Come have a Summer you will never forget on the Arkansas River in beautiful Colorado! Arkansas River Tours (ART) has been a whitewater rafting/fishing outfitter since 1973, with over 50 years of experience we have a lot to offer. We focus on safety, adventure, leadership, equality and the environment. Our mission is to enhance people’s lives through outdoor recreation on the river and we are a very tight knit team that is passionate about this. We raft and fish from Browns Canyon all the way through the Royal Gorge.
We have a nurturing and inclusive culture, and this is illustrated in our training programs for all positions. Our staff is our greatest asset, so we believe it is very important to invest in the development of each person. If you are interested in being apart of our team and want to show our guests an experience they will never forget, please apply today!
All of our positions are seasonal, and the season is from April through September depending on the position. We have an office in Cotopaxi, CO and one in Canon City, CO and most positions work out of each office.
Learn how to become a professional certified River Guide and give our guests an experience they will never forget! Spend your days outside on the river and learn the techniques of being a commercial river guide.
Guide on one of the best commercially run rivers in the nation. With 100 miles of river to run you will get to experience everything from class I to V and we run ½ day trips to 3 day multi-day trips
Transport happy guests to and from the river while navigating the beautiful mountains and rivers of Colorado.
We are a small to medium size outfit on one of the most popular rivers in the nation. ART is NOT like some of the other bigger outfits that have a corporate feel with no flexibility. We are more of a family unit and enjoy working and playing together on many of our planned outings. Inclusion and flexibility is very important to our culture. At ART we are committed to developing the best employees and guides in our valley and have created the top training program in our opinion. We have highly trained staff that are certified instructors for Wilderness First AID, CPR and Swiftwater Training. In addition, we have established an incentive plan to show our appreciation for high performing employees that is above and beyond regular wages.
As an outfit we have chosen to not be one of the biggest but one of the best on the river. With the 50 years in operation the demand for our brand increased dramatically and this allows us better to allocate our staff to tours. In the past outfitters would have staff scheduled every day and they would only work if there are trips for guides or they would work 7 days a week with no breaks. Since we have high demand, we can schedule a 5-day work week with 2 consecutive days off. This allows our staff to get their needed rest and to allow them to enjoy Colorado on their days off without the worry of not working on their scheduled week.
ART runs all the sections of the river and offer anything from a 1.5 hour trip to a 3 day trip so as a guide you will get to experience more of the river than any other upstream or downstream outfitter on the Ark. In addition we run 3 day tours down the majestic Gunnison Gorge. We also offer employee housing for staff members that are interested.
Why would you not want to work for ART?!