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Royal Gorge Rafting trips in Cañon City, Colorado
Raft under the Royal Gorge Bridge on the Arkansas River
Royal Gorge Rafting trips in Cañon City are the best way to see the Royal Gorge Bridge. The rapids on this section of the Arkansas River are big and challenging, but spaced just enough for you to enjoy the Royal Gorge Bridge above and the towering canyon walls around you. All Royal Gorge rafting trips take you through legendary rapids like Sunshine Falls, Sledge Hammer and Boat Eater. The Royal Gorge full day is like two rafting trips in one. Raft Bighorn Sheep Canyon in the morning, stop for lunch, and paddle the Royal Gorge in the afternoon. You may also like rafting The Numbers in Buena Vista, Colorado.
Paddle Boat or Oar Boat
Paddle and be part of the action or request an oar boat and enjoy the ride.
Group Rafting Discounts
Royal Gorge Rafting Trips on the Arkansas River
Available May – Labor Day
Full Day Royal Gorge Rafting Trips
The Royal Gorge is the most popular advanced river rafting trip in Colorado. Challenge some of the state’s best whitewater on a Royal Gorge rafting trip just one hour from Colorado Springs. Paddle nearly 1,000 feet below the highest suspension bridge in North America and learn about the spectacular geology and intriguing human history of the Royal Gorge. River Runners’ professional whitewater rafting guides can teach you how to raft this challenging section of the Arkansas River in one day, but you should have an adventurous spirit and be in good physical condition. Whitewater rafting with River Runners through the Royal Gorge on the Arkansas River is a must-do on any Colorado vacation. Royal Gorge full day trips are 17 miles in length and include a catered riverside lunch. Please arrive 45 minutes prior to your scheduled launch time and allow 5-6 hours round trip.
Half Day Royal Gorge Rafting Trips
Paddle nearly 1,000 feet below the highest suspension bridge in North America and experience one of Colorado’s classic whitewater runs on a Royal Gorge half day rafting trip with River Runners. Choose from morning or afternoon launch times and experience more than 10 miles of spectacular Colorado whitewater. Your river guide will entertain you and teach you about the surrounding Colorado wildlife, geology and unique history of the railroad that follows the Arkansas River. Whitewater experience is not required, but you should know how to swim and be in good physical condition. Royal Gorge half day trips are 10 miles in length – lunch is not included. Please arrive 45 minutes prior to your scheduled launch time and allow 2-3 hours round trip.
CLASS IV – V RAFTING TRIP
Know before you book
Participants should be at least 14 years old for this advanced rafting trip during July/August. 16 years old for trips May-June. Age requirements vary depending on the flow of the Arkansas River. Age requirements vary depending on the flow of the Arkansas River.
Walk-ins are welcome, but advanced rafting reservations are the only way to insure that you get to go rafting – especially during peak season (July -August).
We reserve the right to alter your route based on extreme water flows and other potential safety concerns.
Participants should be able to swim and be in good physical condition. All whitewater rafting trips are fully guided.
Risk is involved with all whitewater rafting trips You and everyone in your party must be willing to accept that risk. All participants must read and sign a waiver – minors under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian read and sign a waiver on their behalf.
Plan to arrive at our Canon City, Colorado location at least 45 minutes prior to your scheduled departure. This will allow time for your group to finish paperwork and check out rafting equipment.
What to Wear Rafting in Colorado
Please arrive at least 45 minutes prior to your rafting trip departure time
You should wear synthetic fabric clothing (avoid cotton), sandals that strap around your foot or an old pair of tennis shoes, a hat, a strap for your eye glasses or sun glasses (available for purchase), quick dry swimsuits or board shorts.
Wetsuits, splash tops and booties are available for rent at River Runners.
Apply plenty of sunscreen and reapply throughout the day.
Guides, rafts, PFDs, helmets and paddles are included.
Royal Gorge Raft & Rail Package
Explore the best of Colorado. Raft the Royal Gorge section in the morning with advanced level class IV-V rapids 1,000 feet below the Royal Gorge Bridge.
Dry off after rafting on a three hour historic rail adventure with Royal Gorge Route Railroad, offering more great scenery and views of the Royal Gorge.
Full Day Royal Gorge Rafting Trip & Dinner Train
Enjoy a full day of rafting on the Arkansas River in the challenging Royal Gorge section, suitable for kids 14-16 years depending on water flows.
After your rafting trip, head downtown to Canon City and embark on the Royal Gorge Route Railroad Dinner Train. Enjoy a three course meal as you meander through this deep canyon with spectacular views of the Royal Gorge and the Arkansas River.
