Colorado Springs Rafting Trip Information

Resources for Planning a White Water Rafting Trip from Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, Colorado is a unique city with a “small town” feel – the combination makes for the perfect Colorado rafting summer vacation destination. Colorado Springs is a wonderful place to experience a wide variety of outdoor activities, while still enjoying the comforts and conveniences of traveling to the city. Many adventures are just a short trip away – including the Arkansas River, America’s best white water rafting! Wilderness Aware Rafting offers many different fun-filled and exciting trips on the Arkansas River near Colorado Springs.

Visitors to Colorado Springs, Colorado return to the area every summer to take advantage of the variety of activities the area offers. With the towering heights of the Rocky Mountains just outside the city, white water rafting with Wilderness Aware is only one of the many activities you can experience. Most guests to Colorado Springs take pleasure in many different outdoor adventures, with white water rafting being the highlight of their vacation!

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Direction from Colorado Springs (Airport) to Colorado Rafting Destinations

Arkansas River – America’s most popular white water rafting, just a short trip outside Colorado Springs.
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.

Colorado Springs, Colorado: Abundant with History

Many areas in Colorado were first inhabited by native tribes, and Colorado Springs is no exception. The Ute, Cheyenne and Arapahoe people gathered in the region, taking advantage of the natural and abundant springs that run from the mountains. Though there were many native people, as well as Spanish soldiers that came through the area, it was Zebulon Pike who, in 1806, was credited for discovering Colorado Springs most impressive landmark – the 14,115 foot Pikes Peak. Many trappers, explorers and traders traveled through the area soon after, though no established settlement was set up until the great Pikes Peak Gold Rush in 1859. At this time, Colorado City (now Old Colorado City) cropped up and over 100,000 flocked to the area.

Colorado City remained the region’s primary settlement until 1871, when General William Palmer established Colorado Springs, just the east of Colorado City. His vision of a grand Victorian resort town with broad streets, parks, churches and schools had become a reality. Within a few years he had built the grand Antlers Hotel in downtown Colorado Springs. With the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad running right alongside, Colorado Springs became a thriving tourist destination, as well as an attraction to those in poor health or stricken with tuberculosis. It was said that Colorado Springs’ sunny, dry climate and natural spring waters had healing powers.

The gold rush hit hard, and many millionaires called Colorado Springs home. In 1893, Katharine Lee Bates traveled to the top of Pikes Peak and was so inspired by the experience that she wrote the now very famous song “America the Beautiful”. Colorado Springs continued to thrive thereafter – seeing the establishment of the military base Camp Carson (now Fort Carson) in 1940, the United States Air Force Academy in 1954, and in 1963 NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) was built underground at the base of Cheyenne Mountain.

Embedded with a rich and colorful history, Colorado Springs is the perfect destination for those looking for the quintessential Colorado experience.

Colorado Springs, Colorado: The Perfect Blend of City Life and Mountain Adventure

Colorado Springs is the perfect destination for your next Colorado vacation. With such a wide variety of outdoor activities, you’re guaranteed to never be bored.

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

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 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.
We had an awesome time. I would definitely recommend your company!
Leona H.
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.
One of the best times of my life!
Dylnn R.
I loved my experience at WA and will definitely be back with more people.
Cory D.
We started rafting with you in 1988. This is our fourth trip. Will be back.
Jim L.
This was the highlight of our trip to Colorado!
Beth G.
Very pleasant and enjoyable experience. Rafted four other times and this was the best.
Linda H.
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.
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.
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.
Matt was the most enthusiastic and exciting guide I have ever had… and I have done this a lot.
Carl 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.
Very professional yet very informal approach—not an easy combination to sustain—nice team—office included.
Mark W.
When I made our reservation I knew we were going to have a fantastic time. Everything that happened today exceeded my expectations.
Mark E.
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.
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.
I would like to commend your staff on their great teamwork and enthusiasm. This was the highlight of our trip to Arizona.
Michele E.
This was my first rafting experience and you guys made it awesome! Thank you so much!
Jamie L.
Best time I’ve had on the river in the past 15 years!!!! Will return soon!!!
Dylan S.
Appreciate your professional and fun staff! Will definitely return next year!
Dana Q.
Good job, as usual. Our 5th or 6th trip with WA. Big fans of WA.
Tim S.
Been rafting six times around the country. Best trip and guide so far.
James H.
Sarah, our guide, was the consummate professional.
Becky M.
The trip, your people, your facility never get old.
Fred P.
I want to raft again and again and well you get the point…again.
Levi V.
From the enthusiastic greetings when we arrived at the office this am, all service was top notch.
John D.
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 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.
We feel we have found new friends in Wilderness Aware and plan on spending time in the future with you.
Susie S.
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.
Sarah was fantastic! Very knowledgeable and very fun! Best trip ever, even the low water! We will be back again!
Barbara L.
The entire staff from reservations to first contact to trip guide was friendly and helpful. Our Scouts had an outstanding time!
Ken T.
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.
It was the best first experience in rafting. Ben was awesome!! Five stars!
Kirby S.
Thanks for the great time on the river. You do a super job of taking care of your crews.
Jan P.
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.
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.
Family friend always said Wilderness Aware Rafting was the best. I totally agree!
Angie D.

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