5 Family-Friendly Activities to Tack onto Arkansas River Rafting Trip

They say people come to Colorado for the scenery and stay for the experience. Do both and enjoy some of these suggested family-friendly activities before your rafting trip with us! These local favorites are all located within easy driving distance and can be catered to fit your timeline, budget, and personal ambitions. Come experience all that Colorado has to offer!

1. The West’s Skyline Scenic Drive

For an adventure in the car, jeep, bike or motorcycle; soak in some amazing views and history by driving the scenic Skyline Drive. Along the historical drive, you will panoramic views of the area including mountains and Canon City. There are several pull-offs for picture taking and rock inspecting where many have found dinosaur fossils. It’s a good way to escape the midday heat and enjoy the twists and turns of this ridge with the entrance located directly behind our office.

2. Check Out Captain Zipline


Enjoy a different view of the mountains and canyons while suspended in mid-air, Captain Zipline is a must for all levels. A local’s favorite for ziplining and adventure rope course. They will drive you to the start of the courses and there is casual walking in the mountains. Learn the history of the area, challenge yourself, get an adrenaline rush and see the world from a bird’s eye view during this family-friendly activity.

3. The Sangre De Cristo Wilderness

Spanish for the “Blood of Christ”, this wilderness area offers awesome views and diverse geography across 219,776 acres. There are several activities to be had through various means, but one of our favorites is the Twin Peaks hike. You can summit the 13,580’ peak while passing several waterfalls and enjoy breathtaking views of the entire valley; or stop and have a picnic at South Zapata Lake.

4. Visit Lake Pueblo State Park

Known for as a hot spot for fishing, but also enjoyed for various activities such as motor-boating, waterskiing, and river tubing with two marinas. There are miles of trails for biking, hiking and picnicking under the shady trees of the river. Enjoy the water and Colorado vistas! You’ll meet locals and visitors from afar.

5. Mountain Trail Riding with Play Dirty ATV

After an exciting rafting experience, get back on land and experience the depths of the beauty of the wilderness by ATV or side-by-side which can take you farther faster. Go over fun twists, turns and obstacles or just sit back and enjoy the ride. It’s fun for all levels where you’ll also learn about the area from a great local guide.


By: arkrivertoustg
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