Arkansas River Royal Gorge Pre-Trip Information

Packing List, Directions and Other Important Information for Your Trip

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DEPARTURE & RETURN TIMES

Please arrive 45 minutes before your trip departure time.

Trip: AM Half Day
Departs: 9:00 am
Returns: 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Trip: Full Day
Departs: 10:00 am
Returns: 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Trip: PM Half Day
Departs: 1:00 pm (12:30pm early & late season)
Returns: 3:30 – 5:00 pm
 

WHERE TO MEET

Your trip departs from Echo Canyon River Expeditions. Echo Canyon is located on the north side of Highway 50 approximately 9 miles west of Cañon City. Parking, changing and restroom facilities are available at their office. Please note that this trip does not meet at the Wilderness Aware office in Buena Vista.

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GPS Coordinates:
38.496963,-105.322516

Map to Royal Gorge Meeting Point
Royal Gorge rafting meeting point

WHAT TO BRING

  • Do Not Wear Cotton on the River (no jeans or sweats)
    Quick dry apparel is available in our retail store
  • Swimming Suit and/or Shorts
  • Sunglasses with Securing Strap
  • Hat or Visor (can be worn under your helmet)
  • Waterproof Sunscreen
  • Tennis Shoes or Secure Sandals (no flip-flops or Crocs)
  • Cash for Souvenirs and Tipping Your Guide
  • Change of Clothes and Towel (for after the trip)

WE PROVIDE

  • Riverside Steak Lunch on all Full Day trips
  • Professional Guide in Every Raft
  • Rafting and Safety Equipment – Including a Helmet
  • Shuttle Back to Your Car at the End of your Trip

HIGH WATER / COOL WEATHER RENTALS

Be Warm Package

Package
$20/day or $15/half-day
(Includes wetsuit, booties and splash jacket)

Wetsuit Only
$10/day or $7/half-day

Wetsuit Booties Only
$7/day or $5/half-day

Splash Jacket Only
$7/day or $5/half-day

IMPORTANT TRIP INFO

River Maps
Local Lodging Information
Reservation/Cancellation Policies
Liability Releases
Questions & Answers to Common Trip Questions

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

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