Royal Gorge Half Day

Royal Gorge, Arkansas River

This half day adventure through the Royal Gorge canyon that departs near Cañon City, Colorado – close to Colorado Springs and Denver – combines fast-paced and challenging Arkansas River white water with stunning and unparalleled high-walled canyon beauty. Suitable for advanced rafters and those ages 14+, raft with us on this amazing trip between April and late-September.

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Trip Details

Adults: $79

  • 9 AM & 1 PM Departure
  • 12:30 PM Departure (early/late season)
  • April to late-September
  • 10 miles on the river
  • Ages 14 years and up*
  • Advanced, Class IV-V rapids
  • Experienced guide on each raft
  • Located near Cañon City – close to Colorado Springs and Denver

About the Arkansas River Royal Gorge Half Day Trip

Get a taste of extreme whitewater on a half day adventure through the Arkansas River’s Royal Gorge. This trip is packed full of exhilarating drops, challenging maneuvers, large waves and hits – enough keep you on your toes the entire trip!

In the short time between exciting rapids, take in the amazing geology that surrounds the river. Sheer canyon walls shoot up from the riverside with the popular Royal Gorge suspension bridge spanning the top at 1,053 feet above the river. For a longer rafting adventure, consider rafting our Royal Gorge Full Day – which includes the fast-paced Bighorn Sheep Canyon section before lunch.


Each Royal Gorge trip booked by Wilderness Aware is run by our partner, Echo Canyon River Expeditions. Echo Canyon runs a quality operation with highly-trained and skilled guides.

Additional Information
  • *Adult price is valid for those 14 years and older. Minimum age is subject to increase due to high water, typically late-May through June.
  • Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more.
  • Please arrive at least 30-45 minutes prior to departure time.
  • Price listed includes your lifejacket, helmet, guide, boat, and transportation to and from the river. The prices listed do not include 9% land and water access fees, cold weather rentals or guide tip.

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Map & Directions to Echo Canyon River Expeditions near Cañon City, CO

Our Royal Gorge Half Day trip meets at Echo Canyon River Expeditions. Echo Canyon is located 9 miles west of Cañon City and 25 miles east of Cotopaxi on the north side of Hwy 50. There are signs along the highway indicating where to turn.

Parking, changing and restroom facilities are available at Echo Canyon.


  • Packing List and Pre-Trip Information: a complete list of what to bring, what we provide, rental costs and directions.
  • Liability Release: required for each rafter. Please feel free to complete this form prior to arrival. Each person under 18 years of age requires a parent/guardian to co-sign.
  • Arkansas River Description: information about the Arkansas River, including a complete list of all trips we offer.
  • Gallery: look through photos of the Arkansas River, our other rivers, staff, wildlife and more.
  • River Map: check out our detailed river maps including rapids and other features.

Water Flow Levels for Royal Gorge

USGS waterflow reporting for the Arkansas River. Blue line is last seven days and yellow triangles are historical medians. Measured at Parkdale, Colorado

USGS Water Flows for Royal Gorge