Rafting the Arkansas River, Colorado
From 1973 till date, the Arkansas River in Colorado has been a favorite destination of whitewater rafters from across the nation. Originating in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, the Arkansas River offers a large variety of rafting options to individuals having different levels of rafting skills.
For those traveling with families and young children, the smooth and relaxing whitewater trips form the best options whereas those looking for more adventurous rafting experience can opt for rafting the more challenging Class IV whitewaters.
The Arkansas River offers three canyons to rafting lovers to choose from – the Bighorn Canyon, Royal Gorge and Brown’s Canyon. While the Brown’s Canyon, with its Class III rapids, is more suitable for those just getting introduced to the world of river rafting, the Wildhorse Canyon offers a more exciting prospect to those seasoned in rafting skills.
Originating from the melting snow capped peaks of the Sawatch Mountains, the Brown’s Canyon offers Class II and III rapids that are ideally suited for families looking for a relaxing rafting experience. On the other hand, the Numbers, with its Class IV-V rapids and steep sixty-seven feet drop, will surely please rafters who love the thrill and excitement of rafting through difficult channels.
However, whichever rafting level you opt for, a trip down the Arkansas River offers you some of the most scenic views of the Sawatch and Sangre de Cristo ranges and lush green vegetation growing therein.