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Flowing through four states, the Arkansas River is the sixth longest river in the United States. Its source basin and Arkansas River Canyon can be found in Colorado, where it is a popular spot to go whitewater rafting. It runs past the Rocky Mountains and drops extensively as it flows through the valley, creating the conditions that are good for rafting and kayaking. Depending on the section of the river there is everything from Class IV and V rapids to gentler II and III sections that are ideal for beginners. Waters weave scenically in and through canyons and gorges surrounded by thick forest and snow-capped peaks.

Aside from boating and fishing, visitors to the Arkansas River often utilize the facilities and the beautiful backdrop for activities such as hiking, camping, mountain biking, birding, and rock climbing. There is also great fly fishing in this part of the river, particularly for trout.

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Royal Gorge Loop Half Day Jeep Tour

Royal Gorge Loop Half Day Jeep Tour

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Get the very best views of Colorado’s natural wonder on a Jeep tour that takes you to the mouth on the Royal Gorge and over the highest suspension bridge in the United States. Get a perspective most visitors miss with exclusive access to the park’s southern entrance, plus a stunning panorama from the top of Fremont Peak. Along the way, dig deeper into the region’s history with sightings of historic graves and dinosaur footprints.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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$129.00
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Browns Canyon National Monument Whitewater Rafting

Browns Canyon National Monument Whitewater Rafting

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Enjoy the experience of a lifetime with family friendly Colorado rafting through Browns Canyon National Monument on the Arkansas River. Exciting class III-IV rapids intermixed with calm water in between make Browns Canyon rafting great for beginners and experts alike.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$92.65
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Lower Browns Canyon Mildwater Float Trip

Lower Browns Canyon Mildwater Float Trip

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A wonderful family friendly white water rafting trip in Colorado! Splash, swim, and take in the stunning views while a professional river guide rows you down the river without the interruption of paddling (unless of course, you want to paddle)! Enjoy bouncy wave trains, man made white water park, and wildlife sightings on this calm and picturesque section suitable for children as young as 4.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$93.14
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Royal Gorge Full Rafting Experience

Royal Gorge Full Rafting Experience

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Tackle some of Colorado's most prized rapids with a whitewater rafting trip through the magnificent canyons of the Royal Gorge. Navigate class III-V swells with an experienced guide, taking a break midday for a hearty riverside lunch featuring grilled steaks. From transport to key check service and optional photos and videos of the wet and wild adventure, all the details are arranged so you can focus on the water.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$185.87
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Numbers Extreme Whitewater Rafting

Numbers Extreme Whitewater Rafting

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Extreme Colorado white water rafting on the Arkansas River in Buena Vista is for experienced rafters or adventurous beginners in good physical condition. The Numbers sections offers some of the most technical white water rafting in Colorado. Be prepared for a full body workout as your professional river guide directs your group through each back to back rapid. Enjoy scenic views of the 14,000 foot Collegiate Peaks and cottonwood lined riverbanks between paddle strokes
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$103.56
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Half-Day Bighorn Sheep Canyon Rafting Adventure in Cotopaxi

Half-Day Bighorn Sheep Canyon Rafting Adventure in Cotopaxi

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Experience excellent Colorado Rafting as you hit the most exciting and iconic rapids in the Bighorn Sheep Canyon. This is the perfect Arkansas River trip for beginner to intermediate rafters. Journey Quest is a non-profit Christ-centered rafting ministry, and these trip are uplifting, family-friendly adventures. You’ll love the scenery, the experience, and the intentional ministry led by our guides on your next Colorado whitewater rafting adventure.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$67.44
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Royal Gorge Rafting and Zipline Tour(FREE gear use!) - Raft, Classic Zip & lunch

Royal Gorge Rafting and Zipline Tour(FREE gear use!) - Raft, Classic Zip & lunch

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Splash through one of the most famous canyons in the American West on a combo Royal Gorge rafting and zipline adventure. Tackle the whitewater rapids on this most dramatic section of the Arkansas River, and then strap in for a high-flying zipline ride than spans more than a mile of stunning Colorado scenery. In between activities, recharge with lunch at a rustic bar and grill near the river.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$189.00
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Mild Cottonwood Family Float

Mild Cottonwood Family Float

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Fancy floating with the family down the fantastic Arkansas River against the backdrop of the remarkable Rocky Mountains? Alighting from Coaldale, this family-friendly trip offers travelers a gentle taste of the classic rafting experience, including easy Class II - III rapids. All gear and comprehensive safety briefings are provided, ensuring an exhilarating and unforgettable experience for all travelers aged 5 and over.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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$64.00
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Bighorn Sheep Canyon Half-Day Rafting

