Scout Trips Near Philmont Scout Ranch | Arkansas River Tours

Scout Trips Near Philmont Ranch

Our History of Scout Trips

Arkansas River Tours has a long history of working with scout groups. We were founded by former Colorado Outward Bound executive director, Rick Medrick, who instilled a focus of experiential learning in our river program. Our guides are trained to identify teachable moments and provide a learning experience on all of our scout trips.  Let us handle the logistics of a ½ day or multi-day training while your troop engages in the whitewater classroom!

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Choose Your Whitewater Rafting Adventure


By Difficulty


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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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Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of America Achievement Badges

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Please call us about designing a course to satisfy the Girl Scouts of America Water Badge requirements or Boy Scouts of America Whitewater Merit Badge requirements. We are the exclusive providers of rafting trips for Leading the Way Tours, a company that organizes activities and travel for scouts heading to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. We have an extensive list of references including programs and camps that we’ve worked with for over 20 years.

If your scout troop is traveling through Colorado, add us to your adventure! The distance from Philmont Scout Ranch is 3 hours and your boy scout or girl scout troop is welcome to camp the night before the trip.  Enjoy camping at our riverside location in Cotopaxi!


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