Rafting Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs white water rafting adventures depart from Cañon City, just about one hour from Colorado Springs as well as from Buena Vista, less than two hours from Colorado Springs. As one of Colorado’s most popular destinations, Colorado Springs is home to a plethora of attractions, adventures, and tours, and whitewater rafting is perhaps the favorite of them all!
- 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 get you on the water.
Without a doubt one of the top ten whitewater runs in the country, the Royal Gorge is the perfect trip for those looking to challenge themselves in some epic Class III/IV whitewater and experience some of the most awe-inspiring views in the state – period! The ultimate combination of whitewater thrills through rapids like Wall Slammer, Sunshine Falls, and Boat Eater, along with legendary views of 1,000’ granite walls on either side of you, this adventure will make you want to go ‘again and again’!
*This trip departs from our Cañon City Rafting Outpost and the minimum age is 14 years old.
Named for the numerous herds of Bighorn Sheep that inhabit this beautiful canyon, this section of river provides exciting rapids like Shark’s Tooth, Kamikaze, and Double Dip, and, of course lots of wildlife…all in one memorable trip. Perfect for first-timers and experienced rafters alike…the fun whitewater and magnificent scenery of Bighorn Sheep Canyon will not disappoint!
*This trip departs from our Cañon City Rafting Outpost and the minimum age is 6 years old.
Brown’s Canyon is exactly what you think of when you think of whitewater rafting in Colorado. This beautiful and remote canyon is literally the perfect backdrop to any Colorado adventure day – blue skies, gorgeous high-alpine setting and crisp, clear mountain water. This newly named pristine National Monument is also known for its incredibly fun and exciting rapids like Zoom Flume, The Seven Stairs, and Pinball. Rafting through Brown’s Canyon is the most popular rafting adventure in the state for good reason!
*This trip departs from our Buena Vista Rafting Outpost and the minimum age is 6 years old.
Ready to experience rafting but not interested in the ‘thrills’? Our family float trips are perfect for families with small children as well as anyone who wants to get their toes wet and enjoy some gorgeous Colorado scenery.
*This trip departs from our Buena Vista Rafting Outpost and the minimum age is 5 years old.
Recommended Add-ons or Packages
Your day trip from Colorado Springs wouldn’t be complete without trying your hand at some other adventures like horseback riding or ziplining. Also, try to make time to see the incredible Royal Gorge by train on the Royal Gorge Route Railroad or from one of the world’s highest suspension bridges at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park.
Directions to our Cañon City Rafting Outpost:
Rafting in Colorado springs is made easy with out Cañon City Rafting Outpost, located just 65 miles from the Springs area. Below you’ll find directions to us and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at any point:
41746 U.S. 50
Cañon City, CO 81212
Take I-25 South to exit 140. After exiting, continue to the 2nd stoplight, where you will make a right onto Nevada Ave. Nevada Ave. will turn into Highway 115. Continue on Highway 115 through Penrose until you reach Highway 50. Take a right onto Highway 50 West heading to Cañon City. Continue on Highway 50 through Cañon City and our office is approximately 10 miles west of town. We are located on the south side of the road where Highway 50 crosses the Arkansas River. (Approx. 60 miles)
Directions to our Buena Vista Rafting Outpost:
Have you already done white water rafting near Colorado Springs and want to change the venue this time around? You’re in luck – our Buena Vista Rafting Outpost is just about 90 miles from Colorado Springs. Below you’ll find directions to us and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at any point:
12844 Highway 24/285
Buena Vista, CO 81211
Take Highway 24 West out of Colorado Springs, following signs towards Buena Vista. Highway 24 will eventually meet up with Highway 285 South. Take a left at this junction towards Buena Vista. As you drop into the Arkansas River Valley on 285 (you’ll see the peaks!), we are immediately across the Arkansas River Bridge on the left. Look for our big AAE sign and large log entryways. (Approx. 90 miles)
Preparing for the Trip
What To Wear & Bring
The key to enjoying any of our Colorado Springs river rafting trips is being well prepared and properly attired. Here’s a list of things that we recommend to wear and bring:
- Quick-Drying Clothes (no cotton, no denim)
- Sun Hat
- Dry Clothes & Towel for after your trip
- Water Shoes (No Flip Flops, Crocs or Bare-feet!)
- Money for items such as:
- Rental Gear
- Guide Gratuity
Optional Rental Gear
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