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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 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 the 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.
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Full Day Royal Gorge Rafting Trips
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 1 hour prior to your scheduled launch time and allow six hours round trip.
Half Day Royal Gorge Rafting Trips
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 1 hour prior to your scheduled launch time and allow three hours round trip.
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 the 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
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.
The Royal Gorge Fire
The Royal Gorge Fire of 2013 burned 48 buildings at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. It is currently under reconstruction, but limited tours are available on the weekends. The visitor is scheduled to re-open in August 2014.
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).
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
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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.