We have a trip for everyone


Arkansas River Tours offers the perfect adventure for any type of thrill-seeker or family looking for an exciting outdoor experience. With so many different rafting trips to choose from, selecting the best one can be difficult for any Colorado trip planner. That's why we are here to help you!

We have experts on hand who will walk you through all of your options, bringing together the perfect combination of difficulty and fun that suits your interests perfectly. Don't wait, get in touch with us today to plan your next unforgettable rafting trip!

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Our #1 All-Time Trip

Bighorn Sheep
Canyon Rafting

  • Great for first-timers and families
  • Plenty of thrills and dramatic views
  • Half-day and full-day options
  • Class II & III rapids

Starting at $119/person

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For Thrill-Seekers

Royal Gorge Rafting

  • World-class whitewater
  • Huge waves, steep technical drops
  • Half-day and full-day options
  • Class III–IV+ rapids

Starting at $129/person

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Gentle & Scenic

Cottonwood Canyon
Family Float

  • Great for seniors & young children
  • Spectacular Rocky Mountain scenery
  • Quarter-day and half-day options
  • Fun, mild whitewater

Starting at $84/person

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Choose FRom Our Most Popular Trips

Bighorn Sheep Canyon

The Bighorn Sheep Canyon rafting excursion is the perfect trip for families, groups, and individuals looking to experience Colorado rafting trips for the first time. Most people opt for the ½ day option and that tour travels 10 miles and takes 2 to 2.5 hours on the river.

This trip offers Class II – III whitewater with rapids named Prelude and 3 Rocks Falls within the first mile. You will also encounter rapids named Five Points, Spikebuck, Sharks Tooth, Double Dip, Puppy and more! Great views of the spectacular geological formations, sightings of bighorn sheep, and family whitewater rafting!

Family enjoys rafting down the arkansas river
Family in arkansas river

Cottonwood Canyon Family Float

Cottonwood Canyon is by far the best family float trip on the Arkansas River!  This convenient trip offers the best whitewater for little kids with spectacular Rocky Mountain scenery. Our 1/4 day is a 5 mile trip with easy Class II-III rapids. This is the perfect introductory trip for families with little kids or timid beginners. 

You will float from Coaldale to our riverside base in Cotopaxi while enjoying scenic views of the Sangre de Cristo Range.  This itinerary is the best trip for rafting in Colorado on the Arkansas River for families with young kids. We are the only outfitter offering this trip since it conveniently ends right at our riverside base!

Royal Gorge

Our premier whitewater rafting adventure! Royal Gorge whitewater rafting is the pinnacle of high adventure. If you’re planning a trip to Colorado, you won’t want to miss this! With the help of our expert guides, your paddle crew will navigate class II-IV whitewater rapids through a 1,000 foot deep river canyon. Paddling is required on our Royal Gorge rafting trips and all participants must be capable of swimming. 

Natural water flows through the Royal Gorge fluctuate throughout the season. Rapids include pour over rocks, standing waves, and technical navigation through constricted obstacles. Royal Gorge rafting is the perfect way to cool off in the summer and take on a new challenge. 

Boat encounters whitewater on the arkansas river

More RAFTING Adventures


Looking for a private group trip? We have options.


2-3 day trips on Colorado’s best rivers.


A full range of options to meet all trip needs.

Other Offering

  • Explore Gold Medal waters
  • Single & multi-day trips available
  • Options for all skill levels & group sizes
  • Pricing starting at $294
  • Packaged activities with our regional partners
  • Train rides, zipline, and ATV adventures
  • Family-friendly pricing
  • Unforgettable adventures