Extreme White Water Rafting on Colorado’s Arkansas River

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Some of the most exciting, exhilarating river rafting in Colorado takes place on two sections of the Arkansas River: Royal Gorge and Numbers. Featuring steep drops in rapid succession and Class IV and V rapids that require precision paddling and unflinching nerves, these white water rafting trips are not for the faint of heart. For experienced rafters looking for excitement, however, taking a trip down the Royal Gorge or Numbers with an expert white water rafting guide can be about as good as it gets.

Royal Gorge Rafting

The Royal Gorge of the Arkansas River is one of the most spectacular and recognizable natural scenes in Colorado. It’s also one of the most popular river rafting destinations in the state. Canyon walls soar over 1000 feet above Class IV rapids, in the shadow of the world’s highest suspension bridge, the Royal Gorge Bridge.

Wilderness Aware Rafting offers a full day Royal Gorge rafting trip. The trip starts in the more moderate Lower Bighorn Sheep Canyon, then drops into the Royal Gorge in the afternoon for breathtaking views and big drop after big drop. It’s an unforgettable experience. View here for more information or to schedule a Royal Gorge rafting trip with Wilderness Aware.

Numbers Rafting

If you’ve already mastered the Class IV rapids in the Royal Gorge, and want a new challenge, the Class V rapids in the Numbers section of the Arkansas River takes the level of adventure up even higher. Near the uppermost raftable section of river, the river is steep and rocky. Precision paddling and maneuvering is a must, and quick course changes and lateral paddling are necessary to navigate the Arkansas River’s steep, boulder-strewn drops. Many of the top competitive rafters in the world train here.

Wilderness Aware Rafting offers full-day and half-day Numbers white water rafting trips. The half-day trip covers six miles of the Arkansas River, while the full-day includes 15 miles of the best white water rafting in Colorado! View here for more information or to schedule a Numbers rafting trip with Wilderness Aware.


Due to the high spring snowfalls and mild summer weather, leading to a more moderate and sustained run-off, our rafting season has been extended to September 5th. Enjoy “the best late-season rafting conditions since 1995” for another month. If you haven’t had a chance to take a Colorado rafting trip this year, or want to get out and enjoy some of the best rafting conditions in years, now is the time. Visit www.www.inaraft.com for more information or to book a trip today.

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