Arkansas River – White Water Rafting Colorado
125 Miles of Colorado white water on the Arkansas River from Class II-V gives the options of a ½ day to 4-day rafting adventure from May to September. Situated in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, the Arkansas River drops over 5,000 feet over its first 125 miles from its headwaters in Leadville, Colorado through the pink granite walls of Browns Canyon adjacent to Browns Canyon Wilderness Area into the 1,000 foot shadows of the famous Royal Gorge.
This spectacular river valley boasts views of the 14,000-foot Collegiate and Sangre de Cristo Mountain ranges that are enjoyed on our many white water rafting trips. It continues through the snowy peaks of the Sawatch Range through Big Horn Sheep Canyon to the finale of the Royal Gorge near Canon City.
Bill Dvorak Rafting and Kayak Expeditions offers a wide range of white water trips on the Arkansas River rafting ranging from half-days to multi-day excursions. Whether you seek a family vacation in Class II or the rush of Class V white water, Dvorak Expeditions has an ideal Arkansas River rafting trip for you that will create lasting memories.
Want added excitement? Ask about the possibility to add Stand Up Paddle boarding to the trip in the calm waters!
PINE CREEK BOOK FULL DAY NOW
(6 miles): The most challenging stretch of the Arkansas River white water. Only for those who have paddled the Royal Gorge or the Numbers with us before. Minimum age of 18. Class IV-V.
THE NUMBERS BOOK FULL DAY | BOOK AM TRIP | BOOK PM TRIP
(14 miles): The Arkansas River’s “big bang” for white water. This challenging section of 6 rapids is run only at certain water levels and paddlers must be at least 18 years of age. Class III-IV+
BROWNS CANYON BOOK FULL DAY | BOOK AM TRIP | BOOK PM TRIP
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(16 miles): Downstream of the Numbers the Arkansas River slices through solid pink granite carving the beautiful Browns Canyon. A new challenge or an exhilarating first experience. Class II-III+
(12 miles): The Salida Canyon Rafting Trip starts where the canyon walls open up to beautiful views of the snow covered Sangre de Cristo Mountains, rising to over 14,000 feet. The rapids are less technical but no less exciting for an introductory river experience. Class II-III
BIG HORN SHEEP CANYON
(21 miles): The Canyon walls open to stunning views of the snow-covered Sangre de Cristo Mountains rising to over 14,000 feet. Stretching between Salida, Cotopaxi and Parkdale, these rapids are less technical than Browns Canyon but no less exciting for an introductory river experience. Class II-III
(18 Miles): Listen to your heart pound.. “The Gorge” was originally the location where boaters took out their boats, letting the Arkansas River charge on without them. The Royal Gorge has become the cutting edge of whitewater thrills throughout America’s southwest. Minimum age is 18. Class IV-V