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Whitewater Rafting Trips

Everybody has different levels of adventure. Find the Colorado Springs whitewater rafting trip that works best for you and your group.
World Class Whitewater Rafting

Royal Gorge Rafting Trip

Recommended For:
If you are an experienced rafter or a first timer looking for a more challenging, exciting, and demanding stretch of whitewater, we recommend you book the Royal Gorge rafting trip. This is our most popular trip, about 80% of our guests rafting this stretch of river.
Ages: 13+ (16+ at high water Late May/Early June)
Duration: 3 hours half day trip | 6 hours full day trip
Season: April - September
Rapids: Class III, IV, (V at high water)
Fitness: Swimming ability and healthy fitness level is always recommended
Experience: No rafting experience required
Intensity: Challenging
Gear: River gear free of charge!
Check In: 8am, 9am, 12:30pm & 1:30pm
Starting At 
$99
 / person
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All Ages Whitewater Rafting

Bighorn Sheep Canyon Rafting

Recommended For:
You are a first time rafter or experienced and not looking for the most challenging rapids for you or your group, we recommend this mostly class III whitewater rapids. Fun for your group no matter your age or experience.
Ages: 6+ (8+ at high water)
Duration: 3 hours half day Trip | 6 hours full day trip
Season: April - September
Rapids: Class II, III, (IV at high water)
Fitness: A healthy fitness level is always recommended
Experience: No rafting experience required
Intensity: More Moderate
Gear: River gear free of charge!
Check In: 8am & 12:30pm
Starting At 
$89
 / person
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Unsurpassed Safety

You can let it all out when you know you've got professional guides and safety support. We use the top industry gear, constantly maintained and cared for.

One Location. 100% Fun.

Welcome to the Adventure Hub, the premier location on the river to put in & take out, so you spend more time in the water. Our activities, lodging, & restaurant are nearby.

The Most Inclusive Pricing

We’ve got you covered. All river gear is free of charge. We never charge extra for what you really need.

Book A Package & Save!

Save time and money with our top-rated, seamless rafting & zipline packages operated from our one location—the Adventure Hub. Spend your time immersed in adventure, not between destinations.
Family Friendly for All Levels

Bighorn Rafting Trip & 9-Line Classic Zipline Tour

Starting at $179 / person
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Fun for all with more adventure

Royal Gorge Rafting Trip & 9-Line Classic Zipline Tour

Starting at $189 / person
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All-out-adventure

Royal Gorge Rafting Trip & 11-Line Extreme Zipline Tour

Starting at $229 / person
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FAQs

Is experience required?

No, the majority of people who go rafting in Colorado are first time rafters. Prior to every trip,  you are given a thorough river orientation to inform you of the possible hazards encountered white water rafting.

 

Before your trip, each guide will go over paddle instructions for you so you know exactly what needs to be done to maneuver your raft down river. It is natural to be apprehensive about whitewater rafting in Colorado but once you experience the thrill, it will become an addictive and unforgettable experience! Statistically, there are more people injured en route to a rafting outfitters office than there are river rafting.

Is river gear included?

Royal Gorge Rafting offers free use of all river gear including wet-suits, booties, and splash tops. Although not all companies offer free gear use, we feel as though it is an essential option for both your safety and comfort. Not only is the gear free, it is all top of the line!

Which trip should we choose?

All Ages Bighorn Sheep Canyon Trip (Easiest)
If it's your first time rafting or you are experienced and you are not looking for the most challenging rapids, we recommend our Bighorn Sheep Canyon trip which consists mostly of class III whitewater rapids.

 

Royal Gorge Trip (More Challenging)
If you are an experienced rafter or it is your first time rafting and you are looking for a more challenging, exciting, and demanding stretch of whitewater, we recommend you run the Royal Gorge. This is our most popular stretch of river with about 80% of our clientele and is our expertise!

 

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Do I have to know how to swim?

