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River Runners Royal Gorge Rafting near Cañon City, Colorado
Raft family-friendly Bighorn Sheep Canyon or challenge the Royal Gorge
The River Runners Royal Gorge Rafting Center – eight miles west of Canon City, Colorado – offers the best whitewater rafting vacations near Colorado Springs. Raft family-friendly rapids in the Bighorn Sheep Canyon or challenge the world-famous Royal Gorge on half day and full day rafting adventures. Book online or call today. We can answer questions and provide recommendations about rafting trips and other activities in the Royal Gorge Region of Colorado.
Meet at the River Runners Royal Gorge Rafting Center
Once you’ve made your rafting reservation, meet at the River Runners Royal Gorge Rafting Center 45 minutes prior to your trip time. Our professional staff will take care of trip logistics, provide necessary instruction and make you feel at ease. All River Runners guests receive discount coupons to the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park.
Big rapids, grand geologic features, intriguing human history and famous engineering make the Royal Gorge one of Colorado’s best rafting trips
Arkansas River rafting trips in Canon City, Colorado
Royal Gorge Rafting Trips
The best way to see the Royal Gorge Bridge is a Royal Gorge rafting trip on the Arkansas River. Paddle through this incredible canyon 1,000 feet below the highest suspension bridge in North America and ride some of the biggest rapids in Colorado. Learn about the unique geology, diverse human history, and world-renowned engineering of the Royal Gorge.
Bighorn Sheep Canyon Full Day River Rafting Trip
The Bighorn Sheep Canyon on the Arkansas River is the best family-friendly whitewater rafting trip near Colorado Springs. Choose from full-day, morning half-day and afternoon half-day launch times from the River Runners Royal Gorge Rafting Center. Raft Bighorn Sheep Canyon for a real Colorado adventure the whole family will love.
Package a River Runners Rafting Trip with Area Activities
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 Cañon 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.
Bighorn Sheep Canyon Rail & Raft
A great day of Colorado family adventure. At 9:30 am depart on the historic Royal Gorge Route Railroad, and enjoy spectacular scenery of the Royal Gorge and its legendary suspension bridge.
At 2:30 pm embark on a two-three hour rafting trip in Bighorn Sheep Canyon. This family-friendly adventure challenges class III-IV rapids suitable for beginners. Minimum age and weight is six years and 50 pounds.
Adult: $95.00 / Child: $75.00
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
- 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.
Group Rafting Discounts
Rafting Trips in Canon City, Colorado on the Arkansas River Available May – September
WHY RAFT IN CAÑON CITY
With RIVER RUNNERS
Location, location, location:
The Royal Gorge Rafting Center is located at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park turn-off just a few miles from the Arkansas River.
Rafting for nearly all ability levels:
River Runners offers trips to suit nearly all ages and abilities.
We are “The Whitewater Professionals”:
River Runners has been teaching people how to raft in Colorado since 1972.
Friendly and knowledgeable staff:
Learn why so many people return to River Runners year after year.
Quality rafting equipment:
River Runners uses the best gear for a comfortable and safe experience.
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