Top 5 Overnight & Multi-Day White Water Rafting Trips

 In Adventures & Travel, Wilderness Aware Rafting

 

#1: Arkansas River 2, 3 and 5 Day Rafting/Camping Adventures

Arkansas River Multi Day Rafting in Colorado

Our most popular multi-day rafting trips run on the various sections of Arkansas River. Conveniently located in central Colorado, the Arkansas River provides exciting and challenging white water rafting for all levels of experience. We offer multi-day adventures suitable for groups, families, scouts, camps and individuals.

  • 2 Day3 Day and 5 Day Trips
  • 2.5 hours southwest of Denver
  • Class III-IV whitewater
  • Kids ages 8+

What Sections Will I Raft?

We specialize in providing self-contained and continuous multi-day raft trips – no repeating sections or shuttles to campgrounds.

The 2 Day3 Day and 5 Day trips all begin at the same location – just north of Buena Vista at the start of The Narrows section.

Day 1: The Narrows (Class III-IV) – Start off your multi-day adventure with splashy, fun and continuous intermediate white water! The Narrows is full of fast-paced, technical rapids that challenge your paddling skills. As you raft south toward Buena Vista, enjoy the awe inspiring views of the lofty Rocky Mountains and towering cottonwood trees that hug the river’s edge. Stop at camp just before entering Browns Canyon, where your guides prepare fresh and delicious meals for you and your party. 
Day 2: Browns Canyon (Class III-IV) – After a hot breakfast and freshly brewed coffee enjoyed around the campfire, hit the popular and exciting Browns Canyon section. Splash through miles of entertaining white water in a glorious canyon full of breathtaking beauty and interesting rock formations. 2 Day trips finish up shortly after Browns Canyon, while those continuing on our 3 or 5 day trips camp just a few miles upstream of Salida.
Day 3: Lower Browns/Bighorn Sheep Canyon (Class II-III) – Day three takes you through the mild water sections of Lower Browns and Bighorn Sheep Canyon. Here you have the opportunity to take your turn paddling one of our inflatable kayaks to explore the river on your own while maneuvering small rapids that feel like big waves in a kayak! 3-day trips take out where the 5-day camps for the night. 
Day 4: Bighorn Sheep Canyon (Class II-III) – Day four brings you into the heart of Bighorn Sheep Canyon. Enjoy exploring the river in inflatable kayaks and keep a look out for wildlife – including the Bighorn Sheep! 
Day 5: Bighorn Sheep Canyon/Royal Gorge (Class III-IV, V) – Start the fifth and final day of your trip in thrilling whitewater very similar to Browns Canyon. Stop for lunch just before entering the class IV-V rapids of the Royal Gorge where the minimum rafting age is 14. At this time you have the option of finishing your trip at lunch or continuing through the action-packed rapids of the Gorge.

 

#2: Arkansas River 2, 3 and 4 Day Inn to Inn

Inn to Inn Luxury Rafting Trips in Colorado

These luxurious all inclusive multi-day trips are perfect for groups who are not interesting in sleeping in a tent. Customize your trip with an activity and rafting sections of your choice while enjoying the local culture and cuisine!

  • 2, 3 or 4 Day Trips
  • 2.5 hours southwest of Denver
  • Class III-IV or V whitewater
  • Kids ages 10+

On the first day enjoy a morning of rafting in the exciting class III-IV whitewater of the Narrows and an afternoon of horseback riding, golfing or soaking at the natural hot springs. Get a great night’s sleep at a local inn and enjoy a homemade breakfast before diving into the popular Browns Canyon section. Over the next two days, customize your river experience with inflatable kayaks or challenging class V whitewater.

 

#3: Arkansas River 2 Day Extreme Trip

Extreme Advanced White Water Trips in Colorado

This trip is perfect for those who are interested in challenging themselves with the advanced whitewater of the Arkansas River.

  • 2 Day Trip (vehicle assisted)
  • 2.5 hours southwest of Denver
  • Class IV-V whitewater
  • Kids ages 14+

Plunge into the commanding and technical Numbers section on day one, then drive to a developed state park campground where your guides will treat you to a freshly prepared meal. Day two brings you into the famous Royal Gorge section full of magnificent views and enthralling rapids.

 

#4: Gunnison River 2 Day Trip

Gunnison River Multi Day Rafting in Colorado

Get away from it all on one of the most secluded wilderness rafting trips available in Colorado. The stunning Gunnison Gorge offers exciting whitewater mixed with calm sections of green glassy water.

