Colorado Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater Rafting in Colorado

Whitewater Rafting Colorado


Whitewater rafting in Colorado since 1972


State of Colorado licensed river outfitter #W-0397

State of Colorado licensed river outfitter #W-0397

River Runners is known as “The Whitewater Professionals” and we have been whitewater rafting Colorado since 1972. Choose from a wide selection of guided adventures from two convenient rafting locations on the Arkansas River. Experience Royal Gorge rafting in Cañon City just one hour from Colorado Springs; or launch your rafting vacation from our Colorado whitewater rafting resort in Buena Vista. You can also raft Dinosaur National Monument on one-day and multi-day expeditions down the Green River and Yampa River with Adrift Adventures – authorized concessionaire of the National Park Service.


1 hour from Colorado Springs & 2.5 hours from Denver  

Colorado river rafting trips available Daily: May – September


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Arkansas River Rafting Colorado

Easy access, abundant whitewater and beautiful scenery have made the Arkansas River in Colorado one of the most popular rafting rivers in the world. River Runners offers a variety of whitewater adventures on the Arkansas River. Select from beginner, intermediate and advanced whitewater on half-day, full-day and overnight rafting trips. Raft in this Colorado State Park with River Runners from two convenient locations: Canon City, Colorado – home of the Royal Gorge; or Buena Vista, Colorado – home of Colorado’s best hot springs. These rafting destinations are centrally located near Colorado Springs, Denver and Colorado ski resorts.

Whitewater rafting vacations in Dinosaur National Monument

Raft from Colorado to Utah with Adrift Adventures – authorized concessionaire of the National Park Service. Choose from one-day rafting trips on the Green River, or four-day and five-day rafting vacations on the Green River and Yampa River. Explore the remote canyons of Dinosaur National Monument, one of the most spectacular geological areas of the West, and follow in the footsteps of dinosaurs, Native Americans, outlaws and famous explorers like John Wesley Powell.


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Royal Gorge Rafting Center

44642 US. Hwy. 50 Canon City, Colorado 81212

Whitewater Rafting the Royal Gorge on the Arkansas River is the best whitewater rafting trip in Colorado.

The Royal Gorge on the Arkansas River is the best whitewater rafting trip in Colorado.

River Rafting Trips in Canon City, Colorado on the Arkansas River

Canon City, Colorado

Home of the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

The Royal Gorge Bridge was built in 1929 and remained the highest suspension bridge in the world for more than 70 years at 1,052 feet above the Arkansas River. Float under this amazing bridge and challenge class IV-V rapids with a professional river guide on the most exciting whitewater rafting trip in Colorado. Big rapids, famous engineering, unique human history and spectacular scenery have made the Royal Gorge a true whitewater classic.

Bighorn Sheep Canyon is an exciting, but family-friendly whitewater rafting trip

Also check out the exciting, but more forgiving class III-IV rapids of Bighorn Sheep Canyon and learn about the history, geology and wildlife of the Royal Gorge region. Raft class III-IV rapids, watch for wildlife and enjoy beautiful Colorado scenery on this family whitewater adventure. There are plenty of camping and lodging opportunities in and around Canon City, so go ahead and stay a few days to enjoy the many other fun things to do in the Royal Gorge Region of Colorado. Check out the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, Royal Gorge Route Railroad, scenic helicopter tours, hiking trails, horseback riding and much more! The River Runners Royal Gorge Rafting Center is conveniently located on US Hwy 50 across from The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park turn-off.

River Runners rafting guests receive $5 off coupons to the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park.


Riverside Rafting Resort

24070 County Road 301 Buena Vista, Colorado 81211

Colorado Hot Springs & Rafting Packages

River Rafting Trips in Buena Vista, Colorado on the Arkansas River



Buena Vista, Colorado

Home of Colorado’s best hot springs

Enjoy a soak at Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort just five minutes away with two-for-one tickets at River Runners. Arrive early and plan to stay late at the River Runners Riverside Grill. Launch your rafting adventure right from our beach on the Arkansas River. The River Runners Riverside Rafting Resort is the best way to raft Browns Canyon, The Numbers or a Scenic Family Float.

A unique Colorado whitewater rafting location

This unique six-acre property is situated along the banks of the Arkansas River and offers the largest selection of trips between any of our other locations. The River Runners Riverside Rafting Resort features three riverside group campsites, sand volleyball and a Riverside Grill. Our private beach and launch site for Browns Canyon (class III-IV) makes rafting from this location unique, fun and convenient.

Whitewater rafting with children

If you have young children between the ages of three and six you can get your feet wet whitewater rafting in Colorado on a class II scenic Family Float. This one-hour river rafting trip launches four miles upstream on the Arkansas River and floats right back to the River Runners Riverside Rafting Resort.

Extreme Colorado whitewater rafting

Thrill seekers can challenge the class IV-V rapids of The Numbers and experience the most continuous whitewater in Colorado. The Numbers is just a quick shuttle from our rafting resort and full day trips float right back to River Runners during high water. If you have already mastered the Numbers check out Pine Creek rapid on the Arkansas River for a real taste of class V whitewater rafting in Colorado.


Adrift Adventures

Rafting Dinosaur National Monument since 1980

9500 East 6000 South Jensen, Utah 84035

Since 1980, Adrift Adventures has been providing fully guided and all-inclusive whitewater rafting adventures through Dinosaur National Monument. Choose from one-day whitewater explorations of Split Mountain Gorge to four and five-day whitewater rafting expeditions on the Green River and Yampa River. Adrift Adventures is proud to work as an authorized concessionaire of the National Park Service in Dinosaur National Monument.

National Park Service Authorized Concessioner

National Park Service Authorized Concessioner

White water rafting map Dinosaur National Monument

White water rafting map Dinosaur National Monument

1 Day Green River Rafting

Take a one-day class III river rafting trip through Split Mountain Gorge in Dinosaur National Monument and follow part of John Wesley Powell’s route on the Green River. This one-day Utah river rafting trip departs daily and includes a catered riverside lunch. As a bonus, this trip stops to view Native American rock art on the way to the put-in. While you’re in the area be sure to check out the newly renovated Dinosaur Quarry, which features more than 1,500 exposed dinosaur bones and other exhibits from the Jurassic Period.

Rafting Dinosaur National Monument

Rafting Vacation Green River

4 Day Green River Rafting

If you want to get away for awhile consider a four-day class III-IV Green River rafting trip through Gates of Lodore in Dinosaur National Monument. This 44-mile river rafting trip will take you on a journey through the past as you learn about the unique and diverse history of Dinosaur National Monument. Follow in the footsteps of dinosaurs, Native Americans, outlaws, cowboys and famous explorers.

Rafting Vacation Yampa River

5 Day Yampa River Rafting

You can also explore the Yampa River by raft – one of the last major free-flowing rivers in the United States. This five-day, 72-mile rafting vacation through Yampa Canyon is one of the most sought after river rafting trips in the world. The window for running the Yampa River in Dinosaur National Monument is short – typically May and June – since there are no dams to control the spring run-off.


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