Most Popular White Water Multi-Day Trips in Colorado and Arizona

#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 Day, 3 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 Day, 3 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.

Arkansas River Multi-Day Rafting Colorado


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Multi-Day Trip Reviews

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What Our Guests Say:

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

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