2 Day – Arkansas River Whitewater Rafting Trip – Brown’s Canyon and Bighorn Sheep Canyon

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Arkansas River


Intermediate Class III-IV

A 2 day whitewater adventure combines Brown’s Canyon and Bighorn Sheep Canyon with camping at our riverside location in Cotopaxi. Each section provides a unique Arkansas River experience of varying scenery and rapids. The easy accessibility we have to these canyons from our location allows us to customize our trips to your group’s needs. We have a spectacular setting at our camping area below the Cotopaxi Cliffs for the exclusive use of our guests. We commonly view bighorn sheep coming down to the water to drink. We provide scrumptious meals and do all the cooking while you enjoy fishing, horseshoes or relaxing around the fire with river tales. Camping equipment rentals are available. You’ll get adventure, excitement, quality time with your group and much needed time in the outdoors.
Day 1 combines splendid whitewater rafting with spectacular views of the Sawatch Range containing some of Colorado’s highest peaks. We raft through fun Class III rapids such as Pinball, Zoom Flume, the Staircase and the infamous Seidel’s Suckhole. This scenic canyon parallels the Brown’s Canyon Wilderness Study Area and is now established as a National Monument. After your day of rafting you will have time to relax or play games around camp while you guides prepare your meal.
Day 2 launches beneath the dramatic Cotopaxi cliffs at our convenient riverside base. Floating past spectacular geological formations and views of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range we run exciting Class II-III rapids like Texas Creek, Maytag, and Devil’s Hole. After a delicious buffet lunch we plunge into more demanding and technical rapids (Class III-IV): Prelude, 3 Rocks Falls, Spikebuck and Shark’s Tooth to name a few. Sightings of bighorn sheep are very common in this section.
Great trip for families, groups and adventure seekers of all levels. Don’t miss out on the best rafting Colorado has to offer!

Minimum Age

Minimum Age is 8 years old

Meeting Location

Arkansas River Tours
Cotopaxi Office

19487 US Highway 50,
Cotopaxi 81223

Arrival Time

8:15 AM

Launch Time

9:00 AM

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Trip Reviews

2 Day Raft Trip Was Unforgettable!

5 5 1
I went on the 2 day Gunnison Gorge raft trip and had the most incredible time. I've been on a few multi-day trips, but this one takes the cake. The guides were very skilled, knowledgable, and friendly. The views were unforgettable and rapids thrilling. My favorite part was the waterfalls on the second day.

Arkansas River Tours made my first rafting experience so memorable!

5 5 1
This was my first ever river rafting trip and Arkansas River Tours made it so memorable. Thank you so much for making me feel at home on the river!

Can't Recommend This Rafting Trip Enough!

5 5 1
I've rafted on some rad rivers before, but this was by far my favorite! I did the Browns Canyon full day trip with a couple of buddies and it will be a trip I remember for life. Even though the rapids were pretty intense, our raft always felt in control. The guides are top notch! Great communication, great people, and a great time. I can't recommend Arkansas River Tours enough.

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