mike D. Mike spend ample time going over techniques, commands and his sense of humor was awesome, made the trip a lot of fun! When the river got serious our Mike guided us through perfectly. I highly recommend the full day trip and Arkansas River Tours!!! SO MUCH FUN! Lynda, Dallas TX

We saw Bighorn Sheep!

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First time whitewater rafting and we had the best trip ever! Bighorn sheep sighting, beautiful weather and very entertaining with our guide Meg. We felt safe, relaxed and had a great experience, she even gave us extra clothing when we entered into the more demanding whitewater. We would recommend ART to anyone!

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