3 Day – Arkansas River Whitewater Rafting Trip – Brown’s, Bighorn and Royal Gorge

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Arkansas River


Advanced Class IV-V

A 3 day whitewater adventure combines Bighorn Sheep Canyon, Brown’s Canyon, and the Royal Gorge with camping at our riverside location in Cotopaxi. These are the #1 Multi-day rafting trips in Colorado!!! 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. This trip gets you lots of scenery, excitement and bonding time at camp. Minimum age requirements will fluctuate depending on water flows. Please call for further questions.
Day 1 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.
Day 2 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 3 – After another hearty meal you are off for the Royal Gorge which is the ultimate full day rafting adventure trip in Colorado. Huge waves, steep technical drops, and almost continuous whitewater rapids in a narrow canyon await you with rapids like Sledgehammer, Wallslammer, the Narrows, Boateater and the infamous Sunshine Falls. The Royal Gorge may demand so much attention you don’t even notice the world famous Royal Gorge Bridge 1053′ above the river. This exhilarating trip is recommended for rafters or adventurers in good physical shape who are ready for aggressive paddling. If you are seeking lots of excitement, this trip is for you and your group.

Minimum Age

Dependent on water level. Call for info.

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.

The Bighorn Sheep Canyon trip was great!

5 5 1
Our family had a blast rafting bighorn sheep canyon! The river was perfect for our kids and the guide made it really fun. Thanks for an awesome ride!

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!

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