Swimming is recommended but is not a necessary requirement. You should know that there is always a chance that a participant could fall out of their raft. For this reason, we ask that you inform us while making your reservation if you are a non-swimmer. During high water levels through the Royal Gorge it is recommended that you have swimming experience to be able to aid in your own rescue should you come out of your raft unexpectedly. Of course, you will be provided with a licensed professional guide who will inform you of trip safety, and life jacket and equipment.

You can read more about our rafting safety here.

What if I am pregnant?

If you are pregnant, you will not be permitted to go rafting. Consider that you won’t always be pregnant, but the river will always be here. We do not think it is worth the chance of risking it, no matter how early you are in your pregnancy. We think moms are special – we know you agree and appreciate your cooperation!

Should I tip my guide?

Our guides aim to individualize each trip specific to the group to ensure you come away with a first rate experience. If you feel your guide has provided you with professional service,  then a tip is a great way to express your appreciation.

Can we request a guide?

Yes, you can definitely request a guide. Just give us a call and let us know. If you book online, please call us to add your guide request to your reservation. We can never guarantee that your guide will be available but we will do our best.

When is the best time to go rafting?

Our trips run from early April to mid-September and we consider these months to be the best. Typically April and early May water levels are lower and begin to rise into the middle of May.

What should I wear white water rafting in Colorado?

Wear clothing that is similar for a day at the beach. Acceptable options include: 

For White Water Rafting:

  • Quick Drying Shorts
  • Board Shorts
  • Bathing Suit
  • Secure footwear (No Crocs or flip-flops please.)
  • Synthetic or Polyester t-shirt

 

We strongly recommend you do not wear cotton clothing on your river trip (denim jeans, cotton t-shirts, hoodies, etc.). This is due to the fact that cotton becomes extremely heavy and loses its ability to keep you warm when wet.

What should I bring white water rafting?

Optional items to bring with you include:

  • Water Bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses (we recommend a retaining strap
  • Hat
  • Light weight fleece jacket (if the forecast calls for colder weather)
What is your kayak support program?

Our kayak support program is our safety and care program, and the only one of its kind in the region. A kayak team supports all our rafts to ensure you get safely back in your raft if you are separated from your raft, or to assist with retrieving lost paddles. Additionally our kayak team take the best action photos of your rafting trip in the rapids as well as scenic and candid photos that capture your entire adventure. Our kayakers also assist with serving our famous lunch from our riverside basecamp after our Royal Gorge Rafting trips.

 

You can find out more about this team on our kayak support/safety page.

Are there Royal Gorge Rafting discounts & coupons?

No coupons needed! Get the best deals with our full day adventure packages.

 

You can find our package details here!

What makes your photo program the best?

We are the only company to offer in house photo services. Our kayak photographers shoot your entire trip through the Royal Gorge and via shuttle on the Bighorn Sheep Canyon. This allows us to shoot your entire day’s adventure! Often you will leave with hundreds of photos at a rate that beats the other companies 6 or so photos from one location. This is a very customized service that you will find nowhere else rafting or zip lining in Colorado. After each trip an entertaining slide show of your experience is presented to you.

You can view and purchase your photos online for up to two years after your photos here.

How are rapids classified?

Class I – Slow, flat, moving water with few obstacles.

 

Class II – Small waves and usually avoidable obstacles.

 

Class III – Swift moving current with large irregular waves, white water obstructions and rocks that need to be maneuvered around and may not be easily missed.

 

Class IV – Swift water with large waves and whitewater “holes” that may be unavoidable.

 

Class V – Swift continuous water with large irregular waves and holes, unavoidable drops and waves that require complex maneuvering.

Class VI – These runs have almost never been attempted and often exemplify the extremes of difficulty, unpredictably and danger, for teams of experts only, at favorable water levels. After a class VI rapids have been run many times, it’s rating may be changed to a class 5+ rating.

 

Although each rapid is classified by the ease of passage you should know that the hazards are the same in any river with moving water. An easier class only specifies the ease of passage regard to the lesser likelihood of incidents occurring.

