Royal Gorge Rafting

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Scenic, historic, crazy fun: that’s how we show you one on America’s greatest treasures. Join us on the Arkansas River as it winds through beautiful scenery and under the famous Royal Gorge Bridge.

Royal Gorge rafting has never been more exciting! The Royal Gorge is an epic sight from any angle but from below, it is truly breathtaking. Don’t gawk for too long, though, because when our expert Guides yell, “paddle!” they mean it! The rapids on this section of the Arkansas River are big and challenging, but spaced just enough for you to enjoy the Royal Gorge Bridge above and the towering canyon walls around you. All Royal Gorge rafting trips take you through legendary rapids, making Royal Gorge rafting as exciting as it gets!

Close your eyes and picture yourself rafting on the Arkansas River through the breathtaking Rocky Mountains. You’re at the bottom of the amazing Royal Gorge staring up at majestic granite walls that rise on both sides over 1,000 feet in the air. Now imagine you’re navigating your way through the Arkansas River’s wild river rapids while rafting the Royal Gorge with waves so big and drops so fast that everyone is soaked from head to toe, and all your cheeks hurt from smiling so much. Does this sound like the adventure you’ve been looking for? If so then the Royal Gorge rafting adventure is for you.

Royal Gorge
Royal Gorge
American Adventure Expeditions

Royal Gorge rafting is Colorado river rafting at its best. Big rapids, lots of water, and unbelievable views describe this ultimate Colorado rafting adventure. Not only will you experience thrilling rapids, but you’ll also raft under the world famous Royal Gorge Bridge on this epic stretch of whitewater.

1/2 Day - $75 ages 14 & up
Departs: 9:00am, 12:00 pm, and 3:00pm; (Allow up to 3 hours)
Full Day - $125 ages 14 & up
Departs: 9:00am and 12:00 pm; (Allow up to 6 hours)
Double Dip - $140 ages 14 & up
Departs: 9:00am and 12:00 pm; Allow 6 hours

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Our Royal Gorge adventure is Colorado white water rafting at its best and is consistently considered one of the top 10 whitewater rafting runs in the country! Our knowledgeable and fun Guides will securely take you through this epic stretch of whitewater while pointing out the beauty of the towering thousand foot canyon walls, and preparing you for unforgettable rapids. This AAE adventure is guaranteed to thrill even the most experienced whitewater-rafting enthusiasts.

Expect big drops and crashing waves while Arkansas River rafting through rapids such as Sunshine Falls, Boat Eater, and Wall Slammer. In addition to the amazing whitewater, you’ll float under the world’s highest suspension bridge at over 1,100 feet tall! These Royal Gorge rafting trips leave from our Royal Gorge office, just west of Cañon City.

Royal Gorge River Rafting

The Royal Gorge is extremely accessible for American Adventure as we are, exclusively, the only company with an outpost on the water; all we have to do is walk down to the river and hop in the boats (no boring, time consuming bus ride!). With an outpost directly on the Arkansas River our guests are able to experience Royal Gorge rafting like no one else. If you choose to do a morning or half day rafting trip with us you’ll get into the Royal Gorge ahead of all the other companies, and you will truly have the Royal Gorge all to yourself. If you choose the full day trip not only will you enjoy a private, gourmet river side lunch at one of our exclusive pavilions, but you will also benefit from the added convenience of being able to access your car in the middle of the trip to add or remove layers of clothing; let your dog out, etc… This is also an exclusive feature of our Numbers rafting full day adventure.

Have questions? Concerns? Our professional and hospitable staff will happily answer and quell any and all. Please don’t hesitate to call us, 719.395.2410, to book your next big trip. Adventures like Royal Gorge rafting leave you breathless but make you a storyteller… We can’t wait to hear yours.

Royal Gorge Rafting *Insiders Tip* Make time for a Full Day Adventure

If you’re not in a hurry, join us for the full day of Arkansas river rafting. You’ll enjoy more miles of amazing rapids and scenery plus enjoy a gourmet riverside lunch to let you stretch your legs, explore the canyon and get great family photos. Choose from a buffet of delicious deli meats and cheeses, fresh veggies, and all of the fixin’s as you create your very own healthy but filling ‘whitewater wrap’.  Along with your wrap enjoy some tortilla chips and a local organic salsa, seasonal Colorado fruit, brownies, cookies, and refreshing lemonade. This same delicious meal is also served on our Bighorn Sheep Canyon Rafting Full Day adventure.