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Arkansas River Tours and Activities

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Flowing through four states, the Arkansas River is the sixth longest river in the United States. Its source basin and Arkansas River Canyon can be found in Colorado, where it is a popular spot to go whitewater rafting. It runs past the Rocky Mountains and drops extensively as it flows through the valley, creating the conditions that are good for rafting and kayaking. Depending on the section of the river there is everything from Class IV and V rapids to gentler II and III sections that are ideal for beginners. Waters weave scenically in and through canyons and gorges surrounded by thick forest and snow-capped peaks.

Aside from boating and fishing, visitors to the Arkansas River often utilize the facilities and the beautiful backdrop for activities such as hiking, camping, mountain biking, birding, and rock climbing. There is also great fly fishing in this part of the river, particularly for trout.

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Browns Canyon National Monument Whitewater Rafting

Browns Canyon National Monument Whitewater Rafting

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Enjoy the experience of a lifetime with family friendly Colorado rafting through Browns Canyon National Monument on the Arkansas River. Exciting class III-IV rapids intermixed with calm water in between make Browns Canyon rafting great for beginners and experts alike.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$92.65
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$92.65

Numbers Full Day Rafting Trip

Numbers Full Day Rafting Trip

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Get your adrenaline pumping as you embark on this whitewater rafting excursion down the Arkansas River. Navigate Class IV and IV+ rapids with your group and guide. take in the beautiful scenery along the way, and refuel with a fajita feast right on the banks of the river. This tour is suitable for those in good physical condition and can swim; no prior rafting experience required but is recommended.
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  • 7 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$146.48
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Intermediate Bighorn Sheep Canyon Whitewater Rafting Trip

Intermediate Bighorn Sheep Canyon Whitewater Rafting Trip

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See what makes Bighorn Sheep Canyon one of the most popular rafting locations near the Royal Gorge on a half-day whitewater adventure that’s suitable for both novices and experienced rafters. Soak up views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains and pristine Colorado scenery in between tackling class II-IV rapids. At just a half day, it's an easy way to fit in a favorite Rocky Mountains outdoor activity.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$91.56
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Bighorn Sheep Canyon Half-Day Rafting

Bighorn Sheep Canyon Half-Day Rafting

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Paddle down the scenic Arkansas River on a half-day rafting adventure through Colorado’s Bighorn Sheep Canyon. Navigate class II and II whitewater rapids with an expert guide, and soak up the beauty of the surrounding high desert landscape, home to an abundance of native wildlife. It’s a great way for families and first-timers to experience one of Colorado’s favorite—and wettest!—outdoor adventure sports.
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  • 3 hours
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$66.05
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Full Day Intermediate Rafting Trip in Browns Canyon

Full Day Intermediate Rafting Trip in Browns Canyon

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Novice and advanced rafters alike agree that running Browns Canyon on the Arkansas River makes for a fun-filled day on the water. Admire canyon scenery as you head through white water, including rapids such as Pinball and Big Drop. Lunch is also included for you to enjoy partway through the trip.
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  • 6 hours 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$135.63
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Half Day Bighorn Sheep Canyon Rafting Adventure Cañon City CO

Half Day Bighorn Sheep Canyon Rafting Adventure Cañon City CO

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Experience excellent Colorado Rafting as you hit the most exciting and iconic rapids in the Bighorn Sheep Canyon. This is the perfect Arkansas River trip for beginner to intermediate rafters. Journey Quest is a non-profit Christ-centered rafting ministry, and these trip are uplifting, family-friendly adventures. You’ll love the scenery, the experience, and the intentional ministry led by our guides on your next Colorado whitewater rafting adventure.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.00
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$75.00

Milk Run Family Rafting Trip

Milk Run Family Rafting Trip

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Beginners will feel safe and comfortable on this 1-hour rafting trip down the Milk Run of the Arkansas River in Buena Vista, CO. Families with small children over two years old can paddle together through easy splashes and gentle floats with mountain views. All paddling equipment and safety gear is included.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$84.63
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Mild Cottonwood Family Float

Mild Cottonwood Family Float

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Fancy floating with the family down the fantastic Arkansas River against the backdrop of the remarkable Rocky Mountains? Alighting from Coaldale, this family-friendly trip offers travelers a gentle taste of the classic rafting experience, including easy Class II - III rapids. All gear and comprehensive safety briefings are provided, ensuring an exhilarating and unforgettable experience for all travelers aged 5 and over.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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$75.21
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Royal Gorge Full-Day Rafting Trip

Royal Gorge Full-Day Rafting Trip

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Experience the ultimate in Colorado whitewater on this full-day Royal Gorge rafting trip from Cañon City. Warm up with a run down Bighorn Sheep Canyon, then put your paddling skills to the test while tacking the thrilling whitewater flumes of the Royal Gorge. A riverside picnic lunch is included on this wet and unforgettable adventure.
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  • 6 hours
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$149.00
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$149.00

Numbers Extreme Whitewater Rafting

Numbers Extreme Whitewater Rafting

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Extreme Colorado white water rafting on the Arkansas River in Buena Vista is for experienced rafters or adventurous beginners in good physical condition. The Numbers sections offers some of the most technical white water rafting in Colorado. Be prepared for a full body workout as your professional river guide directs your group through each back to back rapid. Enjoy scenic views of the 14,000 foot Collegiate Peaks and cottonwood lined riverbanks between paddle strokes
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$103.56
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Numbers - Half Day Trip

