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Arkansas River Tours

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Canon City, CO, USA
About Arkansas River Tours
Arkansas River Tours has connected more than 250,000 guests to the river since 1973! We have been committed to providing the safest, highest-quality river trips available. We offer 2 convenient locations near Salida, Colorado in Cotopaxi, and in Canon City, Colorado. We have a strong background in experiential education which transfers into the personable trips we offer. Arkansas River Tours is a leader in many aspects of the rafting industry in Colorado. Our Whitewater rafting and guided float fishing on the Arkansas River near the Royal Gorge, Canon City, Cotopaxi, Salida and Colorado Springs are sure to give you a memorable adventure.
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Intermediate Bighorn Sheep Canyon Whitewater Rafting Trip

See what makes Bighorn Sheep Canyon one of the most popular rafting locations near the Royal Gorge on a half-day whitewater adventure that’s suitable for both novices and experienced rafters. Soak up views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains and pristine Colorado scenery in between tackling class II-IV rapids. At just a half day, it's an easy way to fit in a favorite Rocky Mountains outdoor activity.
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3 to 4 hours
from $80.50

Advanced Royal Gorge Whitewater Rafting Trip

Take advantage of the rapids of the Royal Gorge on Colorado’s River Arkansas to hone your rafting on this advanced half-day adventure. Designed for experienced rafters and adventurers in good physical shape, the rafting expedition lets you brave waves, steep technical drops, and near-continuous Class IV-V white water rapids, with equipment—excluding wetsuits and wetsuit boots—provided for convenience. Prebook to guarantee your preferred time slot on your ideal date.
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3 to 4 hours
from $97.00

Half Day Float Fishing on the Arkansas River

A Half Day Float on the Arkansas is the quick ride to a lot of action! On the Arkansas River, your guide will be a combination of a fly fishing guide and a whitewater master. A Fly Fishing float trip on the Arkansas is very fast paced, it will be non-stop casting and non-stop action from the time you step in the boat! The half day float trip will test your casting ability, however it is typically the perfect duration for most anglers. We operate Morning, Afternoon and Evening launches specific to season (inquire for more details).
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4 hours
from $370.00
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mldaniel1968 wrote a review Yesterday
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Wonderful experience starting with booking online. We LOVED that we could fill the waivers out online before we arrived making the check-in process smooth and quick. Our trip on the Arkansas was INCREDIBLE. We loved our raft guide, Nate. He was enjoyable, funny and great to
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Date of experience: July 2020
Anna M wrote a review Jul 5
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My husband and I both really enjoyed white water rafting with Arkansas River Tours. Our guide Calvin was great!! We can’t wait to come back and do the advanced version.
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Date of experience: July 2020
alaskafish wrote a review Jul 5
San Antonio, Texas38 contributions19 helpful votes
We selected this group because they were willing to provide a private rafting experience for our group of 3, including private transport to the river from their headquarters in Cotopaxi. When we arrived, there was a bit of confusion, despite the fact that we had made
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Date of experience: June 2020
Fearless587703 wrote a review Jul 5
Carthage, Missouri18 contributions
This is a small business but their hospitality is huge! They were safety conscious and were very COVID-19 aware. All equip is double dipped in chemicals after use and masks are required out of water. The route of the trip is truly gorgeous and our guide, Cat, was so much
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Date of experience: July 2020
karil577 wrote a review Jul 4
Minneapolis, Minnesota2 contributions
Operators are great and knowledgeable! I would recommend if you have no experience to do the intermediate rafting before doing the advanced valley gorge run!
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Date of experience: July 2020