Rafting Outfitters in the Royal Gorge

Rafting the Royal Gorge

So, you’re ready to enjoy a half or full day of rafting on the Arkansas River?  You should choose a trip based on the age and experience of the participants (particularly children), level of difficulty, length of trip, your physical condition, experience of the outfitter, and type of raft, either paddle or paddle-assist.  Paddle boats require more participation than paddle-assist.

The Arkansas River is America’s most popular rafting river.  In the Royal Gorge Region there are trips ranging from gentle floats to family fun to white-knuckle whitewater.  Water levels vary throughout the rafting season and affect the difficulty of the rapids.  Knowledgeable outfitters will help you make the right choice.  Still not sure whether to try the Royal Gorge?  Booking a combination train trip and rafting package with one of the Royal Gorge Route Railroad’s rafting partners will allow you to view all the rapids of the Royal Gorge from the train, and most likely see rafts running them, before you make your decision.

The Royal Gorge Region has a number of highly qualified outfitters who specialize in tailoring trips to your particular wishes and abilities.  Below is a listing of rafting outfitters and their contact information.


Raft Masters Rafting

2315 E. Main Street
Cañon City, CO 81212

Raft Masters has been in business under the same ownership since 1989. Few rafting companies can boast of that length of continuous dedication and service. At Raft Masters we strive to be “The BEST rafting company in Colorado” by offering quality, professional rafting experiences. Our prices are competitive and reflect the quality and experience you and your family expect, with “No hidden or last minute add-on charges.” Our number one priority is to provide you with the finest raft trip possible; our attention to your comfort, safety, and enjoyment is reflected in our guides and equipment–the best.

We offer many different packages combining whitewater rafting with the Historical Royal Gorge Route Railroad, Zip Lining, Horseback Riding, Wine Tasting, and Jeep Tours. You can also enjoy lunch at our on-site “Eddy Out Café” before or after your trip.

Raft Masters is located just 45 miles South of Colorado Springs in beautiful Canon City, where wet suits, splash jackets and river shoes are always free.

Echo Canyon River Expeditions

45000 West US Highway 50
Cañon City, CO 81212
800.755.3246 or 719.275.3154

Echo Canyon River Expeditions will provide your family with an incredible rafting experience and an excellent value. We offer truly world class amenities and service. Join us for a half-day, full-day or multi-day raft trip, or choose from a number of premier packages including our Raft & Zip or Raft-n-Rail®.


Make your vacation planning easy and stay in one of our luxury cabins at Royal Gorge Cabins, or rough it just a little and pitch a tent or check out our glamorous camping – glamping tents! Enjoy our 8 Mile Bar & Grill restaurant with indoor or patio seating with beautiful mountain views.


Echo Canyon is located eight miles west of Cañon City and just one hour from Colorado Springs. Give us a call or visit our website so we can assist you in the planning of your Colorado rafting vacation. We look forward to hosting you!

Whitewater Adventure Outfitters (WAO)

50905 US Hwy 50 West
Cañon City, CO 81212

E-mail: kathy@waorafting.com

2017 is our 26th year exceeding expectations in the Royal Gorge region; we are located just one mile west of Canon City, Colorado on Hwy 50. Check out our very popular “raft & train” combo inclusive of both a ½ day of rafting and a ride on the scenic Royal Gorge train all in one day! Our location is only one mile from the train depot.

Best Guides, Best value…the choice is that simple!

Simply click on our logo to visit our website and choose from our ½ day in Bighorn Canyon – perfect for families or the “nervous novice” – or the always exciting Royal Gorge for those looking for an adventurous experience; also offering Full Day trips which include lunch in either the Royal Gorge or Bighorn Canyon. Check out our overnight trips or other great combo trips that include rafting and tickets to visit the Royal Gorge Bridge, or rafting & Zipline tour with Adventures Out West!

Be sure to visit our “Specials” page on our website for great deals on some of our most popular trips!

American Adventure Expeditions

41746 Hwy 50
Cañon City, CO 81212

Your next great Colorado Adventure starts here! Offering whitewater rafting trips on COlorado’s most popular river, mountain bike tours along the Contintental Divide, guided ATV tours throughout the High Country, and Ziplining over rugged Colorado canyons. Let us help you plan the vacation of a lifetime. “Epic Adventures. Insprired Hospitatlity.”

