Arkansas River Rafting

Rafting the Arkansas River in Colorado

No vacation to the Colorado mountains would be complete without an Arkansas River rafting trip.

The headwaters of the Arkansas River begin in the heart of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, dropping nearly 5,000 feet in the first 125 miles. You don’t have to do much math to realize that equates to a lot of white water! It’s here you’ll find a wide range of rafting options sure to please your family or group.

Whether you opt for a heart-pounding, hair raising thrill ride or a tranquil float for your young adventurers, white water rafting on the Arkansas River in Colorado is an incredible addition to any vacation. Located not far from Colorado Springs, Bighorn Sheep Canyon and the Royal Gorge are guest favorites offering either a moderate or advanced level of adventure.

What Makes Rafting the Arkansas River in Colorado Special?

Arkansas River rafting trips are considered some of the best in the country. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned adventurer, you can find what you’re looking for with a white water rafting trip on the Arkansas River. Stretches of the river offer class II to III rapids, where young rafters and beginner rafters can get a taste of white water without jumping all in. On one of these stretches you’ll pass underneath the Royal Gorge Bridge, the highest suspension bridge in the country!

Perhaps what makes rafting the Arkansas River in Colorado so special is the gorgeous scenery and stunning wildlife that you’ll find on your trip. Along the Bighorn Sheep Canyon stretch of the river, you and your family might catch a glimpse of the magnificent bighorns that gave this canyon its name. Eagles and falcons soar through the sky, and rainbow trout dart through the river. You’ll pass by monolithic boulders, between red canyons, and through a picturesque river corridor. There is no better way to “unplug” with those you love than by rafting the Arkansas River.

We’ll help you plan an unforgettable Arkansas River rafting trip, whether you’re looking to escape from the city for the day or seeking a multi-day river adventure! From half-day trips to three-day camping trips, you’ll find what you’re looking for here.

Arkansas River Rafting Trips

Royal Gorge Rafting Trip

Take on class III to V rapids in the awe-inspiring Royal Gorge near Cañon City. Available as a half-day or full-day trip.
Half-Day Trip Price: $129 per person

Bighorn Sheep Canyon Rafting Trip

Blend the thrill of class II to IV rapids with miles of scenic desert canyon scenery. Available as a half-day or full-day trip.
Half-Day Trip Price: $119 per person

Scenic Float Rafting Trip

Relax and enjoy a laid-back Scenic Float trip. Kids as young as 4 years of age will love the minor rapids and opportunities to swim in calm areas. Available as a half-day raft trip.
Trip Price: $119 per person

Raft-n-Rail® Package

Combine a half-day raft trip through Bighorn Sheep Canyon with a two hour train ride through the Royal Gorge. Click Trip Details to see both train seating options.
Package Price: starts at $215 per person

Explore the Area

Once you’ve finished white water rafting on the Arkansas River in Colorado, you have endless opportunities for what to do next. The Arkansas River flows near some of the best mountain towns in the state, including Canon City and Colorado Springs. These towns offer amazing hiking, dining, and places to stay. Whether you are looking to unwind and relax, or experience even more outdoor adventure, you’ll enjoy exploring the towns near the Arkansas River.

If you are looking for more adventures, you’ll find:

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Stay Where You Play

The Rocky Mountains are dotted with amazing campsites, cute cabins, and even luxury resorts. If you want to spoil yourself, we offer glamping tents and luxury cabins. Whether you’re a couple looking for some alone time under the stars, or a family wanting to get back to nature without sacrificing comfort, these cabins will put the finishing touch on your perfect vacation.