  • 2 Day Trip
  • 5 hours west of Denver
  • Class III-IV whitewater
  • Kids ages 10+

Your trip starts with an exciting backcountry road adventure to the top of the Chukar Trail where you begin your mile long hike into the Gunnison Gorge. The beautiful rock formations and unique vegetation along the trail are just a taste of what is to come over the next couple of days on the river. When floating into the heart of the Gorge soak in the sun, take a swim, bask in geological history and splash through the rapids until you reach camp. Here you can relax in the company of your friends and family while your guides prepare a fresh meal for your group. In the morning enjoy a hot breakfast along the river’s edge before another fun day on the river.

 

#5: Salt River 2, 3, 4 and 5 Day Trip

Salt River Arizona Multi Day Rafting Whitewater

Exciting springtime rafting in the beautiful and isolated Arizona wilderness. Our Salt River overnight trips are a true getaway into the heart of Sonoran desert – away from civilization and the stresses of a busy life

  • All Trips
  • 2.5 hours east of Phoenix
  • Class III-IV whitewater
  • Kids ages 10+

Our multi-day trips all meet at the bottom of the Salt River Canyon just off Highway 60; about 45 minutes north of Globe, AZ. 4 and 5 day trips depart from the meeting point while 2 and 3 day trips take a short shuttle downstream to their departure point. All trips raft through the stunning and rapid-filled Salt River Wilderness and wrap up at the Highway 288 Bridge near Globe. On our 2 and 3 day trips, you will experience longer days on the river paddling through class III-IV rapids. Enjoy a restful evening around the campfire after eating a hearty dinner prepared with fresh ingredients by your guides. Your days on the river are a bit shorter on 4 and 5 day trips allowing you more time to explore some truly breathtaking side canyon hikes including treks to ruins and waterfalls.

 

Rafting Trip Reviews by our Guests

Overall rating:
★★★★★
based on 24 reviews

Absolutely Brilliant

 
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★★★★★
 
Zack and Sean exceeded expectations-professional, knowledgeable and hilarious. 5*.”
– Tessa S.
 
  

Best Trip

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★★★★★
I have been on 7 professional rafting trips. This was the best by far!”
– Jason W.
 
  

Exceeded my expectations

 
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★★★★★
 
When I made the reservation, I knew we were going to have a fantastic time. Everything that
happened from arriving at the headquarters to desert after a delicious dinner exceeded my expectations.
Eager for my next Wilderness Aware experience.”
– Mark E.
 
  

2 Day Extreme

 
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★★★★★
 
Everyone had a great time and had nothing but positive things to say about your guides. I had AJ
both days. I’m writing to make sure he gets some praise. He’s highly personable, professional and
competent—an all-around great guy.
– Nathan G.
 
 

A Blast!

 
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★★★★☆
 
I loved the guides. At camp they were awesome. They played games and treated us with the utmost respect. On the water we trusted them and were kept absolutely safe. The trip was a total blast.
– Jack S.
  
 

Rafting around the world

 
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★★★★★
 
I’ve been rafting all over the world and this was one of the best trips ever. Great facilities, rentals, meals, and the best guides ever! I will definitely try another trip with them.” 
– Daniel H.
  
 

Excellent Customer Service

 
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★★★★★
 
I own 5 businesses & I wish mine had your customer service and operations.”
– Jesse T.
 
 

Many years with WA

 
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★★★★★
 
Your excellence in your entire organization is beyond compare. From office staff Jody, Katie and all the others through the years have made organizing groups a simple pleasure. Your guides through the years have been a professional, well trained and highly competent team (based on my 19 years of whitewater rafting). I wish to thank you for all the wonderful moments we have had together in Browns Canyon on the Arkansas River, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Northgate Canyon on the North Platte River and Perhaps my favorite, The Dolores (River of Sorrows). Wilderness Aware has always provided me with the opportunity to share river experiences with both my work companions and friends over all these years. My warmest regards to you all.”
– Kerry R.
 
  

3 Day Arkansas River Trio

 
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★★★★★
 
On July 21-23, I along with my son and a friend enjoyed a rafting and inflatable kayak trip down the Arkansas River. We started off with very good instruction and never having done this before found it very useful. Our guides Jimbo and Carter were very friendly and we certainly enjoyed their company not only on the water, but in the campsite. Thru out our trip they informed us about the river, the land along the river-public and private, and some issues with the landowners. At camp we were pleasantly surprised with the quality of the meals. Jimbo is one heck of a cook. Jimbo and Carter worked very well together. Each had a task to do and they went right after it. On the 22nd and 23rd, we took to the inflatable kayaks. Here the instruction was very good on how to enter the rapids. We had so much fun playing on the river in our own boats. In closing, I just want you to know that when I go rafting again that your company will be my number one choice.
– Annie B.
 
