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River Rafting on the Arkansas River

The Arkansas River is the most popular whitewater river in America. With over 80 miles in 4 major sections, the Arkansas provides whitewater adventure for all ages and skill levels. Trips range from short 1/4 and 1/2 day introductory trips for the whole family to adrenaline-pumping Class IV+ full day trips. You can combine sections to spend 2 or 3 days rafting America’s favorite river. The Arkansas River flows through spectacular Brown’s Canyon between the river communities of Buena Vista and Salida, Bighorn Sheep Canyon between Salida and Parkdale and through the world-famous Royal Gorge by Canon City. The Arkansas is a short 1-2 hour drive from Colorado Springs or Summit County resort towns.

Browns Canyon National Monument close to Buena Vista and Salida is a newly designated national monument. It is near here you will find beginner and intermediate rafting. Day travelers from the Great Sand Dunes National Park can easily raft on the Arkansas River.

Additionally, the Arkansas also has 102 miles of Gold Medal fishing, nearly 1/3 of all the Gold Medal water in Colorado. Fly fishing is excellent for Brown and Rainbow trout when float fishing from a raft.

Trip Ratings Length Price More Info
Arkansas River - Cottonwood Family Float Class II & III1/4 Day $32.00
Arkansas River - Browns Canyon Half Day Class I & II & III1/2 Day $56.00
Arkansas River - Evening Float Fishing Class II & III1/2 Day $295.00
Arkansas River - River and Rail Package Class III1/2 Day $99.00
Arkansas River - Bighorn Sheep Canyon - 1/2 Day Class III & IV1/2 Day $57.00
Arkansas River - Numbers Half Day ADVANCED Class III & IV1/2 Day $65.00
Arkansas River - Royal Gorge - 1/2 Day Class IV & V1/2 Day $70.00
Arkansas River - Browns Canyon Full Day Class I & II & IIIFull Day $88.00
Arkansas River - Float Fishing - Full Day Class II & IIIFull Day $395.00
Arkansas River - Bighorn Sheep Canyon - Full Day Class III & IVFull Day $95.00
Arkansas River - Numbers Full Day ADVANCED Class III & IVFull Day $108.00
Arkansas River - Royal Gorge - Full Day Class IV & VFull Day $115.00
Arkansas River - Royal Gorge Grand Slam Class IV & VFull Day $125.00
Brown's Canyon and Royal Gorge 2 or 3 day trips Class II & III & IV & VMulti-day $295.00
Arkansas River - BSC and Brown's Canyon 2 day trips Class III & IVMulti-day $279.00