Whitewater Rafting Colorado – Arkansas River

Colorado whitewater rafting Arkansas River Gunnison Gorge

Join us for an exciting whitewater rafting trip in Colorado in 2015!

 Arkansas River Tours has been offering exceptional whitewater rafting in Colorado since 1973. Colorado's Rocky Mountains are the birthplace of more major rivers than any other mountain range in the U.S.  Colorado's Arkansas River, the most popular river in America, provides a variety of whitewater rafting experiences ranging from ½ day trips to multi-day trips with camping, easy whitewater for family vacation adventures to challenging extreme adventures in Class IV+ whitewater. Three unique canyons, Bighorn Canyon, Brown's Canyon and the Royal Gorge provide whitewater rafting trips for the timid beginner to the seasoned veteran.

BREAKING NEWS!  BROWN'S CANYON HAS RECEIVED DESIGNATION AS OUR NEWEST NATIONAL MONUMENT!   We offer this trip as a one day trip or part of our most popular multi-day trip.  See it for yourself in 2015!

We are now accepting applications for raft guide trainees, experienced guides, office staff, CDL drivers and a food coordinator for our 2015 season.  Visit our Employment page today.

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2 Convenient Locations - Cañon City and Cotopaxi, CO. 

Our location in Cañon City is only 1 hour from Colorado Springs and 2 hours from Denver!  Trips  meet in Cañon City near the Royal Gorge and in Cotopaxi at our Bighorn Sheep Canyon riverside location.


The ultimate whitewater challenge in Colorado. A 1/2 day or full day Royal Gorge whitewater rafting trip will test the hardiest paddlers. This is our most popular Class IV-V whitewater trip. The heart-pounding whitewater in the Royal Gorge is a must for every whitewater adventurer. Don't miss it! Now leaving from our convenient location in Canon City, 10 minutes to the put-in and 5 minutes from the take-out!


Visit our River and Rail Package page for our unique itinerary including a delicious steak or chicken BBQ lunch at our riverside picnic area. Combine the thrill of rafting in Bighorn Sheep Canyon with a spectacular train ride through the Royal Gorge with the Royal Gorge Route Railroad. Choose our 1/2 Day Bighorn Sheep Canyon trip or our Cottonwood Family Float which allow kids as young as 5 years old. Our package includes a round-trip train ride. Two of the Royal Gorge regions favorite activities in one day!


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 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!


Groups of 6 or more can book exclusive launches on the Gunnison Gorge or the Rio Chama. Dates are available in May, late August and early September. Call for details. These are the perfect getaway trips on a wilderness river that are all about you! Customized and exclusive trips for just your group are also available on the Arkansas River.

Our riverside base is the perfect basecamp for a 2 or 3 day Arkansas River multi-day adventure. Combine Bighorn Sheep Canyon, Brown's Canyon and the Royal Gorge to experience the finest rafting in Colorado in one trip. Exceptional meals are provided by your guides as you enjoy camping right by the river at our private campsite. On site amenities include permanent tents with cots, private fishing, showers, horseshoes, volleyball and evening campfires.


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* A 3 to 8% BLM, Colorado State Park and/or access fee will be applied to all trips.