Numbers - Half Day Trip

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ADVANCED -IV-lV+ – ARKANSAS RIVER This stretch of river contains some of Colorado’s most exciting whitewater! With some soaking splashes, a few medium-sized drops and nearly non-stop action, you will want to be in good physical condition and be a good swimmer. Enjoy amazing views of the impressive, snow-capped Collegiate Peaks while resting between long rapids. Perfect for the whitewater veterans and adrenaline-seeking first timers. Min age: 14 Meeting location:  Buena Vista Run Level:  Advanced
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  • 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$118.27
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Bighorn Sheep Canyon Full-Day Experience

Bighorn Sheep Canyon Full-Day Experience

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Get ready for a wet and wild ride with this full-day rafting adventure down the Arkansas River’s Bighorn Sheep Canyon! Departing from Cañon City, tackle class II and II whitewater rapids with the help of an expert guide while winding through gorgeous Colorado scenery. With an included picnic lunch and plenty of opportunities to stop and swim, it’s a great introduction to rafting for first-timers and families.
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  • 8 hours
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$132.00
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Lower Browns Canyon Mildwater Float Trip

Lower Browns Canyon Mildwater Float Trip

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A wonderful family friendly white water rafting trip in Colorado! Splash, swim, and take in the stunning views while a professional river guide rows you down the river without the interruption of paddling (unless of course, you want to paddle)! Enjoy bouncy wave trains, man made white water park, and wildlife sightings on this calm and picturesque section suitable for children as young as 4.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$93.14
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Half-Day Royal Gorge Whitewater Rafting Adventure Cañon City CO

Half-Day Royal Gorge Whitewater Rafting Adventure Cañon City CO

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The Royal Gorge is one of the most thrilling and exciting whitewater rafting trips on the Arkansas River. Enjoy the beauty and thrill of God’s creation as you experience 1,000 foot high canyon walls, confront exciting Class IV-V rapids, and see the famous Royal Gorge Bridge. The Royal Gorge is a serious section of river facing Class III-V Rapids, and a half-day trip is not a suitable introduction for beginners. Previous class III or higher paddling experience and strong swimming ability are recommended for all guests. For the safety of our guests and guides, we cannot take guests who are over 250lbs or individuals with a history of heart or serious medical problems. Journey Quest is a non-profit Christ-centered rafting ministry, and these trip are uplifting, family-friendly adventures. You’ll love the scenery, the experience, and the intentional ministry led by our guides on this Colorado whitewater rafting adventure.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$95.00
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$95.00

Numbers Half Day Rafting Trip with Lunch

Numbers Half Day Rafting Trip with Lunch

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Advanced -IV-lV+ rafting on the Arkansas River! This stretch of river contains some of Colorado’s most exciting whitewater! With some soaking splashes, a few medium-sized drops and nearly non-stop action, you will want to be in good physical condition and be a good swimmer. Enjoy amazing views of the impressive, snow-capped Collegiate Peaks while resting between long rapids. Perfect for the whitewater veterans and adrenaline-seeking first timers! This Trip includes our Ultimate Fajita Feast hot lunch! 
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  • 4 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$139.97
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Arkansas River Dinner Float

Arkansas River Dinner Float

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Come enjoy a unique Colorado white water rafting and dining experience. Ideal for families with young children and groups looking for mild white water rafting in Colorado with a delicious ending. Float from our office for about 30-45 minutes to the Riverside Bar and Grill where you can relax over dinner with your family and friends. Included in the trip cost per person are river shoe rentals and a meal voucher that generally covers an entree and drink. Total trip duration, including check-in, shuttle, float and dining time is 2-3 hours.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$76.31
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Half-Day Arkansas River - Royal Gorge Rafting Trip

Half-Day Arkansas River - Royal Gorge Rafting Trip

Experience the adrenaline-pumping excitement of a whitewater rafting adventure on this professionally guided, half-day, small-group excursion. Ride along Class IV and V rapids, the wild side of the Arkansas River. Royal Gorge was once a place where boaters left the river alone. With state-of-the-art equipment and better technical understanding, however, this section of rapids has become a thrilling and challenging whitewater rafting trip. Experience is a must.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$89.75
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$89.75
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1-Day Arkansas River - Royal Gorge Rafting - Expert Level

1-Day Arkansas River - Royal Gorge Rafting - Expert Level

Experience the adrenaline-pumping excitement of a whitewater rafting adventure on this professionally guided, full-day, small-group excursion. Ride along Class IV and V rapids, under the world famous Royal Gorge Bridge, 1,400 feet above the river. Royal Gorge was once a place where boaters left the river alone. With state-of-the-art equipment and better technical understanding, however, this section of rapids has become a thrilling and challenging whitewater rafting trip. Experience is a must. All boating equipment — rain gear, drinking water and a personal floatation device — plus lunch, are included.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$195.00
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$195.00
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1-Day Arkansas River - Bighorn Sheep Canyon Trip

1-Day Arkansas River - Bighorn Sheep Canyon Trip

Experience the adrenaline-pumping excitement of a whitewater rafting adventure on this professionally guided, half-day excursion at Bighorn Sheep Canyon. Ride along the clear, crisp waters of the Arkansas River, with beautiful views of the snow-covered Sangre de Cristo Mountains. A gentle start crashes into more challenging Class II and III rapids for the more experienced paddler. It’s a perfect balance for kids and adults wanting to share a fun day on the river. All boating equipment — rain gear, drinking water and a personal floatation device — are included.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.00
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$125.00

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Should I book Arkansas River tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Arkansas River can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Arkansas River 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Arkansas River costs USD 66.05. Guided Arkansas River tours start around USD 66.05 per person.
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