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Top 3 Salida Whitewater Rafting Trips

Salida, Colorado is world-renowned for whitewater rafting trips with multiple trip options offering something for every skill level. First time paddlers can ease into things with a mellow float or go big on splashy class III rapids while intermediate and experienced folks can charge through big water and wild rapids. From half and full day Salida rafting trips to multi-day Gunnison Gorge adventures, Arkansas River Tours has the perfect experience for everyone.

Read on to learn more about the top 3 Salida whitewater rafting trips.

1. Browns Canyon Rafting Full Day Trip

2. Royal Gorge Rafting Half Day Trip

3. Gunnison Gorge Rafting 2-Day Trip

Browns Canyon Rafting trip

1. Browns Canyon Rafting Full Day Trip

Experience the ideal rafting trip for every skill level. Scenic Browns Canyon is loaded with fun class III rapids that are thrilling without the high level of class V danger. This makes it popular with beginner and intermediate anglers alike. At 5-6 hours long, it’s a full day of excitement through a canyon landscape that also has views of the Sawatch mountain range.

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Arkansas River Royal Gorge

2. Royal Gorge Rafting Half Day Trip

Are you ready to go big? The Royal Gorge is a wild rafting trip with plenty of class III-IV action. During high water, several rapids can transform into big class V waves as well. At 2-3 hours long, this trip requires hard paddling and it will leave you with an experience to remember forever. Rapids like Wallslammer, Sunshine, Sledgehammer and the Narrows are challenging with giant wave trains and precision maneuvers to avoid obstacles. The rafts will eddy out on occasion to rest and take in the big canyon wall scenery. This trip is a staple for Arkansas River Tours because the experienced guides are skilled and they paddle this section every single week of the season.

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Gunnison Gorge rafting

3. Gunnison Gorge Rafting 2-Day Trip

The “Gunny Gorge” is a coveted multiple-day rafting trip that runs through a remote canyon. In terms of scenery, it’s among the best trips in the United States. The rapids are technical and fun with class III-IV runs offering a mix of splashy waves and tricky boulder gardens. It’s a mile-long hike into the canyon and often runs for two days.

The Gunnison Gorge begins at the Chukar Trail just below Black Canyon National Monument and runs to the takeout at Pleasure Park. Visitors can paddle the rapids or embark on a fishing adventure. The river is loaded with brown and rainbow trout with some very large specimens present. The remote nature of the canyon means the fish see very little pressure. The hatches are also epic with salmonflies, clouds of caddis every evening and plenty of dry fly action.
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When it comes to Salida whitewater rafting trips, these three are just a few of the favorites. Visitors can also run Bighorn Sheep Canyon, Cottonwood, or take on the grand slam experience.

By: Arkansas River Tours
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