Colorado Rafting: Arkansas River, Browns Canyon, Royal Gorge & More

Colorado rafting trips on the Arkansas River, including Browns Canyon, the Royal Gorge, the Numbers and the Narrows. Choose from one day to multi-day trips. You get extraordinary Noah's staff who specialize in family rafting and youth groups.

We are now booking for 2014, and we hope you will be able to get out on the water with us!

The Arkansas River is a Colorado white water rafting destination and a true outdoor recreation treasure for thousands of visitors every year. It is one of the most popular rafting rivers in the US! Noah's Ark was one of the first companies rafting the diverse sections of the Arkansas River. Now an industry leader in Colorado rafting, Noah's Ark has led thousands of families and groups on Arkansas River rafting trips since 1983. Put our experience to work making your Colorado rafting vacation the best ever!

Colorado Rafting on the Arkansas River: Choose Easy Float Trips or Big White Water

White water rafting in Colorado's Browns Canyon on the Arkansas River, with Noah's Ark The Arkansas River flows south and eastward through the Colorado Rocky Mountains for almost 150 miles of fantastic and diverse whitewater, and continues on over a thousand miles to the sea. The Arkansas River Headwaters Recreation Area includes the most popular white water rafting sections of the Arkansas River:

You will LOVE the incredible scenery, action, and beauty on these Arkansas River rafting sections! From gentle family rafting float trips all the way to heart-pounding Class VI-V whitewater thrills for river enthusiasts, you can have a true Colorado rafting adventure. Choose from day trips or multi-day trips.  


Easily accessible from Denver, Colorado Springs, Breckenridge and Summit County in Colorado, the Arkansas River is located near Buena Vista, CO.  There are lots of reasons why this is the most popular white water rafting and kayaking destination in Colorado. The Arkansas River forges its path through the mountains before dropping into the shadows of Browns Canyon and the Royal Gorge to deliver one of the most incredible white water rafting experiences in the United States. This versatile river offers runs from beginner to advanced and Colorado white water from Class II to Class V, all amidst unforgettable views of 14,000 foot peaks  in the Arkansas River Valley.


Whether you are planning a family rafting trip, youth group activity, or a corporate team building experience using a Colorado whitewater rafting or adventure outing, the Arkansas River near Buena Vista, CO is an ideal setting with a world class river. All levels of whitewater rafting experience welcome!

Colorado Whitewater Rafting Trips: Choose Your Section of the Arkansas River

Browns Canyon, The Narrows, The Numbers, Royal Gorge: Something For Everyone!

/media2/images/crop_255_140/river/arkansas_river_rafting_300.jpg Browns Canyon Half Day Colorado Rafting Class III to III+ Rapids 10 miles The Browns Canyon trips offer an incredible combination of a wilderness setting and many rapids. The #1 rafted section in Colorado and the country! We have 2 launches daily from our private river put-in. Families Groups Ministries
/media2/images/crop_255_140/river/browns_canyone_rafing_zoom_3156.jpg Browns Canyon Full Day Colorado Rafting Class III to III+ Rapids 20 miles Double the adventure and double the miles through Browns Canyon and enjoy breathtaking scenery, towering granite walls, amazing rock formations and thrilling rapids! Meals Families Groups Ministries
/media2/images/crop_255_140/aerial_park/img_3522.jpg Rafting & Aerial Adventure Park Aerial Adventure Paddle & Park Min. Age 7 Spend the morning in Browns Canyon Adventure Park. After breaking for lunch, enjoy an afternoon of Rafting through Colorado's Browns Canyon. Meals Families Groups Ministries
/media2/images/crop_255_140/river/brown--s_canyon_arkansas_river_colorado_overnight_rafting_whitewaterc_1266.jpg Brown's Canyon Overnight Colorado Rafting Trip Class III to III+ Rapids 20 miles Raft through exciting class III and IV rapids during the day and then in the evening enjoy hiking, fishing or wildlife viewing at your campsite in the heart of Browns Canyon. Meals Camping Families Groups Ministries
/media2/images/crop_255_140/river/noahs_ark__family_white_water_rafting_arkansas_river_colorado_5979.jpg Narrows Full Day Colorado Whitewater Rafting Class III to IV Rapids 15 miles Located to the north of Browns Canyon, this technically challenging trip offers spectacular views, a delicious homemade lunch and exciting rapids! Meals Families Ministries
/media2/images/crop_255_140/river/arkansas_river_colorado_3372.jpg Royal Gorge Full Day Colorado Rafting Class IV to IV+ Rapids 17 miles The Royal Gorge Trip offers 17 miles of white water rafting in the shadows of the stunning 1000-foot canyon walls of the Royal Gorge. It is a physically demanding trip with breathtaking scenery. Meals Ministries

Compare all our Colorado whitewater rafting trips.

See the Rapids Rating Scale for information on difficulty scale.