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