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Royal Gorge Rafting trips in Cañon City, Colorado

Raft under the Royal Gorge Bridge

The best way to see the Royal Gorge Bridge is on a whitewater rafting trip down the Arkansas River. Challenge legendary rapids like Sunshine Falls, Sledge Hammer and Boat Eater on both half day and full day Royal Gorge rafting trips. On a full day you get to raft Bighorn Sheep Canyon in the morning, stop for lunch, and paddle the Royal Gorge in the afternoon.

 

Paddle Boat or Oar Boat

Paddle and be part of the action or request an oar boat and enjoy the ride.

 

Raft under the Royal Gorge Bridge in Canon City, Colorado

Raft under the Royal Gorge Bridge in Canon City, Colorado

 

Full Day Royal Gorge Rafting Trips

 

Royal Gorge Full Day Rafting Trip Canon City, Colorado

Full Day Royal Gorge Rafting Trips in Canon City, Colorado

 

DETAILS:

  • Advanced Class IV-V
  • 6 Hours Round Trip
  • Minimum age is 14-16 years
  • Includes Hearty Riverside Lunch
  • Walk-Ins Welcome
  • Advanced Reservations Recommended
  • Departs Daily from Canon City, Colorado
  • May – Labor Day

Challenge some of the state’s best whitewater on a Royal Gorge rafting trip just one hour from Colorado Springs. Paddle 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. Royal Gorge full day trips are 17 miles and include a catered riverside lunch. Please arrive 45 minutes prior to your scheduled launch time and allow six hours round trip.

 

BOOK ONLINE

Adult: $125.00

Call: 800-723-8987

 

Half Day Royal Gorge Rafting Trips

 

Royal Gorge Half Day Rafting Trip Canon City, Colorado

Half Day Royal Gorge Rafting Trips in Canon City, Colorado

 

DETAILS:

  • Advanced Class IV-V
  • 5-6 Hours Round Trip
  • Minimum age is 14-16 years
  • Lunch Not Included
  • Walk-Ins Welcome
  • Advanced Reservations Recommended
  • Departs Daily from Canon City, Colorado
  • May – Labor Day

The Royal Gorge half day rafting trip departs at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm daily during spring and summer. Paddle nearly 1,000 feet below the highest suspension bridge in North America and experience one of Colorado’s classic whitewater runs. Your river guide will tell you about the surrounding Colorado wildlife, geology and unique history of the area. 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 three hours round trip.

 

BOOK ONLINE

Adult: $75.00

Call: 800-723-8987

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.

River Rafting Equipment

Royal Gorge Raft & Rail Package

Royal Gorge Raft & Rail Package

 

DETAILS:

  • 10:00 am Royal Gorge half day rafting trip
  • Rafting experience not required
  • Lunch not included
  • 6:30 pm dinner train
  • Minimum age is 14-16 years

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 the Royal Gorge Route Railroad, offering more great scenery and views of the Royal Gorge.

BOOK ONLINE

Adult: $111.00

Call: 800-723-8987

 

 

Full Day Royal Gorge Rafting Trip & Dinner Train

Full Day Royal Gorge Rafting Trip & Dinner Train

 

DETAILS:

  • 10:30 am Royal Gorge full day rafting trip
  • Includes hearty riverside lunch
  • 6:30 pm Dinner Train
  • Available Fridays and Saturdays, July 5 – August 10th.
  • Minimum age is 14-16 years

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.

BOOK ONLINE

Adult: $206.00

Call: 800-723-8987

 

 

Colorado Tourist Attractions

Visit the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park on your Colorado family vacation

Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

 

 

 

Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

4218 County Road 3a,

Canon City, Colorado 81212

Visit the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park Website

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.

The Royal Gorge Bridge Canon City, Colorado

The Royal Gorge Bridge Canon City, Colorado

Rides and attractions at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

Royal Gorge Bridge

Walking across the Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado

Walking across the Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado

Aerial Tram

Arial Tram Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

Arial Tram Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

Carousel

Carousel at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

Carousel at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

Incline Railway

Ride the incline Railway to the bottom of the Royal Gorge

Ride the incline Railway to the bottom of the Royal Gorge

Trolley

Ride the Trolley Across the Royal Gorge Bridge

Ride the Trolley Across the Royal Gorge Bridge

Cliff Walk

Royal Rush Sky Coaster (additional fee)

Ride the Royal Rush Sky Coaster above the Arkansas River

Ride the Royal Rush Sky Coaster above the Arkansas River

Burro Rides (additional fee)

Burro Rides at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

Burro Rides at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

Jeep Tours (additional fee)

Point Sublime

Take in the views of the Arkansas River from Point Sublime

Take in the views of the Arkansas River from Point Sublime

Mountain Man Encampment

Mountain Man Encampment

Mountain Man Encampment

Petting Zoo

View of Arkansas River from the Royal Gorge Bridge

View of the Arkansas River from the Royal Gorge Bridge

View of the Arkansas River from the Royal Gorge Bridge

View of the Royal Gorge Bridge from Below

View of the Royal Gorge Bridge from Below

View of the Royal Gorge Bridge from Below

Visitors Center

Visitor Center Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

Visitor Center Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

Water Clock

Water powered clock at the Royal Gorge in Colorado

Water powered clock at the Royal Gorge in Colorado

Wapiti Western Wildlife Refuge

Visit The Wapiti Wildlife Refuge

Visit The Wapiti Wildlife Refuge

Shows and events at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

Gazebo Theatre

Pavilion Show

Plaza Theatre

Catch a Show at the Plaza Theatre

Catch a Show at the Plaza Theatre

Magic Show

Shopping at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

Visitors Center

Stryker Rich Trading Post - Royal Village Shirts & Tattoos - Colorado Country Shop - Prospector Pan - Custom Beadwork by Connie

Stryker Rich Trading Post – Royal Village Shirts & Tattoos – Colorado Country Shop – Prospector Pan – Custom Beadwork by Connie

Dining at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

Places to Eat at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

The Cliff Terrace - The Royal Grill - Pizza and Sub Garden

The Cliff Terrace – The Royal Grill – Pizza and Sub Garden

Whitewater Rafting Canon City, Colorado

Royal Gorge Rafting Center 44641 US Hwy 50 Canon City, Colorado 812112

Royal Gorge Rafting Center 44641 US Hwy 50 Canon City, Colorado 812112

River Runners Royal Gorge Rafting Center Amenities

  • Views of the Royal Gorge Bridge
  • Discount coupons to the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park
  • Free parking
  • Shaded picnic areas
  • Free restrooms
  • Drinks & snacks
  • Royal Gorge rafting apparel
  • Rafting wetsuits
  • Rafting booties
  • Rafting splash tops
  • Royal Gorge rafting photos
  • Royal Gorge rafting souvenirs
  • Royal Gorge rafting information
  • Certified Royal Gorge raft guides
  • The best Royal Gorge rafting trips
  • Discounts to the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park
  • Discounts to Captain Zip Line Colorado Zip Line Tour

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.


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WHY RAFT THE ROYAL GORGE

With RIVER RUNNERS
1.

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.

2.

A unique Colorado rafting experience:

This rafting trip is why you came to Colorado. Scenery, adventure, history and wildlife – it has it all.

3.

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.

4.

Extremely fun & educational:

Learn about the local railroad history, epic engineering, Colorado wildlife and spectacular geology of the Royal Gorge.



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