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Arkansas River

Arkansas River Rafting Trips

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: BROWNS CANYON

Browns Canyon trips are our most popular family rafting trips!

For beginner to intermediate rafters, we suggest Browns Canyon. It's our most popular trip! 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. 

Browns Canyon is a national monument. Your rafting trip through Browns Canyon will provide you scenic rafting on consistent intermediate whitewater. You'll be away from busy civilization as no road run through Browns Canyon. Unplug and relax with family and friends! 

Some of our favorite Arkansas River rafting trips through Browns Canyon:

Browns Canyon Express 3/4 day trip
A great trip for all ages and experience levels, Browns Canyon Express delivers a dose of pulsing Class III whitewater, spectacular scenery, and a handful of the most well-known rapids anywhere in Colorado! 16 miles long, this trip is the same length as most other companies' full day trip but we run it straight through as an afternoon trip.

Browns Canyon Sizzler full day trip
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 on this 16-mile trip (water levels allowing).

Browns Canyon Half Day 1/2 day trip
Excellent rafting for all ages and experience levels, this 10-mile 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, Browns 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

24 Hours in Browns Canyon 

Our most popular overnight rafting trip includes camping in a remote canyon and a hearty, delicious dinner and breakfast prepared by your guides. This trip goes through 26 miles of family - intermediate whitewater of the renowned Browns Canyon and is suitable for everyone ages 7 years and above.

Mild to Wild 3-day overnight rafting trip

The ultimate in Colorado adventure on an Arkansas River rafting trip, you'll start with two days of intermediate rafting fun where you can hone your skills for the third day on 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.

2 Day Advanced

Spend 2 days and 1 night on the Arkansas River! Raft a total of 40 miles through class III and IV, including the Numbers, Narrows and Browns Canyon sections. This trip is suitable for ages 15+ and includes lunch, dinner, breakfast and a snack.


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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