Visit the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park on your Colorado family vacation
Royal Gorge Bridge & Park
4218 County Road 3a,
Canon City, Colorado 81212
Raft under the Royal Gorge Bridge in Canon City, Colorado
Join the 310,000 annual visitors to the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park in making it Colorado’s most popular tourist attraction. One admission price covers 21 rides, shows and attractions – this includes going across North America’s highest suspension bridge, riding one of the world’s highest single-span trams, and going to the bottom of the Royal Gorge on one of the world’s steepest incline railways. Also experience the Royal Rush Sky Coaster, Trail Rides and Jeep Tours, which are available for additional admissions within the park. Other popular activities found in the Royal Gorge Region of Colorado include white water rafting the Royal Gorge and other stretches of the Arkansas River, taking an excursion train through the gorge with the Royal Gorge Route Rail Road and flying through the depths of the gorge on a helicopter tour. Call today to find your Colorado experience at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park in Cañon City, Colorado.
A brief history of the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
The Royal Gorge of the Arkansas River has been a popular attraction in Colorado dating back to the late 1870’s. The first tourist train passed through the canyon on May 7, 1879 after many years of court battles – known as the Railroad Wars – between the Denver & Rio Grande and the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe railroads. In 1929 Cañon City authorized the construction of the Royal Gorge Bridge, which held the distinction of highest suspension bridge in the world until 2003. Today, the bridge is the centerpiece of the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park where you can experience everything Colorado has to offer in one place.
Quick Facts about the Royal Gorge Bridge
The Royal Gorge Bridge was constructed in 1929 by the Royal Gorge Amusement Company at a cost of $350,000 (today it would cost more than $18 million).
The Royal Gorge Bridge is 18 feet wide and 1,260 feet long, and 956 feet high (long reported as 1,053 feet)
The Royal Gorge Bridge held the record as world’s highest suspension bridge from 1929 until 2003 when it was surpassed by the Beipanjiang River Bridge in China.
The floor of the Royal Gorge Bridge is made from 1,000 tons of steel and 1,300 wood planks.
The Royal Gorge Bridge is suspended by two 200-ton cables (each cable has 2100 strands of number nine galvanized wire).
Group accommodations and special rates at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park offers group accommodations and special rates for groups of 15 or more – so if you have a corporate retreat, educational event, wedding or reunion – be sure to contact the park’s group sales team for friendly service and custom packages. Your group is sure to love the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park as they can get the full Colorado experience in one place with rugged camping, nature hikes, white water rafting, amusement rides, live entertainment and much more.
Bighorn Mountain Lodge at the Royal Gorge – Nothing short of spectacular
In addition to the numerous hotels in Cañon City and primitive campsites scattered throughout the Royal Gorge area, visitors can stay at the rustically luxurious Bighorn Mountaintop Lodge on the north rim of the Royal Gorge. This unique lodge is just a short walk from the park’s main gates and the rates are actually affordable. The Lodge features three bedrooms, a modern kitchen and a large great room.
Things to do at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park offers many family friendly rides, shows and attractions, but the fun goes way beyond the park boundaries. From white water rafting trips and train rides through the Royal Gorge to jeep tours and nature hikes on its rim – you are sure to find plenty of things to do in the Royal Gorge Region of Colorado.
Rides and attractions at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
Royal Gorge Bridge
Royal Rush Sky Coaster (additional fee)
Burro Rides (additional fee)
Jeep Tours (additional fee)
Mountain Man Encampment
View of Arkansas River from the Royal Gorge Bridge
View of the Royal Gorge Bridge from Below
Wapiti Western Wildlife Refuge
Shows and events at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
Shopping at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
Dining at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
Places to Eat at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park
River Runners Royal Gorge Rafting Center Amenities
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- Shaded picnic areas
- Free restrooms
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- Rafting wetsuits
- Rafting booties
- Rafting splash tops
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River Runners Royal Gorge Rafting Center
44641 US Hwy 50 Canon City, Colorado 81212
Rafting trips available daily: May – September
CALL: 719-275-2291 or 800-723-8987
Canon City, Colorado Driving Directions: Located just 1 hour from Colorado Springs & 2.5 hours from Denver, Colorado.
WHY RAFT THE ROYAL GORGE
With RIVER RUNNERS
Raft with a whitewater professional:
River Runners guides are the most experienced in the industry. You will be provided the best gear and instruction available.
A unique Colorado rafting experience:
This rafting trip is why you came to Colorado. Scenery, adventure, history and wildlife – it has it all.
A wild team-building exercise:
Whether you are rafting with family, friends or co-workers you must work together as a team to navigate the Royal Gorge.
Extremely fun & educational:
Learn about the local railroad history, epic engineering, Colorado wildlife and spectacular geology of the Royal Gorge.