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Arkansas River White Water Rafting

Arkansas River Rafting: Close to Colorado Resorts, Denver, and Colorado Springs

Arkansas River White Water Rafting Colorado

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.

Arkansas River Trips:

Day Trips

TRIP NAME
CLASS
DIST.
SEASON
MIN. AGE
Class III-IV
18 mi.
May 1-Sept 7
Age 7+
Class III-IV
10 mi.
May 1-Sept 7
Age 7+
Class I-II
9.5 mi.
May 1-Sept 7
Age 4+
Class III-IV
9 mi.
May 1-Aug 15
Age 10+
Class III-IV
26 mi.
May 1-Aug 15
Age 10+

Advanced Day Trips

TRIP NAME
CLASS
DIST.
SEASON
MIN. AGE
Class IV-V
6 mi.
May 1-Sept 7
Age 14+
Class IV-V
15 mi.
May 1-Sept 7
Age 14+
Class IV-V
18 mi.
May 1-Sept 7
Age 14+
Class III, IV-V
15 mi.
May 1-Sept 7
Age 14+

Multi Day Trips

TRIP NAME
CLASS
DIST.
SEASON
MIN. AGE
Class IV-V (V optional)
35-85 mi.
May 1-Sept 7
Age 10+
Class III-IV (V optional)
35 mi.
May 1-Sept 7
Age 8+
Class IV-V
33 mi.
May 1-Sept 7
Age 14+
Class IV-V (V optional)
68 mi.
May 1-Sept 7
Age 8+
Class IV-V (V optional)
90 mi.
May 1-Sept 7
Age 8+

 

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 Lower Browns 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.

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

Directions to our
Buena Vista, CO Office

The Arkansas River is located just outside our office in Buena Vista, 2 ½ hours southwest of Denver.

Packing List

Packing List and
Pre-Trip Information

Complete lists of what to bring, what we provide, where to meet, policies, rental costs and info.

Gallery

Gallery
Photos

Photos of the Arkansas River as well as the other river we raft, area wildlife, our staff and many more.

Maps

Arkansas River
Map

Overview Map of the Arkansas River showing section names,
rapids and other features.

Featured Trip:

Browns Canyon Full Day
Arkansas River, Buena Vista, Colorado
Join us on our Most Popular day trip!

What Our Guests Say:

Sarah, our guide, was the consummate professional.
Becky M.
I work in safety – wish I could get all our regional safety folks to present their safety meetings with the same enthusiasm and professionalism.
Karla S.
Pete was great. Extremely friendly and he took great care of us and really put our group first. Our trip was relaxing and fun!
Erin L.
We had an awesome time! All staff we dealt with were very personable and helpful. I can’t imagine anything you could do to improve!
Rusty B.
Matt was the most enthusiastic and exciting guide I have ever had… and I have done this a lot.
Carl M.

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