Colorado Family Whitewater Float Trips - Arkansas River Tours

Mild/Family Trips

Cottonwood Family Float

  • MINIMUM AGE: 5 years old
  • CLASS: II-III rapids
  • COSTS: $ 48 Adults | $43 Youth (5-12 yrs)
  • CHECK IN TIMES: 9:15 am and 1:15 pm daily
  • LAUNCH TIMES: 10 am and 2 pm daily
  • MEETING LOCATION: Cotopaxi office

This 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 we conveniently finish this trip right at our riverside base!

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Cottonwood Family Float and Rail Package

Great for Families! | Class II – III


  • Adult – $105
  • Youth (12 & Under) – $95


3 hours


Combine Cottonwood Family Float rafting and a Scenic Royal Gorge Route train ride with a riverside BBQ lunch.This is the perfect package for families with kids as young as 5 years old and weigh at least 35 pounds. When you return, we’ll serve you a hearty BBQ steak or chicken lunch at our private riverside picnic area. Watch for Bighorn sheep who are frequently on our Cotopaxi cliffs. You’ll have plenty of time to see the slide show of your rafting trip and eat a leisurely lunch before you head to the train depot in Canon City for the 3:30 departure of the Royal Gorge Route train for a spectacular 24 mile round trip train ride through the world famous Royal Gorge. This train ride follows the Arkansas River as it carves through a 1000 foot deep gorge.

  • Minimum Age is 5 years old
  • Meeting Location: Cotopaxi Office (19487 US Highway 50, Cotopaxi 81223)
  • Arrive at 9:15 am
  • After your rafting experience, the panoramic train will leave at 3:30pm from the Canon City train depot
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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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