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Arkansas River

Half-Day

Intermediate / Advanced

Royal Gorge rafting is one of Colorado's top whitewater experiences! This is our best trip for those who are looking for adventure, big scenery and world class whitewater. Royal Gorge white water rafting starts out mellow to give you and your crew time to get dialed in with your paddling technique and then you will navigate through class III to class IV and even class V whitewater at higher water levels. Prepare to get wet, hit some big waves, see some amazing scenery and experience some of the best rafting in Colorado.

You will encounter some major rapids like Sunshine, Sledgehammer, the Narrows and Wallslammer to name a few. One of our favorite spots on this Colorado whitewater rafting section is the Narrows where the river is only 50 ft wide and the gorge walls are over 1,000' tall while you raft right under the Royal Gorge Bridge! It doesn't get much better than this! You do not need prior experience to go on this trip but you do need to be in good physical shape to help safely paddle the boat, ability to swim well, and up for some fun adventure. This trip is just under 10 miles in length and takes about 2 to 2.5 hours on the water. The minimum age for this trip is 14 to 15 depending on water conditions.

Minimum Age

15+/-, Dependent on Water Flow, Call for Info

Meeting Location

Arkansas River Tours
49311 W U.S. 50 Unit B,
Cañon City, CO 81212

Arrival Time

8:45AM and 11:45AM

Launch Time

9:00AM and 12:30PM

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Trip Reviews

I felt safe the entire trip.

★★★★★
The Gorge was beautiful and while the trip definitely got our adrenaline pumping, I felt safe the entire trip. I would suggest anyone in SOCO to visit ART!
- Lindy Graves

Everything you want in a rafting trip!

★★★★★
I've now done the half day trip down the Royal Gorge twice with Arkansas River Tours. The first time was the summer of 2018 at a really low flow, and the second was this summer at 2,500cfs. Both trips were fun, but the high water yesterday was everything you want in a rafting trip. If you can get out there this summer, sooner than later, I would say make it a priority. I paddle some whitewater on my own, but this is a river where you really want an experienced guide to navigate the rapids and keep you safe. Our guided navigated us perfectly onto every wave train, and through the sweet spot of each rapid while somehow keeping everyone in the raft and dodging the rocks. All in all, an absolutely fantastic time. I'm sure I'll be back paddling this river for a third time with ART in the future.
- Christopher Moses

Choose this company for sure!

★★★★★
Ron Jon and Mike were awesome! The best rafting experience. Great company, felt very homey and comfortable. Choose this company for sure!
- Shelby Westenberger

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