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Your entire team of guides was outstanding—friendly, helpful, and I could tell they genuinely enjoyed having us there. Our entire boat had a blast!! A+++ Will recommend to a friend and most likely return myself. Thanks!
This was truly an enjoyable experience and the highlight of our Colorado visit. I would recommend your company to anyone.
The guides were gracious, knowledgeable and safe.
This was my first rafting experience and you guys made it awesome! Thank you so much!
We had an awesome time. I would definitely recommend your company!
I want to raft again and again and well you get the point…again.
Wahoo! Best trip ever!
I have rafted with other companies before but I found your company and Mike our guide to be outstanding! I will be back!
It was a fantastic experience and we didn’t want it to end. We can’t wait for next year to go on a multi-day trip.
When I made our reservation I knew we were going to have a fantastic time. Everything that happened today exceeded my expectation.
Arkansas River White Water Rafting
Arkansas River Rafting: Close to Colorado Resorts, Denver, and Colorado Springs
Join us on America’s most popular river for white water rafting
Arkansas River rafting trips attract enthusiasts from around the world, making the Arkansas River the world’s most popular rafting location for whitewater rafting trips. The Arkansas River offers river rafting on 95 miles of thrilling whitewater and whitewater rafting trips range in duration from short half-day trips to multi-day trips of up to five days. Enjoy our private Arkansas River rafting access and picnic area adjacent to our headquarters in Buena Vista.
We offer Arkansas River rafting trips suitable for families with small children as well as exciting white water rafting trips for seasoned pros. You may choose to raft on mellow scenic sections such as the Upper Bighorn Sheep Canyon, the wildly popular and moderately rambunctious Browns Canyon and Narrows trips or challenge the steep and unpredictable Numbers and Royal Gorge sections. Whatever level of white water rafting on the Arkansas River you’re prepared for, you can find the right trip with us.
Arkansas River Multi-Day Rafting and Camping Trips are available for two, three and five day lengths. Wilderness Aware runs more overnight river rafting trips than any other Arkansas River outfitter. We are the only company on the Arkansas River offering continuous rafting trips longer than two days where you carry your camping gear on the rafts and camp along the river… without driving between sections. For those interested in an overnight Arkansas River whitewater rafting trip of up to four days while sleeping in the comfort of a bed and breakfast each night, you may want to consider our Inn to Inn Rafting Trip. Senior guides cater to special requests on these custom small-group trips.
Arkansas River Trips:
|DAY TRIPS||CLASS||DISTANCE||SEASON||MIN AGE|
|Browns Canyon Full Day||III-IV||18 mi.||May 1 – Sept 2||7|
|Browns Canyon Half Day||III-IV||10 mi.||May 1 – Sept 2||7|
|Lower Browns Canyon Family Half Day||I-II||9.5 mi.||May 1 – Sept 2||4|
|Narrows Half Day||III-IV||9 mi.||May 1 – Aug 15||10|
|Narrows Express Full Day||III-IV||26 mi.||May 1 – Aug 15||10|
|Upper Bighorn Family Rafting Full Day||I-II||18 mi.||May 1 – Sept 2||4|
|Parkdale Full Day||III-IV||20 mi.||May 25 – Aug 15||7|
|Numbers Half Day||IV-V||6 mi.||May 1 – Sept 2||14|
|Numbers Full Day||IV-V||15 mi.||May 1 – Sept 2||14|
|Royal Gorge Full Day||IV-V||18 mi.||May 1 – Sept 2||14|
|Inn to Inn Rafting – 2, 3 or 4 Day||III-IV (V optional)||35-85 mi.||May 1 – Sept 2||10|
|Arkansas River 2-Day Camping||III-IV (V optional)||35 mi.||May 1 – Sept 2||8|
|Arkansas River 3-Day Camping||III-IV (V optional)||68 mi.||May 1 – Sept 2||8|
|Arkansas River 5-Day Camping||III-IV (V optional)||90 mi.||May 1 – Sept 2||8|
The Arkansas River drops 5,000 feet in its first 125 miles from its headwaters in the Colorado Rockies near the Continental Divide to the plains near Cañon City, Colorado. The Arkansas River is located 90 miles west of Colorado Springs, 120 miles southwest of Denver. The whitewater rafting sections of the Arkansas River flow past Buena Vista, Salida and finally end in Cañon City, Colorado.
Arkansas River Resources:
Directions to our Buena Vista, CO Office: The Arkansas River is located just outside our office in Buena Vista, about 2 ½ hours southwest of Denver.
Packing List and Pre-Trip Information: Complete lists of what to bring, what we provide, where to meet, policies, rental costs and other info.
Gallery Photos: Photos of the Arkansas River as well as the other river we raft, area wildlife, our staff and many, many more.
Arkansas River Map: Overview Map of the Arkansas River showing section names, rapids and other interesting features.