Professional River Guide training - Zipline Guide training, Experienced Guide Employment & Office Staffing with Royal Gorge Rafting & Zipline tours.




A quick video chat interview will help us determine if we are a good fit for one another.

Royal Gorge Rafting & Zip Line Tours is accepting applications year-round and currently for our 2021 whitewater river guide & zip line guide training program. Prior experience is not required. WE HIRE BOTH EXPERIENCED AND NEW GUIDES. We anticipate every trainee applicant becoming a professional guide with Royal Gorge Rafting & Zip Line Tours. Whether you are a new guide or experienced guide – Fill out the online application below to get started. You may also call or text – 719 924 0594 with any questions you may have about guide training or future employment.

Colorado Raft Guide & Zip Line Guide Employment


  • RIVER GUIDES (new or experienced)
  • KAYAKERS (experienced)
  • ZIP LINE GUIDES (new or experienced)
  • and more… use the form below to apply for our various positions.



White Water Rafting Guide training will run from May 15th to June 5th 2021 – We can not guarantee you will pass guide training although we will give you all the necessary tools you need to succeed.

Zip Line Guides Training is held through multiple courses which typically begin in April. Dates are currently TBD for 2021


The cost of our training program (Rafting $500.00 + 5.25% AHRA Colorado State Parks fee. Total $526.25) (Zipping $300.00 + 10% Materials fee – total $330.00) – A 50% deposit will be required once accepted into the training program. The remaining balance is due at a minimum two weeks before training.

Guide trainees will need to be financially soluble throughout the (three week rafting training period). Guides and trainees typically camp for the summer or rent accommodations in Canon City.

After training all (raft guides will need to purchase the “tools of the trade” PFD, helmet, footwear, throw bag, whistle, river knife, and other everyday guide items). We offer wholesale rates on river gear so you will not be expected to arrive with the equipment you need to be a guide. (All equipment for training is provided during training: Wetsuits, river boots, pfd, etc.)


We have a high demand for professional guides! Becoming a guide has many perks full of unlimited adventurous opportunities. You will have the chance to learn to kayak, access world-class mountain biking, climbing, hiking, fishing, and much more.

We intend to fill our guide training program with the right participants, not just any… It is not uncommon to join a training program with other outfitters where you are put in a “survivor” position. We prefer to vet applicants before accepting you into our program. This way, we are not wasting our time and money – or yours. 

Once you are in our training program, we focus on positive reinforcement and constructive criticism, you are your only hurdle. Being a guide trainee with Royal Gorge Rafting & Zip Line Tours is an opportunity to become of a part of our fun, energetic team of professionals.


Guides with Royal Gorge Rafting & Zip Line Tours will need to meet the following requirements:

  • Applicants must be over 18 years of age.
  • Successfully pass our guide training program – (Raft program begins May 17th, 2021 – this course typically runs three weeks). (Zip program dates will be posted soon.)
  • Pass a checkout runs before becoming a guide.
  • Maintain a high fitness level to work outdoors in various weather and challenging scenarios. 
  • Possess current First Aid and CPR certifications. (Courses are held during or after training, but we encourage to have certifications in order.) We encourage our staff to seek higher levels of certifications such as OEC WFA or WFR & SRT
  • Commit to 2 full seasons of work which includes weekends and holidays. (Memorial Day Weekend thru Labor Day Weekend. Exceptions are made for students)
  • You will be expected to assist our team in maintaining the quality and cleanliness of our base locations, beaches, and associated gear.
  • You must adhere to Royal Gorge Rafting & Zip Line Tour’s guidelines and always treat colleagues and guests with the highest level of respect.


We only intend to employ the best! You must possess outstanding “people” skills, and a respectful sense of humor, the ability to read social cues and adapt to your guests’ demeanor. You will need to easily connect with a variety of personalities and welcome our guests for who they are. You will need to be genuine

You will need to anticipate, troubleshoot, and resolve challenging situations and embrace adventure in all its capacities. You will need to stay energized and deliver exceptional service. You will need to be a flexible, motivated team player tackling a myriad of tasks through the potential of long days. 

You must embrace the lifestyle of being a guide with its challenges and corresponding rewards. We are seeking applicants that have a passion and respect for the outdoors and for those that approach life professionally whether the challenge is large or small. (If you do not feel you fit the model description – be realistic with yourself as to whether a job with Royal Gorge Rafting & Zip Line Tours is a good fit for you.)


Our pay rates are above industry averages and our senior staff have the opportunity to be paid at the highest indutry rates.

Our pay rate is the best in the industry. New Guide pay is on a per trip basis at a salaried (rate of $40.00 per trip – rafting – Experienced guides can earn up to $75.00 per trip). You can potentially run (two trips – rafting) in a day when we are busy. Most outfitters mention seasons gross for first-year guides of $2000.00 before gratuities typically based on a starting trip pay of $25.00 per trip. Our guides exceed the average in all capacities.

A guide’s job is a phenomenal experience and will be the job of a lifetime if you are up for the challenge!


Royal Gorge Rafting has always hired exceptional river guides which has set us apart. Our guides in the past have come from all avenues.

We have employed college professors, teachers, lawyers, medics, pilots, authors, students and of course year round river guides with many exceeding 20+ years in the industry. It is because of our varied and unique staff that we have grown to be one of the most revered companies on the Arkansas River. In addition, we have always employed support kayakers to round out the Royal Gorge Rafting team. We invite you to inquire about joining our team of professional river guides, kayakers and representatives!


Never resting on our accomplishments. We provide the best service in Colorado for White Water Rafting & Zip Line Tours and our feedback from our guests is second to none!

Royal Gorge Rafting began running river trips in 2004 and since that time we have become the most popular choice for rafting the Royal Gorge and Ziplining in the Royal Gorge Region. Colorado’s #1 rated! With that, we always keep our focus on quality over quantity and making sure our guests remain our #1 priority in everything we do. From their overall safety to our goal of exceeding their expectations. We know that in order to get this right we need to have the best staff we can employ on and off the river.


Were you trained in another State or Country other than Colorado?

If so download and fill out this form: Out of State Guide Form and email it to james@royalgorgerafting.net

We will also need:

Your current river logs including training logs.

Current First Aid & CPR.

Any additional Certifications you have obtained.