Bighorn Sheep Canyon Half-Day Rafting

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Paddle down the scenic Arkansas River on a half-day rafting adventure through Colorado’s Bighorn Sheep Canyon. Navigate class II and II whitewater rapids with an expert guide, and soak up the beauty of the surrounding high desert landscape, home to an abundance of native wildlife. It’s a great way for families and first-timers to experience one of Colorado’s favorite—and wettest!—outdoor adventure sports.
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  • 3 hours
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$66.05
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Half Day Bighorn Sheep Canyon Rafting Adventure Cañon City CO

Half Day Bighorn Sheep Canyon Rafting Adventure Cañon City CO

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Experience excellent Colorado Rafting as you hit the most exciting and iconic rapids in the Bighorn Sheep Canyon. This is the perfect Arkansas River trip for beginner to intermediate rafters. Journey Quest is a non-profit Christ-centered rafting ministry, and these trip are uplifting, family-friendly adventures. You’ll love the scenery, the experience, and the intentional ministry led by our guides on your next Colorado whitewater rafting adventure.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$67.44
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Numbers Full Day Rafting Trip

Numbers Full Day Rafting Trip

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Get your adrenaline pumping as you embark on this whitewater rafting excursion down the Arkansas River. Navigate Class IV and IV+ rapids with your group and guide. take in the beautiful scenery along the way, and refuel with a fajita feast right on the banks of the river. This tour is suitable for those in good physical condition and can swim; no prior rafting experience required but is recommended.
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  • 7 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Royal Gorge Raft & Zipline Tour - Class IV Rapids, 11 Extreme Zip Lines & Lunch

Royal Gorge Raft & Zipline Tour - Class IV Rapids, 11 Extreme Zip Lines & Lunch

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We offer Colorado's #1 Rated whitewater rafting tour packages. We also have the #1 rated Bar & Grill in the area since 2008 located on our main property. We have highly trained professional guides who average about 10 years of experience. We require our guides to have at least 4 seasons of experience before they can guide a tour of the class 4 sections on the river.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$219.00
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Browns Canyon National Monument: Classic Tour

Browns Canyon National Monument: Classic Tour

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Experience Brown's Canyon rafting on a family-friendly white-water trip through a gorgeous canyon outside of Buena Vista. You'll learn the basics of paddling, then take on a series of fun rapids interspersed with laid-back stretches of calm water. Along the way, admire gorgeous views of the canyon that you can't reach by car.
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  • 3 hours
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Intermediate Bighorn Sheep Canyon Whitewater Rafting Trip

Intermediate Bighorn Sheep Canyon Whitewater Rafting Trip

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See what makes Bighorn Sheep Canyon one of the most popular rafting locations near the Royal Gorge on a half-day whitewater adventure that’s suitable for both novices and experienced rafters. Soak up views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains and pristine Colorado scenery in between tackling class II-IV rapids. At just a half day, it's an easy way to fit in a favorite Rocky Mountains outdoor activity.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$80.50
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Milk Run Family Rafting Trip

Milk Run Family Rafting Trip

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Beginners will feel safe and comfortable on this 1-hour rafting trip down the Milk Run of the Arkansas River in Buena Vista, CO. Families with small children over two years old can paddle together through easy splashes and gentle floats with mountain views. All paddling equipment and safety gear is included.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Browns Canyon Rafting Full Day

Browns Canyon Rafting Full Day

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Raft down Colorado’s Arkansas River in Browns Canyon on this half-day whitewater rafting adventure. Start at Buena Vista and make your way down 12 class I, II, and III rapids with your guide across 16 miles of rivers. Enjoy a delicious, locally sourced, lunch just on the banks of the river and admire the beautiful views of the Collegiate Peaks.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Bighorn Sheep Canyon Raft and Zipline - Class III Rapids, 9 Zip Lines, & lunch

Bighorn Sheep Canyon Raft and Zipline - Class III Rapids, 9 Zip Lines, & lunch

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Complete two popular outdoor adventures against the backdrop of crisp Colorado scenery on this combo tour with a top-rated company. Spend the morning navigating the mild rapids of Bighorn Sheep Canyon on a whitewater rafting run that’s perfect for beginners and families. After lunch at a bar and grill near the Arkansas River, take flight on an exciting zipline course above the high desert landscape.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$179.00
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Full-Day Bighorn Sheep Canyon Rafting Adventure Cotopaxi CO

