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

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Where adrenaline flows as fast as the rapids

Do people describe you as a thrill-seeker? The adrenaline junkie? The wild one? Then the Royal Gorge rafting trip is your cup of tea, or your triple-espresso. Sunshine Falls, Sledgehammer, and Boat Eater are the names of just a few class III to V rapids you’ll experience while paddling through the Gorge. This is extreme Colorado white water rafting at its best.

Legendary status

Royal Gorge rafting trips have been the subject of countless stories recounted around campfires and they live up to the hype. You’ll plunge down the Arkansas river as it cuts through the aptly-named Royal Gorge with sheer 1,000 foot canyon walls and world-class white water around every bend. Your group’s feedback combined with ever-changing water conditions allows us to hand-craft a trip that’s as unique as you all are.

It’s time to dig deep

Let the canyon walls open up your mind and your horizons. Conquer the challenge of the Royal Gorge and discover more about yourself and the Colorado mountain west than you thought possible. See astounding geology, witness local wildlife, and feel the power of the Arkansas River as it bounces you downstream, splashing cool mountain water directly in your face.

Stay close to the action

While the Royal Gorge is its own self-contained fun-zone, you’ll be surrounded by endless opportunities for action and adventure. The nearby Cañon City region offers hiking, biking, off-roading, zip lining, and a host of other outdoor activities. Colorado Springs is only about an hour away and is the home of majestic Pikes Peak, the Manitou Incline (clocking in at 2,744-steps) and plenty of restaurants, breweries, and nightlife.

Slow down to speed up

Looking for nonstop thrills? Take the half-day Royal Gorge trip and blast down the canyon for full-tilt fun. Want to warm-up a bit first? Embark on our full-day Royal Gorge rafting trip. You’ll start out in chill mode with a float through class II and III white water rapids in the Bighorn Sheep Canyon. After getting your grub on with a satisfying riverside boxed lunch, you’ll launch into the heart of the Gorge, picking up speed as your whooping and hollering grows ever-louder.

  • Half Day $105

    Adult pricing. No children. 10-mile trip.

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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.

Raft-n-Rail®

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 & Raft

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