Difficulty Levels: Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Discounts: AAA, Group Discount Coupon Available, Military
Facility Amenities: ADA-compliant, Concessions, Food/Beverage Service, Foreign Language Guide Available , Gift Shop, Maps & Brochures Available, Parking on site, Restaurant on site, Restrooms, Retail Shop, Showers
General Information: Activity Duration: 2 Hours to 2 Days, Dates Closed: Labor Day Weekend through May 1, Hours of Operation: Summer Hours: 7:30am to 7:30pm. Winter Hours: 9am to 5pm, Parental Permission Needed, Seasons of Operation: Summer
Group Amenities: Accommodates Tour Groups, Bus/Motorcoach Parking on site, Group Rates Available, Maximum Group Number: 350, Minimum Group Number: 2, Team-building Activities Offered
Guest Information: Family-friendly
Payment Methods: American Express, Cash, Discover, MasterCard, Personal Checks, Travelers Checks, Visa
Rate Information: $ = Less than $100, $$ = $101-$200, $$$ = $201 and Up, Rates: $35.00/person to $275.00/person
Suitable for Ages: Adults (18+), Children (up to 12), Teens (13-18)
Tour Information: Customized Tours, Group Tours, Guided Tours, Tour Capacity: 400, Tour Schedule: Trips Depart Daily May 1 through Sept 3

Arkansas River Tours

PO Box 337
Cotopaxi, CO 81223
Email: info@arkansasrivertours.com

as one of the original Colorado whitewater rafting companies in 1973, Arkansas River Tours has been committed to providing the safest, highest-quality river trips available. We have a strong background in experiential education which transfers into the personable trips we offer. Arkansas River Tours is a leader in many aspects of the rafting industry in Colorado. Our guide training is well recognized by our fellow outfitters. We have provided rescue courses and trained guides from other companies in proper techniques of paddle boat guiding. Many of the high standards we set for ourselves have become guidelines for others. We were the pioneers in running the Royal Gorge in paddle boats. In fact, ART was the first company to include swim tests at certain water levels and to mandate the use of helmets in the Royal Gorge.

Clear Creek Rafting Company

44650 West US HWY 50
Cañon City, CO 81212
800.353.9901 or 719.275.4500

Experience Colorado’s supreme whitewater! With a free photo CD, free wetsuit use, free splash jacket use & helmets provided on all trips, Clear Creek Rafting Company, in business since 1992, offers an exceptional value in rafting. Adventures on two great rivers with two convenient locations where there is always a river trip for everyone!

 A scenic 45 minute drive from Colorado Springs will bring you to our Arkansas River location near the world famous Royal Gorge. Clear Creek Rafting offers half and full day trips on Colorado’s most popular river. Get your fill of fun and adventure by diving into the class IV whitewater of the Royal Gorge. In the deepest part of the canyon, the towering 1000 foot walls offer unmatched scenery and world-class whitewater. Also take pleasure in the spectacular view of the Royal Gorge Bridge as you raft under it on our most popular trip! Or grab the family and create some memories with a light-adventure, class III whitewater trip through Bighorn Sheep Canyon. Enjoy the high-desert scenery and watch for amazing wildlife while paddling through fun rapids like Spike Buck and Shark’s Tooth, truly a great trip for younger paddlers or first time rafters.

Also check out our Clear Creek location just 30 minutes west of Denver. With an alpine setting in the historic mining area of Idaho Springs, Clear Creek offers convenient access to incredible whitewater. Clear Creek Rafting provides exciting, affordable and fun trips for all abilities beginner to advanced levels.

Call 800-353-9901 today to schedule your adventure and join in the fun at Clear Creek Rafting Company where the excitement comes in waves! Group rates are available and we can accommodate large groups. See you on the river!

Performance Tours, Inc.

0193 Co Rd 3a
Cañon City, CO 81212
Whitewater Rafting on Colorado’s most spectacular rivers! — Looking for adventure that’s exciting, affordable and fun? We’ve got it! Lots of trip options for all ages and ability levels, including rafting & rail packages, rafting & zipline packages, and paddle & saddle packages. We offer a variety of 2 hour to multi day mild to wild rafting adventures, including trips through the spectacular 1100’ deep Royal Gorge below the bridge and the newly designated Brown’s Canyon National Monument, with magnificent mountain and canyon scenery. We have provided over 475,000 satisfied guests with exciting and memorable river adventures since 1986 and have one of the best safety records in Colorado. We are one of the most established, experienced and trusted rafting outfitters in Colorado and our award winning guest service keeps our guests coming back year after year. Give us a call (1-800-328-7238), or check us out online at www.performancetours.com and discover why rafting has become one of the most popular summertime activities in Colorado, and why so many outdoor enthusiasts prefer Performance Tours Rafting for their whitewater adventures! $15.00/pp discount!  Great guides! – Great service! – Great value!  Don’t settle for 1 or 2 – at Performance Tours you get all 3! Reserve your adventure today! You’ll be glad you did!

AVA Colorado Rafting

197 Tally Ho Ct
Dillon, CO 80435
877.RAFTING 970.423.7031

River Runners Royal Gorge

U.S. 50 (8 miles west of Cañon City)
Cañon City, CO 81212

Royal Gorge Rafting & Zip Line Tours

45045 US Hwy 50
Cañon City, CO 81212