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Arkansas River Tours

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.


Practical Info

The Arkansas River is located about 120 miles from Denver and 90 miles west of Colorado Springs. There may be fees to access parts of the river, but most of the recreation facilities are free to use. There is a visitors center for the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area located in Salida.

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Arkansas River Dinner Float, Buena Vista, null
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Arkansas River Dinner Float

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 ...  Read more

Location: Buena Vista, Colorado
Duration: Flexible

From USD $61.04
The Numbers Half-Day Rafting Tour, Buena Vista, White Water Rafting
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The Numbers Half-Day Rafting Tour

The Numbers Class III-IV: Test your endurance and paddle experience with whitewater adventure in the high country with big splashes and fast rapids. On this ...  Read more

Location: Nathrop, Colorado
Duration: Flexible

From USD $75.00
Half-Day Rafting Tour Through the Royal Gorge, Buena Vista, White Water Rafting
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Half-Day Rafting Tour Through the Royal Gorge

This half-day excursion takes you down an exhilarating class IV section of the Arkansas River. In order to enjoy this Royal Gorge adventure, you must have ...  Read more

Location: Nathrop, Colorado
Duration: Flexible

From USD $82.50
Bighorn Sheep Canyon Tour on the Arkansas River, Buena Vista, White Water Rafting
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Bighorn Sheep Canyon Tour on the Arkansas River

Here the canyon walls open to beautiful views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, rising to over 14,000 feet. This whitewater rafting trip is perfect for ...  Read more

Location: Nathrop, Colorado
Duration: Flexible

From USD $66.00
Full-Day Arkansas River Rafting Through Browns Canyon, Buena Vista, White Water Rafting
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Full-Day Arkansas River Rafting Through Browns Canyon

Situated in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, the Arkansas River threads its way through a vacationer's paradise. From the river's source in the ...  Read more

Location: Nathrop, Colorado
Duration: Flexible

From USD $99.00
Half-Day Browns Canyon Rafting Experience, Buena Vista, White Water Rafting
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Half-Day Browns Canyon Rafting Experience

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Experience 3 hours of clear, crisp water crashing through the Granite Gorge. This half-day adventure is led by a local guide and all boating equipment such as ...  Read more

Location: Nathrop, Colorado
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.00
The Numbers Rafting Experience on the Arkansas River, Buena Vista, White Water Rafting
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The Numbers Rafting Experience on the Arkansas River

Experience the Numbers, a challenging, fast-paced technical section of the Arkansas River. Professional and knowledgeable guides will take you though one of ...  Read more

Location: Nathrop, Colorado
Duration: Flexible

From USD $120.00
Royal Gorge Advanced Rafting Experience, Buena Vista, White Water Rafting
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Royal Gorge Advanced Rafting Experience

Put your whitewater skills to the test with this exhilarating and challenging class IV section of the Arkansas River! Prior experience is required on this ...  Read more

Location: Nathrop, Colorado
Duration: Flexible

From USD $135.00
Royal Gorge 6-Hour Rafting Experience, Cañon City, White Water Rafting
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Royal Gorge 6-Hour Rafting Experience

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The Royal Gorge offers the best adventure whitewater in the state of Colorado. Just one hour from Colorado Springs, the Royal Gorge rafting experience includes ...  Read more

Location: Cañon City, Colorado
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $152.56
Half Day Royal Gorge Rafting Adventure, Cañon City, White Water Rafting
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Half Day Royal Gorge Rafting Adventure

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Royal Gorge rafting is Colorado river rafting at its best. Big rapids, lots of water, and unbelievable views describe this ultimate Colorado rafting adventure. ...  Read more

Location: Cañon City, Colorado
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $87.74

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