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Arkansas River Rafting

Rafting on the Arkansas River in Colorado is one of the most exciting and popular summer time activities, and no one does it better than American Adventure Expeditions! As the premier destination for whitewater rafting in Colorado as well as the country, this amazing river has an adventure for everyone!

  • Family-Friendly and High Adventure Rafting options available.
  • Two premier riverside rafting outposts in Cañon City and Buena Vista.
  • Highly-trained, professional staff ready to show you the time of your life.

From family-friendly Class I & II float trips to adrenaline pumping, heart pounding Class V expeditions…we’ve got it all. Not to mention picture perfect mountain scenery, inspiring historical tales, and the friendliest and most talented guides around. Let us show you this river like no one else can!

5 Years Old (Trip Dependent)
Class I-V (Trip Dependent)
Buena Vista and Cañon City

Browns Canyon

Trips Starting From $55
Multiple Departure Times Daily
Trips Range From 3 to 6 Hours

As the most popular stretch on this amazing river, this section perfectly combines classic Colorado whitewater with grandiose scenery, resulting in a trip to be remembered.

*This trip departs from our Buena Vista Rafting Outpost and the minimum age is 6 years old.

The Royal Gorge

Trips Starting From $78
Multiple Departure Times Daily
Trips Range From 3 Hours to Multi-Day

This trip tends to be the highlight of many vacations, and for good reason. With granite cliffs towering over 1,000 ft above and world class whitewater tumbling below, you’ll experience a one-of-a-kind Colorado Adventure on this epic stretch of river!

*This trip departs from our Royal Gorge Rafting Outpost and the minimum age is 14 years old.

Bighorn Sheep Canyon

Trips Starting From $52
Multiple Departure Times Daily
Trips Range From 3 to 6 Hours

This trip includes fun whitewater, beautiful scenery, and frequent visits from some pretty spectacular wildlife! A must for someone looking to get the most out of their Colorado Rafting Adventure.

*This trip departs from our Royal Gorge Rafting Outpost and the minimum age is 6 years old.

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As the only outfitter with two first-class riverside outposts we can show this river like no one else, and we’ve been doing it for nearly 30 years! Our expert guides are fun, professional, and highly skilled at what they do. All of our guides have a minimum of Basic First Aid and CPR while many of them have numerous advanced certifications such as Swift Water Rescue, Wilderness First Aid, and some are even EMTs and Paramedics. Regardless of the adventure that you choose to take you’ll see that we spare no expense when it comes to your comfort and safety, so come and see how a little adventure can go a long way!


With so much to do in Colorado, choosing the right adventure activities, and more importantly the right outfitter, for your family or group can be quite challenging. That’s why we branched out from from our roots on the river and created our Mountain Adventures and Adventure Packages so we could be your one stop shop for Colorado Adventures! Whether it’s Zip-Lining across rugged Canyons, Horseback riding along the Continental Divide, ATVing in the beautiful Colorado Backcountry, or more, we have something for everyone! For even more adventure fun, you can combine anyone of our Mountain Adventures with a Half Day of Rafting and lunch for the ultimate Adventure Package.

Preparing for the Trip

What To Wear & Bring

The key to enjoying an Arkansas River Rafting Adventure to the fullest is being properly prepared and dressed.  Here’s a list of things that we recommend to wear and bring:

  • Swimsuit
  • Quick-Drying Clothes (no cotton, no denim)
  • Sun Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Dry Clothes & Towel for after your trip
  • Water Shoes (No Flip Flops, Crocs or Bare-feet!)
  • Money for items such as:
    • Rental Gear
    • Photos
    • Souvenirs
    • Guide Gratuity

Optional Rental Gearwetsuits

Although most summer days include plenty of sunshine, you have to remember that this water is coming straight off the Rocky Mountains and can sometimes be a bit chilly. No need to worry as we have all of the gear that you could possibly want or need to make sure that you’re as comfortable as possible.

If you’re not sure what you’ll need, don’t worry. Come in the day of your trip and our friendly staff will give you an honest recommendation based upon water levels, air temperature, and weather forecasts. We have a 100% satisfaction guarantee so making sure you’re comfortable is our top priority.

  • Wetsuit –– Stretchy 2mm neoprene keeps your core warm without unnecessary bulk
  • Splash Jacket -– Urethane coated nylon jacket with neoprene neck and wrist gaskets to help with the splash
  • River Shoes –– Neoprene boots that keep your feet warm, comfortable, and well-protected

1 Rental Item = $5.00, 2 Rental Items = $10.00, Complete Rental Package = $12.00