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White Water Rafting

White water rafting in Colorado is an unforgettable adventure for families, thrill seekers, and groups of all sizes and experiences.  It’s sure to be the highlight of your Colorado vacation and something that you’ll want to experience again and again. Colorado white water rafting is one of the most popular summertime experiences that our beautiful state has to offer, and our experienced river guides and friendly office staff makes these trips truly unforgettable! 

  • From Mild to Wild Rafting options available!
  • Two first class river front outposts in Cañon City and Buena Vista.
  • Highly-skilled, exceptional staff waiting to take you to the river!

It doesn’t matter what type of river rafting excursion you’re looking for- from a mild and relaxing trip down our Family Float, a wildlife filled day trip on Bighorn Sheep Canyon, or even the ultimate thrill ride on the huge whitewater of the Royal Gorge- we offer the best white water rafting in Colorado and work tirelessly to ensure that your trip with us is the highlight of your travels.

5 Years Old (Trip Dependent)
Class I-IV (Trip Dependant)
Buena Vista & Cañon City

Browns Canyon

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

This is the most popular stretch of whitewater in the entire state!  It has everything!  From awe-inspiring Rocky Mountain views to classic Colorado whitewater, this trip will leave you soaking wet and grinning from ear to ear!

*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

With thousand foot granite cliffs on either side, the highest suspension bridge in the country above, and phenomenal Colorado Whitewater below this trip delivers from all angles!  Experience big drops, crashing waves, and other worldly scenery on this epic adventure!

*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

Being able to pack action, scenery, and wildlife into one adventure activity may seem like a tall order, but Bighorn Sheep Canyon delivers on all fronts!  With fun splashy rapids, beautiful mountain vistas, and frequent visits from our state mammal, the Rocky Mountain Bighorn, this trip will thrill the adventure seeker and nature lover in all of us!

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

Family Float

$45 Ages 5+
Departs: 11:00 am
Allow up to 1.5 Hours

If you’re just looking to get your toes wet and enjoy a peaceful float down Colorado’s most popular river then our Family Float is for you.  Experience all the beauty and none of the splash on our mildest rafting adventure.

*This trip departs from our Buena Vista Rafting Outpost and the minimum age is 5 years old.

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Why American Adventure Expeditions?arkansas_river-5

As the only Colorado white water rafting 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!  

Recommended Add-Ons Or Packages

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 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 a Whitewater Rafting Colorado 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
** All of these items are complimentary for groups of 10+