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Colorado Springs Whitewater Rafting

If you’re on the search for renowned whitewater rafting in Colorado Springs, American Adventure Expeditions is the right company for you. The region has trusted our guides for years to provide rafting groups of all experience levels with a safe and fun time on the river.

  • Family-friendly rafting and advanced rafting options available
  • First-class facilities and equipment for your safety and enjoyment
  • Home to the most popular stretch of white water rafting in Colorado, Browns Canyon!

Whether you’re after a heart-pounding plummet through raging waters or a beautiful float on the peaceful parts of the stream, we can cater your trip to your preferences so that you enjoy it to the fullest. We’re located in Buena Vista, Colorado, and our peak season for white water rafting tours run from April to September.



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Make Unforgettable Memories With Us

At American Adventure Expeditions, we’re here to help you make the most of your whitewater rafting adventure in Colorado Springs. Our highly trained and extremely hospitable staff are ready to get you on the water and give you an unforgettable experience!

There are plenty of whitewater rafting guides in Colorado Springs, but American Adventure Expeditions is the best choice. We accompany guests on some of the most exciting adventures that Colorado Springs has to offer, and we’re especially attuned to the needs of guests. Our staff emphasizes your safety and enjoyment as our top priorities, and we only employ the very best equipment and guides for your expedition.

We don’t just offer whitewater rafting tours — we offer an experience. Get ready for the ultimate weekend getaway that your family will happily look back on for many years to come.

Why Whitewater Rafting in Colorado Springs?

As one of Colorado’s most popular outdoor destinations, Colorado Springs is home to a plethora of all-season attractions, adventures, and tours, and whitewater rafting is perhaps the favorite of them all! When the snow melts away and the skiing season comes to an end, rafters break out their paddles and make a splash in the plentiful and refreshing snow runoff. Get ready for a wild and wet summer!

Not many towns can offer fun inner-city attractions with such close proximity to world-class whitewater rafting, but Colorado Springs can. The city’s adjacency to the state’s top whitewater destination (just 90 miles to Buena Vista, CO) makes rafting a must-experience adventure on all Colorado Springs vacations. Colorado Springs is centrally located near the Arkansas River — home of the Royal Gorge!

Get away from the city for a while and enjoy the grand outdoors in all its splendor from your raft on the Arkansas.

World-Class Rafting Attractions

Browns Canyon

One of the top rafting adventures near Colorado Springs is the Browns Canyon segment of the Arkansas River. Browns Canyon became a national monument in 2015 because of its intriguing rock formations, gigantic granite cliffs, vibrant wildflowers, and highly varied elevation. It’s also home to several protected wildlife species, such as bighorn sheep, mule deer, and elk. Your rafting tour guide will provide you with sufficient background on the area’s unique history, geology, and indigenous species as you go.

The Browns Canyon section of the river is the most popular in the whole country due to its incredible scenery and varied areas of difficulty. It’s thrilling enough for those seeking a challenge and relaxing enough for those rafting for the very first time. Rafters love that this rocky canyon provides plenty of recovery time between rapids to prepare for the next one.

We offer a guided excursion through its perfectly varied waters with thrilling zigzags and peaceful moments mixed in between. Tackle the Big Drop, Zoom Flume, the Pinball, the Widowmaker, Seidel’s Suck Hole, and the Toilet Bowl with help from our experienced guides! You’ll enjoy taking in the amazing 14,000-foot snow-capped Rocky Mountain landscape along the way.

American Adventure Expeditions provides a variety of Browns Canyon rafting packages with supplementary activities, including zip lining, mountain biking, horseback riding, ATV off-roading, and swimming in popular hot springs. Browns Canyon is also an outdoorsman’s heaven with prime mountain biking trails, five-star fishing areas, scenic hiking trails, and much more.

Rafting for All Skill Levels

Colorado Springs is the place to be for whitewater rafting. The local rapids are a perfect thrill for the whole family! If you’re not up to raging rapids, you can also enjoy a smooth float with your little ones and admire the nearby wildlife and gorgeous stretches of canyon.