Full-Day Bighorn Sheep Canyon Rafting Adventure Cotopaxi CO

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The Full-Day Bighorn Sheep Canyon trip is a perfect way to have fun with family and friends. With a full-day on the river, there’s plenty of time to take a plunge into the Arkansas River, play games, view wildlife, and enjoy everything else Bighorn Sheep Canyon has to offer. Join us on your next full day of Colorado Rafting fun! Journey Quest is a non-profit Christ-centered rafting ministry, and these trip are uplifting, family-friendly adventures. You’ll love the scenery, the experience, and the intentional ministry led by our guides on this Colorado whitewater rafting adventure.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$113.20
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Half-Day Royal Gorge Whitewater Rafting Adventure Cañon City CO

Half-Day Royal Gorge Whitewater Rafting Adventure Cañon City CO

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The Royal Gorge is one of the most thrilling and exciting whitewater rafting trips on the Arkansas River. Enjoy the beauty and thrill of God’s creation as you experience 1,000 foot high canyon walls, confront exciting Class IV-V rapids, and see the famous Royal Gorge Bridge. The Royal Gorge is a serious section of river facing Class III-V Rapids, and a half-day trip is not a suitable introduction for beginners. Previous class III or higher paddling experience and strong swimming ability are recommended for all guests. For the safety of our guests and guides, we cannot take guests who are over 250lbs or individuals with a history of heart or serious medical problems. Journey Quest is a non-profit Christ-centered rafting ministry, and these trip are uplifting, family-friendly adventures. You’ll love the scenery, the experience, and the intentional ministry led by our guides on this Colorado whitewater rafting adventure.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$86.16
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Bighorn Sheep Canyon Full Day Whitewater Experience

Bighorn Sheep Canyon Full Day Whitewater Experience

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Enjoy a full day on the Arkansas River with this guided whitewater tour that sets you up for success, even if it's your first time rafting. The Bighorn Sheep Canyon it is an ideal choice for beginners and families, featuring mild class I-III rapids and plenty of tranquil stretches to catch your breath and soak in the gorgeous Colorado scenery. A riverside lunch helps keeps the energy up, while optional photos and videos provide a lasting memento of your river adventure.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$162.49
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Browns Canyon Half Day Rafting

Browns Canyon Half Day Rafting

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Explore Browns Canyon National Monument on a white-water rafting adventure. Spend a few hours shooting the Class III rapids, perfect for beginner or intermediate paddlers, in the company of a guide—perfect for families who want to raft together. Keep a lookout for local wildlife such as big horn sheep and blue heron as you paddle, learning about the area through your guide's commentary.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Browns Canyon Intermediate Rafting Trip with Transportation

Browns Canyon Intermediate Rafting Trip with Transportation

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Journey to the Browns Canyon National Monument, and spend time on the Arkansas River with this 7-hour rafting adventure. Set out on the river, and roll over heart-pumping rapids, including the popular Pinball, Zoom Flume, and Big Drop. Make the most of your trip to Colorado with a full day planned out for you, including round-trip transportation from either Breckenridge, Fisco, or Keystone. Plus this adventure is fun for both beginners and rafting enthusiasts.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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1-Day Arkansas River - Browns Canyon Rafting Trip

1-Day Arkansas River - Browns Canyon Rafting Trip

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Experience the adrenaline-pumping excitement of a whitewater rafting adventure in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains on this professionally guided, full-day excursion. Ride along the clear, crisp waters of the Arkansas River, from the river’s source in the beautiful Arkansas Valley, with dramatic 14,000 foot peaks to the bottom of the Royal Gorge. Crash through the Class II and III rapids of the Granite Gorge and Browns Canyon National Monument whitewater. All boating equipment and lunch are included.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.00
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Arkansas River Dinner Float

Arkansas River Dinner Float

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Come enjoy a unique Colorado white water rafting and dining experience. Ideal for families with young children and groups looking for mild white water rafting in Colorado with a delicious ending. Float from our office for about 30-45 minutes to the Riverside Bar and Grill where you can relax over dinner with your family and friends. Included in the trip cost per person are river shoe rentals and a meal voucher that generally covers an entree and drink. Total trip duration, including check-in, shuttle, float and dining time is 2-3 hours.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Should I book Arkansas River tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Arkansas River can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 42 Arkansas River tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Arkansas River 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Arkansas River costs USD 64.00. Guided Arkansas River tours start around USD 64.00 per person. See all 42 Arkansas River tickets and tours on Viator.
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