Join us on America’s most popular river for white water rafting
Arkansas River rafting trips attract enthusiasts from around the world, making it 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:
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.
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Arkansas River Maps from Granite to Canon City!
This map gives an overview of all the rafting sections of the Arkansas River in Colorado. Each of these five sections can be rafted in one day. Sections can also be combined into 2-5 multi-day river trips with comfortable riverside camping or deluxe Inn to Inn all-inclusive options. Click on an outlined section to see details including rapid names. Printer-friendly and souvenir-quality low-resolution or high-resolution versions of this map are great to bring along when visiting us. If you and your friends or family are interested in Arkansas River Rafting Trips, or perhaps viewing the beautiful scenery whilst rafting the Royal Gorge, then contact Wilderness Aware Rafting where our experienced, knowledgeable, and well trained staff can determine the best trip for you!
Browse these maps for more detail on the various sections of the Arkansas River.
The sections of the Arkansas River where we offer our whitewater rafting trips attracts thousands of adventure seekers each year from all around the world, earning it the nickname “The Mecca of Whitewater Rafting”. There is something for every skill level here. The diverse Arkansas River features sections of high intensity rapids like The Numbers and the Royal Gorge as well as family friendly sections where guests as young as 4 years old can experience the fun of Colorado whitewater rafting at its finest. We even have oars we can easily mount onto our rafts so you can sit back and enjoy the gorgeous scenery as you soak up the Colorado sunshine. The most popular trips are in Browns Canyon. With over 100 miles of whitewater, you may also consider rafting the Narrows, Lower Browns Canyon and Bighorn Sheep Canyon.
The Arkansas River is located just outside our office in Buena Vista, 2 ½ hours southwest of Denver.
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