Resources for Planning a White Water Rafting Trip from Canon City, Colorado


Visiting Cañon City, Colorado in the summer is a vacation you’ll never forget! With such a wide variety of outdoor activities, shopping and restaurants – you won’t have time to be bored! America’s most famous white water rafting river – the Arkansas – runs right through Cañon City, Colorado. No Cañon City vacation is complete without experiencing a white water rafting trip in the Arkansas River, especially through the Royal Gorge. And you won’t find a better white water rafting outfitter than Wilderness Aware!

Many of our customers come back year after year to enjoy Cañon City, the Royal Gorge and the beautiful Arkansas River. With so many things to do near Cañon City, white water rafting is only one of the many activities you can experience.

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Direction from Canon City to Colorado Rafting Destinations

Arkansas River – closest white water rafting trips to Cañon City. 

Gunnison River – remote wilderness two-day rafting trips.

Colorado River – mild family float trips. 

North Platte River – wilderness trips in May and June.

Dolores River – 3, 6 & 10 day trips in May and June.

Salt River, AZ – springtime rafting trips in Arizona near Phoenix and Tucson.

Canon City, Colorado: A Classic Colorado Town

Before western settlers came into the area where present day Cañon City is located, it was frequented as a camping area by the Ute Indians, Colorado’s only indigenous tribe. In 1858, settlers finally made their appearance on the banks of the Arkansas River. It wasn’t until 1860 that the first building was complete and the town was more than just a mining camp.

Gold was what everyone came looking for. Cañon City prospered quickly, thanks to the gold rush that was creating thriving communities throughout Colorado. However, when the search for gold wasn’t yielding desirable amounts, oil was discovered instead. In late 1861 a man named A. M. Cassaday drilled for petroleum about six miles north of town. He struck oil at a depth of 50 feet, and completed the first commercial oil well west of the Mississippi. After the arrival of the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railway in 1874, the community became a shipping point for agricultural products, livestock, minerals, quarried marble. Smelters were built in Cañon City following the last great gold rush in Colorado, taking place in nearby Cripple Creek in 1891.

Since then, Cañon City has continued to thrive, boasting a population of around 16,000. The area draws huge crowds in the summer for a wide variety of tourist activities.

Canon City: A Great Place for an Outdoor Vacation

Cañon City is a great destination for your next Colorado vacation. Outdoor activities are plentiful – hiking, rafting and camping make a Cañon City vacation the trip of lifetime. Take white water rafting trip through the Royal Gorge on the Arkansas River, hike through Bighorn Sheep Canyon, or simply enjoy camping in the wilderness.

Don’t forget to visit many other vacation towns and destinations on your Cañon City, CO vacation, including SalidaBuena Vista, Leadville, BreckenridgeKeystone, Aspen, Vail, Colorado SpringsDenver, and Gunnison.

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