Family-friendly trips and floats

American Adventure Expeditions offers guided white water day trips for the whole family. Families can unwind while enjoying the high alpine vistas on a float down the Arkansas River. Those who are looking for a more exhilarating experience can sign up for a white water rafting day trip with our skilled guides. Our seasoned crew will ensure every member of the family has a fun and safe trip. They take care of everything so you and your family can sit back and have fun together. With our first-rate facilities and equipment at our riverfront outpost, we ensure you feel both comfortable and secure during your entire trip.

Our friendly guides love providing a unique experience for everyone in their boat. It is sure to be a trip that every member of the family will remember. Experience the incredible scenery along the Arkansas River by traveling down it with your family. We offer rafting and floating adventures for kids aged 5 and up.

White water trips for thrill-seekers

Get your heart pounding on our high adventure trips. For those chasing white water, we have the perfect trips for you. We will tackle some of the most challenging white water rapids in Colorado on the Arkansas River. The river rushes between narrow corridors before dropping into technical, rocky rapids. Guides navigate crews as they experience non-stop white water. There is no better place in Colorado to get your white water fix.

American Adventure Expeditions provides visitors with top of the line facilities and equipment so you can feel safe and comfortable as you paddle down the river. At our riverfront outpost in Buena Vista, we will teach you the lingo and the techniques for tackling massive rapids. Our seasoned crew of guides is ready to take you on the experience of a lifetime. Grab some friends and schedule your day trip today.

Non-Rafting Attractions

Colorado Springs has something in store for all types of people to enjoy. The city is known for all kinds of outdoor adventures as well as an interesting and spirited culture, fascinating history, and rich entertainment and arts.

If whitewater rafting isn’t your scene, the city has so much more to offer than just river expeditions. Visit some of its famous historical attractions and experience the West in all its glory. The area is also famous for horseback riding, so saddle up and see Colorado atop a gorgeous steed! Some other nearby attractions include:

  • Old Colorado City
  • Colorado Springs Fine Art Center
  • Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
  • McAlister House Museum
  • Spencer Penrose Heritage Museum
  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
  • Garden of the Gods Park and visitor’s center
  • Historic City of Cripple Creek
  • The Broadmoor Seven Falls
  • The Ghost Town Museum
  • Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine
  • Puebloan Manitou Cliff Dwellings
  • Cave of the Winds
  • Pikes Peak Cog Railway
  • Manitou Springs

Want to go off the beaten trail? Get lost in the scenic Silver Cliff and Westcliff. This quiet stretch houses hiking trails that span 200 miles and 54 stunning and secluded lakes.

What to Know Before Whitewater Rafting in Colorado Springs

We suggest that first-time rafters start with small expeditions and work their way up to more intense rapids. If you’re unfamiliar with river classifications; easy waters are Class I. Wider channels with some rapids are considered Class II. Areas of the river with challenging obstacles and narrow channels are counted as Class III. Class IV waters are fast and intense channels while Class V rapids are very dangerous and should only be navigated by professional rafters with years of experience. They include rough, consistent rapids with steep chutes and large obstacles. Class VI waters are not to be attempted by rafters of any skill level.

Make sure you book a trip that matches your level of comfort and experience. Be honest with yourself and your guide about your physical limitations to make sure you choose the safest option for you and your group.

If it’s your first time rafting in Colorado Springs, you might wait until the latter half of the summer for the snowmelt to calm down. If you visit during peak runoff in the earlier season, come with a wetsuit, as the water will be much colder and more turbulent than it is later on in the summer.

Learn More About Our Colorado Springs

Endless and affordable fun is just a phone call away. The staff at American Adventure Expeditions is standing by to answer your questions and help you make arrangements for your upcoming trip. Whether it’s your first, fifth, or tenth time enjoying river rafting in Colorado Springs, we’re here to help you determine the best way for your group to spend it. Give us a call and book today!