#1: Arkansas River 2, 3 and 5 Day Rafting/Camping Adventures
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.
What Sections Will I Raft?
We specialize in providing self-contained and continuous multi-day raft trips – no repeating sections or shuttles to campgrounds.
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.