Overnight rafting trip

Overnight Experience

24 hours of pure fun

Just the right amount of adventure

Family-friendly (ages 6+) whitewater rafting with Class I-III rapids in most flows. Class IV rapids at highest flows.

Soak in the sights and sounds

Rapids balanced with peaceful floating let you immerse yourself in nature.

A night by the river

After a day of paddling, you'll arrive at our private river landing, greeted by a hot meal and the sounds of the river lapping against the shore as you sleep.

Welcome to the splash zone

Our friendly guides know how to get the whole family soaked and smiling.

What to Expect From An Overnight Rafting Trip

Your 24-hour rafting trip on the Arkansas River includes an afternoon half-day rafting trip, a freshly prepared hot camp meal, camping at our private river landing, a hot breakfast in the morning, and another exhilarating half-day rafting trip trip on day two! Your guide will be with you every paddle stroke of the way on this Echo Canyon exclusive overnight rafting trip. If your group includes a few adrenaline junkies, you can choose to raft on the class IV Royal Gorge twice in two days. Or, if you’re looking for a gentler introduction to rafting, you can raft class II-III rapids on your first day on the river and class IV rapids on the second. (Rapids are classed on a scale from I-IV.) We also love showing families with kids the Bighorn Sheep Canyon section of the river, which offers perfect rapids for children as young as six. If you have time and are interested in a longer trip, like our two or three-day overnight rafting trips, check out our extended multi-day trips page.

What to expect

Details of Your Overnight Rafting Trip

We take care of the details on all overnight rafting trips, including:

  • transportation to the river from our Echo Canyon office near Cañon City
  • tents
  • sleeping bags
  • camp pillows
  • full wet suit package

Please reference our overnight packing list for recommendations on what additional items to bring on overnight rafting trips.

After enjoying your trip in the afternoon on your first day of rafting, a hot, delicious dinner will be served at our private campground. There’s no shuttle between the river and our campground, as it is located alongside the river – just get out of your boat and you’re there! As day turns to dusk, enjoy some time swinging in our hammocks or just sitting by the river.  You’ll listen to the lapping of the water against the shore and sleep beneath the wide open Southern Colorado sky. In the morning, your guide will serve up a hearty breakfast. You’ll have plenty of time at the campground to relax and enjoy the morning before hopping back on the raft for your second half-day Arkansas River rafting trip. You’ll feel like a seasoned pro as you head out on the second and final excursion of the trip. When your trip is done, we’ll transport you back to the office, where you can make use of our convenient changing rooms. You may even want to stay on a little longer and check out 8 Mile Bar and Grill! (Lunch is not included in the trip itinerary.)  While this trip will revitalize and refresh you, we can almost guarantee that you’ll want to come back to experience another of our adventures, perhaps one of our two or three day extended overnight rafting trips!

Call us at 800-755-3246 and ask to speak to an overnight coordinator in order to book one of our overnight rafting trips!


Family and First Time Rafting Add-Ons & Packages

Add to your family’s adventure with any of these options!
Family Float

Scenic Float

Our Scenic Float Trip is a gentle, five-mile long float down the Arkansas River, with a few class II and easy, mild class III white water amidst the beautiful scenery of the upper Bighorn Sheep Canyon.

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