The popular Arkansas River emerges from the Rocky Mountains at Cañon City, Colorado. Choose from many different river rafting companies located near the Royal Gorge Bridge in Cañon City. Most trips are full or half-day with a few overnight rafting trips offered. The river includes beginner, intermediate, and expert sections; my husband and I first took the kids down the Big Horn section when they were in elementary school, while the Royal Gorge section is the most challenging and is a Class IV or V depending on the river volume.
Our son just took an all day river rafting trip down the Arkansas River with Clear Creek Rafting Company. Based on his experience, when whitewater rafting in Colorado, I highly recommend river rafting with Clear Creek White Water Rafting. Here is his TripAdvisor review:
We rafted the full day Big Horn/Royal Gorge section of the Arkansas River with Clear Creek Rafting on June 27, 2013. It was easily the best rafting company I’ve rafted with. We LOVED our guide Roberto!!!! I have done a significant amount of white water and he was by far one of the most experienced and entertaining guides I have ever had.
My girlfriend was a little hesitant about the difficulty of the class IV rapids but Roberto put her at ease as soon as we were in the water. He knew every rock above and below the water, every safe place to cliff jump, had complete control of the boat from put in to take out, and we could tell he really loves what he does. He was fun, entertaining, and a great chef. Our lunch of sandwiches, chips, salsa and watermelon was delicious.
The rapids in the gorge were intense but Roberto prepared us for what to expect before each rapid, how we were going to attack it and exactly what to do if thrown from the boat. Luckily he kept us all in the boat and we felt extremely safe the entire trip. The free photo CD was great, usually at least $50 with other companies. We also saw one big horn sheep, we were very happy to see some wildlife. I would recommend this trip to everyone, request Roberto! Most fun rafting trip I have ever been on!!!!
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