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the arkansas river royal gorge
departure & return times
Please share with everyone in your group. If you have any questions or need additional information call us at 1.800.462.7238.
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.
what to bring
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)
- 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
$20/day or $15/half-day
(Includes wetsuit, booties and splash jacket)
$10/day or $7/half-day
Wetsuit Booties Only
$7/day or $5/half-day
Splash Jacket Only
$7/day or $5/half-day
other important information
- River Maps
- Lodging Information
- Reservation/Cancellation Policies
- Liability Releases
- Q & A: Common Trip Questions
Cancellation Policy: If your group or any person in your group cancels their trip 10 or more days before departure, you will receive a full refund on your trip cost less $5 per person/per trip on all half and day trips. If your group or any person in your group cancels within 10 days prior to departure, for any reason, there will be no refund issued.
Cancellation Insurance: You many purchase insurance on your reservation for a minimal fee, approximately 10% of your trip cost. This is purchased PER PERSON, PER TRIP. If you choose to purchase insurance, you may cancel up to 24 hours before your trip departure with no penalty on my trip cost. If you cancel within 24 hours but with at least 1 hours’ notice, we will issue you a gift certificate (rather than a cash/credit refund) that is good through the following season. Gift certificates cannot be extended beyond their expiration date. If you cancel within 1 hour, there is no refund. Insurance is nontransferable, nonrefundable and does not cover no-shows.
Drugs and Alcohol: Drugs or alcohol are not to be consumed before or during your trip.
Pregnancy: Echo Canyon does not allow guests that pregnant to participate in rafting.
Each person rafting will be required to sign a liability release form prior to trip departure. Upon confirmation of your trip, you will receive a link to fill out your liability waiver online. Each youth under the age of 18 years old will need a parent or guardian to co-sign their liability. If you are not able to access the online liability waiver, you can print and complete a paper copy. Paper copies can be downloaded here.
Will I receive a safety orientation prior to my trip?
Prior to boarding your raft, your guide will cover a detailed safety orientation with everyone. Colorado Rivers Outfitters Association (CROA) created a comprehensive video that covers the same information in your safety orientation. Feel free to check out this video before your rafting adventure begins.
Will my trip change due to water levels?
The Arkansas River originates in the central mountains of Colorado, and the winter snows have a significant effect on seasonal water levels. As a result, we reserve the right to alter trip itineraries due to high water or low water to be sure you as our guest receive a quality raft trip that includes a similar level of whitewater excitement. Please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions or concerns about how seasonal water levels may affect your rafting reservation.
Is it appropriate to tip my guide?
Tipping is appropriate, particularly if you have received exceptional customer service. If you believe that a tip is appropriate we recommend an average tip of $10-$15/guest/day. You will have the opportunity to tip your guide directly at the conclusion of your trip. We always appreciate hearing from you so that we can recognize extraordinary customer service and we also appreciate hearing from you if you feel that there are areas that we can improve upon. We strive to exceed your expectations!
What happens if I arrive late for my trip?
To provide our guests with the best possible customer service, we launch our trips on time. We cannot wait for late guests. You must arrive for your trip 30-45 minutes prior to your departure time in order to get through our check in process and prepare for your trip. Please plan your time accordingly – allow enough travel time and include unexpected stops for road construction.
I cannot swim. Can I still go rafting?
Many of our participants cannot swim, however, good physical condition and strong swimming skills must be considered if you are participating in a class V whitewater trip. We provide U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices designed to float you face-up in whitewater. Personal floatation devices are required to be worn at all times.
Do I need to wear a helmet?
Helmets are required and provided on the Arkansas River.
Can I bring anything along with me on the raft?
Each raft is equipped with a waterproof bag for any small items that you may need during the day.
Should I bring a water bottle on my raft trip?
We do not carry drinking water on your raft and recommend you bring your own bottle.
Will there be photos taken on my trip?
GoPro footage will be taken of each raft and will be available for purchase at the conclusion of your trip.
I am worried about the altitude. Will I be ok to raft?
You will be rafting at 5700 feet above sea level. Most people don’t have serious problems here, but shortness of breath and dehydration are possible. Come a day or two early to acclimatize yourself if you can. We recommend that you drink plenty of water during your stay.
Is there food available nearby?
Yes. Echo Canyon owns and operates the 8 Mile Restaurant, located adjacent to the rafting office. Great food and beverages are available for breakfast, lunch and dinner.