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Whitewater Rafting Trips from Mild to Wild on the Arkansas River in Colorado

There’s a reason that whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River in Colorado is one of the most popular and exciting river trips in the country. Combine the scenic beauty of the Arkansas River Valley with the majestic Colorado Mountain terrain and the excitement of continuous whitewater and you get the best whitewater trips available in Colorado!

From tons of family rafting trips to Class V advanced+ paddling challenges that will test even the biggest adrenaline junkies, there are stretches of the Arkansas River right for any rafting ability!

Family Whitewater Rafting Trips on the Arkansas River

For beginner to intermediate rafters, we suggest Brown’s Canyon. This stretch of rafting on the Arkansas River near Buena Vista is one of the most rafted stretches of whitewater in the country offering accessible rapids for rafters of all ages and dramatic scenery that made Colorado famous. 

Brown's Canyon is a proposed federal wilderness area. Your rafting trip through Brown's Canyon will provide you scenic rafting on consistent intermediate whitewater. You'll be away from busy civilization as no road run through Brown's Canyon. Unplug and relax with family and friends! Our Brown's Canyon trips are our most popular family rafting trips.

Some of our favorite Arkansas River rafting trips through Brown's Canyon:

Brown’s Canyon Express
A great trip for all ages and experience levels, Brown’s Canyon Express delivers a dose of pulsing Class III whitewater, spectacular scenery, and a handful of the most well-known rapids anywhere in Colorado!

Brown’s Canyon Sizzler
A full day trip packed with awesome whitewater and spectacular scenery--we launch in view of snow-capped peaks, drifting through some of the most dazzling mountain river country on Earth! Hot chicken fajita lunch riverside included.

Brown’s Canyon Half Day
Excellent rafting for all ages and experience levels, this trip delivers a mix of exhilarating whitewater and the majestic quality of a granite canyon. Calm enough for even the youngest rafting enthusiasts but still thrilling for adults, Brown’s Canyon is our most popular family rafting trip.

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Advanced Whitewater Rafting Trips on the Arkansas River

If you’re a fit and active rafter seeking adventurous non-stop whitewater action, the Arkansas River has plenty to offer as well. You'll find some of the best advanced whitewater in all of Colorado on the upper sections of the Arkansas River, just across the street from our Granite Outpost.  

The Numbers
Featuring advanced, continuous rapids, The Numbers is one seriously action-packed trip. A fantastic advanced whitewater rafting trip, the Numbers offers back-to-back-to-back rapids on one of the best advanced whitewater runs in Colorado. No experience necessary but good physical condition required. 

The Gauntlet (Pine Creek & The Numbers)
For those of you adrenaline junkies looking fo more, Pine Creek is the most advanced section (and the only true Class V section) on the Arkansas River. 

Step it up to the highest level with a rappel at the start of your trip or a zipline tour at the end.

Sightseeing and whitewater action are the heart of the Royal Gorge, a section of the river most often described as the Grand Canyon of the Arkansas River where continuous rapids and dramatic canyon walls will have you breathless by the end of the trip.

Overnight Whitewater Rafting Trips on the Arkansas River

One of our most popular rafting trips, 24 Hours in Brown’s Canyon, includes camping in a remote canyon and a hearty, delicious dinner and breakfast prepared by your guides. This trip goes through the family - intermediate whitewater of the renowned Brown’s Canyon and is suitable for everyone ages 7 years and above.

If you’re looking for the ultimate in Colorado adventure on an Arkansas River rafting trip, you may opt for the Mild to Wild 3-day overnight rafting trip.  We’ll start you with two days of intermediate rafting fun where you can hone your skills for the third day on some of the most advanced whitewater on the Arkansas River.  We even take a little time in between to enjoy inflatable kayaking as well as rock climbing and rappelling in Granite Gorge.

Many groups have fun on the Arkansas River – we even design custom rafting trips!
Sports teams have come to the Arkansas to build camaraderie with us.  Adrenaline junkies have sought out the Arkansas for thrills-of-a-lifetime.  Families come back year after year to enjoy the scenery and wonder that is the Arkansas River.  In fact, almost any group can have a blast on one part or another of the Arkansas River. Or feel free to contact us about a custom group trip and find out just how rewarding Arkansas River rafting can be.

 

 

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