Royal Gorge Rafting Trips

Royal Gorge Rafting

High-adrenaline adventure rafting

Pure, heart-pounding adventure

Big, fast, high-adventure whitewater rafting with Class III-V rapids in most flows.

Be ready to paddle

Participants should be good swimmers in good physical health. Recommended minimum age is 14-18 years old.

The heart of the Royal Gorge

Breathtaking canyon walls on either side, as you pass under the Royal Gorge bridge 955 feet overhead.

Epic whitewater

Fast water and big rapids define this thrill-a-minute ride down the Arkasas River.

What to expect

The full story

The Arkansas River flows near Colorado Springs, outside Canon City, beneath 1,000 foot canyon walls. Dive into class III to V rapids through the heart of the magnificent Royal Gorge, soaked to the skin and grinning. If you’re looking for white water rafting you’ll never forget, we can craft a trip just for you. Our Royal Gorge rafting trips are just the ticket for a classic Colorado adventure.

Adventure awaits

If you live on adrenaline and want some close-to-home adventures, the Royal Gorge rafting trip is the one for you. Just about an hour from Colorado Springs, you’ll find yourself in white water a thousand feet beneath the Royal Gorge Bridge.

You’ll definitely taste extreme Colorado white water rafting as you explode over class III to V rapids with names like Sunshine Falls, Sledgehammer, and Boat Eater. In between these, soaked and exhilarated, you’ll see astounding geology, witness local wildlife, and feel the history of the Arkansas River and the Colorado Mountain West.

Because we hand-craft each of them with your feedback, no Royal Gorge rafting trip is like any other – one reason this trip is always a favorite.

Half and full-day rafting trips

Echo Canyon also offers a full-day Royal Gorge white water rafting trip. This one begins slowly, with a float that calmly escalates through class II and III white water rapids in the Bighorn Sheep Canyon. After a riverside gourmet style boxed lunch (vegetarian option available), and some time to take in the stunning beauty of the Royal Gorge, you’ll launch into excitement you’ll never forget, right in Colorado Springs’ backyard.

To take on these adventure-class Royal Gorge white water rafting trips, we recommend guests are 14 to 18 years of age, in good physical condition and able to swim well. Water levels dictate the minimum age; typically the peak levels occur in mid-June. During high water flows the minimum age is usually around 16 years of age.

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Ride the wild waves

Royal Gorge Rapids

If you’re looking for a heart-pumping whitewater adventure, then look no further than the Royal Gorge. This stretch of the Arkansas River is peppered with exciting class III-V rapids with names like Sunshine, Sledgehammer, and Boat Eater. These rapids are steep meaning there is more whitewater, continuity, technicality, but ultimately more excitement. The Royal Gorge also has double the gradient of other canyons such as Bighorn Sheep Canyon that runs at about 35 feet per mile. Although the faster pace makes rafting in the Royal Gorge more exhilarating, it is highly recommended that anyone looking to take the plunge down this exciting stretch of the Arkansas river be extremely comfortable in water and know how to swim.

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Add-Ons & Packages

Just about an hour from Colorado Springs, find yourself in white water a thousand feet beneath the Royal Gorge Bridge. Add more to your Royal Gorge rafting adventure.


For a day full of fun for the whole family, combine a river rafting trip with a Royal Gorge train ride. After your morning white water adventure, we’ll shuttle you back to Echo Canyon and the 8 Mile Bar & Grill, where you can relax and energize with some world-class food as you prepare for an afternoon Royal Gorge Train ride.

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Royal Gorge Zipline and Raft

Royal Gorge Zipline & Raft

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