Canon City Rafting Trip Information

Resources for Planning a White Water Rafting Trip from Canon City, Colorado

Visiting Cañon City, Colorado in the summer is a vacation you’ll never forget! With such a wide variety of outdoor activities, shopping and restaurants – you won’t have time to be bored! America’s most famous white water rafting river – the Arkansas – runs right through Cañon City, Colorado. No Cañon City vacation is complete without experiencing a white water rafting trip in the Arkansas River, especially through the Royal Gorge. And you won’t find a better white water rafting outfitter than Wilderness Aware!

Many of our customers come back year after year to enjoy Cañon City, the Royal Gorge and the beautiful Arkansas River. With so many things to do near Cañon City, white water rafting is only one of the many activities you can experience.

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Direction from Canon City to Colorado Rafting Destinations

Arkansas River – closest white water rafting trips to Cañon City.
Gunnison River – remote wilderness two-day rafting trips.
Colorado River – mild family float trips.
North Platte River – wilderness trips in May and June.
Dolores River – 3, 6 & 10 day trips in May and June.
Salt River, AZ – springtime rafting trips in Arizona near Phoenix and Tucson.

Canon City, Colorado: A Classic Colorado Town

Before western settlers came into the area where present day Cañon City is located, it was frequented as a camping area by the Ute Indians, Colorado’s only indigenous tribe. In 1858, settlers finally made their appearance on the banks of the Arkansas River. It wasn’t until 1860 that the first building was complete and the town was more than just a mining camp.

Gold was what everyone came looking for. Cañon City prospered quickly, thanks to the gold rush that was creating thriving communities throughout Colorado. However, when the search for gold wasn’t yielding desirable amounts, oil was discovered instead. In late 1861 a man named A. M. Cassaday drilled for petroleum about six miles north of town. He struck oil at a depth of 50 feet, and completed the first commercial oil well west of the Mississippi. After the arrival of the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railway in 1874, the community became a shipping point for agricultural products, livestock, minerals, quarried marble. Smelters were built in Cañon City following the last great gold rush in Colorado, taking place in nearby Cripple Creek in 1891.

Since then, Cañon City has continued to thrive, boasting a population of around 16,000. The area draws huge crowds in the summer for a wide variety of tourist activities.

Canon City: A Great Place for an Outdoor Vacation

Cañon City is a great destination for your next Colorado vacation. Outdoor activities are plentiful – hiking, rafting and camping make a Cañon City vacation the trip of lifetime. Take white water rafting trip through the Royal Gorge on the Arkansas River, hike through Bighorn Sheep Canyon, or simply enjoy camping in the wilderness.

Don’t forget to visit many other vacation towns and destinations on your Cañon City, CO vacation, including Salida, Buena Vista, Leadville, Breckenridge, Keystone, Aspen, Vail, Colorado Springs, Denver, and Gunnison.

Colorado Rafting River Guide:

Colorado Rafting River Guide
Check out our detailed information about the rivers you can raft across Colorado.

What Our Guests Say:

I want to raft again and again and well you get the point…again.
Levi V.
You are great to work with and your guides are fun to be around and well trained. Each experience I’ve had with you (3) has been excellent.
Dawn R.
This was the highlight of our trip to Colorado!
Beth G.
Your internet advertising was great. People who answered the phone very helpful and the guides top notch. Seems like your manager has done a wonderful job. I see why you are a successful company.
Phil G.
Sarah, our guide, was the consummate professional.
Becky M.
We feel we have found new friends in Wilderness Aware and plan on spending time in the future with you.
Susie S.
Matt was the most enthusiastic and exciting guide I have ever had… and I have done this a lot.
Carl M.
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.
Sarah was fantastic! Very knowledgeable and very fun! Best trip ever, even the low water! We will be back again!
Barbara L.
This was my first rafting experience and you guys made it awesome! Thank you so much!
Jamie L.
When I made our reservation I knew we were going to have a fantastic time. Everything that happened today exceeded my expectations.
Mark E.
We had an awesome time. I would definitely recommend your company!
Leona H.
Family friend always said Wilderness Aware Rafting was the best. I totally agree!
Angie D.
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.
Frenchie was the best guide I’ve ever had! This is a great company and I will definitely be telling friends about it!
Jamin R.
I have rafted with other companies before but I found your company and Mike, our guide, to be outstanding! I will be back!
Joe M.
Your staff and guides were so helpful and so much fun. My kids ranked that half-day trip as the highlight of our month long trip!
Patty G.
We started rafting with you in 1988. This is our fourth trip. Will be back.
Jim L.
We booked our trip cold off the internet and found from the very beginning a very friendly and courteous staff that helped out and answered all our questions.
Carolyn W.
The trip, your people, your facility never get old.
Fred P.
Been rafting six times around the country. Best trip and guide so far.
James H.
One of the best times of my life!
Dylnn R.
We’ve been with a lot of different rafting companies over the years and we have never used the same company twice but everyone on the trip agreed that your company is the best!
Lisa P.
The entire staff from reservations to first contact to trip guide was friendly and helpful. Our Scouts had an outstanding time!
Ken T.
Appreciate your professional and fun staff! Will definitely return next year!
Dana Q.
Thanks for the great time on the river. You do a super job of taking care of your crews.
Jan P.
I started rafting at WA in 1999 and have always had a good time. I highly recommend WA to anyone who wants to raft.
Marty E.
It was the best first experience in rafting. Ben was awesome!! Five stars!
Kirby S.
This trip surpassed all of my expectations.
Amy B.
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.
I would like to commend your staff on their great teamwork and enthusiasm. This was the highlight of our trip to Arizona.
Michele E.
From the enthusiastic greetings when we arrived at the office this am, all service was top notch.
John D.
I loved my experience at WA and will definitely be back with more people.
Cory D.
We have rafted round the world and this is by far the best—best trained guides, best safety, best food, best fun. Thanks.
Jane H.
I love the staff!! Very entertaining and welcoming. This was a great rafting experience. I want to come back tomorrow and do it again!
Bailey W.
Good job, as usual. Our 5th or 6th trip with WA. Big fans of WA.
Tim S.
Best time I’ve had on the river in the past 15 years!!!! Will return soon!!!
Dylan S.
This company is quality. Six years ago I did the same trip with Jack, Ian, and Kelly and the quality is as good today.
Chris G.
Very pleasant and enjoyable experience. Rafted four other times and this was the best.
Linda H.
Very professional yet very informal approach—not an easy combination to sustain—nice team—office included.
Mark W.

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