  

5 Days of Fun

 
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★★★★★
 
Outstanding trip! Margo is an amazingly articulate, competent guide. The food was surprisingly good and well done-“sexy” meals. The entire group of guides was amazing. Would do it again in a heartbeat.
– Ann W.
 
  

Thank You!

 
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★★★★★
 
We had an absolutely amazing 3-day trip. Not a detail was missed, from all the delicious food/drinks, equipment, knowledgeable base to our hard working guides….truly memorable and special. We will never forget our fantastic trip! Would have liked to have a map w/names of rapids. I keep forgetting which was which.
– Lorelei F.
 
  

Last minute trip

 
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★★★★★
 
The website is a great resource and led me to your company. It is a little expensive, but was a fun adventure for our 6 children. The meals were excellent and well prepared. The guides did great work and was a good mix of personalities.
– Yin S.
 

Grandsons loved it

 
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★★★★★
 
Great experience every time…so consistent with quality guides, meals, camping equipment, conversations, safety issues, etc. One of our best loved activities!!! Thank you! 7 of our grandsons have experienced this great adventure. Could have maybe had more planned games or activities in camp after rafting.” 
– Sandi T.
 
 

3 Day Youth Group Adventure

 
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★★★★★
 
Our group had several teenagers and the guides interacted very well making the experience much more pleasant. As a parent, I appreciated that added touch. My kids loved it!” 
– Atica H.
 
  

The way it was

 
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★★★★☆
 
I was hoping this trip would be one of my brother’s once in a lifetime ass kickin experience, it was all that and more. I can’t thank you enough. I was surprised to see young adults take so much pride in their work, you should be grateful to find such people…Justino is 1st class. No one better. Meals were over the top. Just as good as any restaurant. The camping took me back to my Boy Scout Days. Many good memories.” 
– Kevin B.
 
  

We really enjoyed our trip!

 
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★★★★☆
 
Less downtime in camp would be better. The building is beautiful, but need more restrooms at office-offer option for us to purchase better breakfast at office as well.
– Brandon H.
 
  

Our bachelor party

 
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★★★★☆
 
We had an incredible memorable weekend. Thanks you so much. It was worth every penny. Your guides were so professional and we had a blast. Ella, in particular, was everyone’s favorite. You deserve all the positive reviews you get.
– Brian B.
 
  

Great and Enjoyable Time

 
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★★★★☆
 
You should allow rafters to assist w/camp duties…help if they want. The fresh baked cake was great, but I would have preferred smores.
– Janet W.
 
  

5 Days on the Arkansas

 
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★★★★★
 
Loved the laid back personality of Poodle, Brett and Joe and loved hearing about their life experiences. Also liked that the raft leaders switched up boats each day. Loved lunch sites. Loved that Brett took on one nice long hike night 4 and knew history of the early settlement. I’ve rafted 4 other times and this one was the best!
– Celia B.
 
  

Best vacation I’ve taken in a long time!

 
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★★★★★
 
1st Overnight rafting trip and was blown away by the customer service, knowledge and friendliness of the guides. They were so super helpful.
– Bernard J.
 
  

Zack Wright is a star

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★★★★★
Of all the WA guides I have rafted with (Tom, Justin, Lydia, Mel, Carson, Sarah, Tony) Zack Wright is your star. Most enthusiasm, fun, stories local/geologic info, team building through introductions and phenomenal memory for guest detail. Also gave most sense of confidence in crew and firm direct commands. Hope he is well!
– Cathy N.
 
 

Quality

 
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★★★★☆
 
Margo, Jimbo and Frenchie were great! This company is quality. 6 years ago I did the same trip with Jack, Ian, and Kelley and the quality is as good today (guide-wise). Also the gear seemed better this time.
– Chris G.
 
  

Kudos

 
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★★★★★
 
Ben was very knowledgeable on rafting and local information. As a first time rafter, his confidence in giving commands helped me feel comfortable. When my sister fell off the raft, Ben subsequently fell in trying to help her. He continued to shout out commands while swimming down the river-took one for the team! We had great campfire stories to tell. Thanks Ben!
– Sarah P.
 
  

Best Experience

 
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★★★★★
 
Chip, Tony and Nick were outstanding. Our kids loved Chip and I loved his philosophy, letting the kids learn instead of micromanaging. Nicki was enthusiastic and simultaneously easy going- a stellar combo. Tony is super knowledgeable but kind and modest. Couldn’t have asked for a better experience.
– Melissa S.
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