 

The higher classification of rapid doesn’t correlate to the level of fun, it relates to greater challenges and greater likelihood of potential risks involved occurring.

Do we raft if it's raining?

We run every trip rain or shine. In the rare occurrence that the weather becomes too extreme, we reserve the right to alter or cancel trips with your safety in mind. After all, you are going to get wet regardless if it rains or not.

Are there taxes or fees on your trips?

Yes, we are required to charge both land use access fees and Colorado State parks fees as a rafting company within the state park known as the Arkansas Headwater Recreation Area. All fees are added to the price of the trip and are not exempt. Taxes are levied on vacation rentals, retail sales items, photo purchases, or food items at our restaurant.

Do you sell gift certificates?

YES! Sharing an experience is the absolute best gift you can give.

You can find out all the details on the gift certificates page here.

What are the cancellation policies?

We get it. Plans change and life happens. We've created a Worry Free Cancellation Plan so you can get your money back or experience a raft trip on another date.

 

You can review our worry free cancellation and our standard cancellation policies on the rafting policies page.

Our Guests Are Stoked About Our Rafting Trips

Wow just wow! My five girlfriends and I came here from California for the full experience. We stayed in beautiful yurts on the water, white water river rafted, had lunch, and finished with extreme zip lining. The entire trip was magical. It was the staff that really made everything memorable. MATEO (TEO) was a legend. He was fun, experienced, knowledgeable, safe, and one of a kind. I would not go white river rafting again without him as our guide
Paris
Amazing experience! I’m so happy we went there. We first had a full day trip, that was So much fun that we sign in again two days later for the class IV half day and was incredible too! Our guide Toto is super professional and made the trip a very exiting journey. Would totally come back!
Daniela
Critter was the best guide! He was very knowledgeable and funny but honest in a way that’s a lost art. Red gave great instructions on the bus and made the ride pretty enjoyable. I want to come back next year and hopefully get Critter again because he made the trip worth every penny. Thank you!
Cody
This was awesome! We've rafted before but this experience was incredible. Our river guide, Lindsey, was the best! She made it safe, exciting, and fun for all of us and our 11 year old completely loved it! Then on to the Zipline, the 9 line classic course was awesome as well with a ton of long, fast, runs! Our guides there, Sarah and Tangles, were great and kept everyone safe and entertained the entire time. We will definitely come here again the next time we vacation in the area!
Michael
Seamless all day adventure" is an accurate description of the half day each zip lining and rafting for our little family. All hosts and servers were friendly and helpful and our guides were over the top attentive, understanding, and capable. When one shows up for an event like this with a six-year-old, you never know what to expect, and neither do the guides, but they adapted to show our little one some really safe high adventure with a thrill level that matched his capabilities
Charles
Overall experience was wild and unforgettable! Ryan was an amazing guide and had many facts about the history of the gorge to keep us entertained between rapids. There was never a dull moment! Ryan suggested the green chili cheese fries at the White Water Bar and Grill and they didn't disappoint! Would 100% book this trip again!
Riley
From beginning to end our day was A BLAST! Booked the Big Horn rafting and classic zip line tour. Family of 5 with our kiddos ranging from 19 to 9. Drew was our rafting guide! HE WAS AMAZING! So much fun! He was so patient with our 9 yr old and still managed to make our teens feel like they too, were on an exciting adventure! Seriously, SO MUCH FUN! Lunch was great and then on to zip lining with Pete and Hannah. Made our entire family SO COMFORTABLE! So much fun to be around! Couldn’t have asked for a better day. Family memories we will cherish forever! Thank you!!
Angie
Lindsey gave us an incredible and unforgettable experience on the river!!!. She was an awesome guide and it was a legit challenge. Props to the WHOLE team and the RGR operation. So much fun with our family and we want to come back with ALL of our friends.
Susan
This was one of those incredible experiences that you remember forever and my whole family got to experience it together.
Ronnie
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