Arkansas River
Arkansas River

Arkansas River


The basics

Adventurers flock to the Arkansas River from across the western US to navigate its rapids, which range from relatively tame Class II all the way to expert-level Class V. The mild Browns Canyon and Bighorn Sheep Canyon are popular choices for families with children, while the churning rapids of stretches like Pine Creek and the Numbers and Narrows appeal to more experienced rafters looking for thrills. The rapids are best tackled on a half- or full-day guided tour, which usually includes transport, all equipment, and a master river guide.

For travelers who prefer a tamer approach, the river is also a popular fly-fishing spot.

Alle anzeigen

Things to know before you go

  • Wear a swimsuit and another quick-drying layer, plus secure water shoes (no flip-flops).
  • Bring a change of clothes for after the tour, as you will get wet.
  • For your safety, always wear a helmet and lifejacket while rafting.
  • Check with tour operators for age limits; some gentle voyages are suitable for children as young as 2, while others require all rafters to be strong swimmers.
  • On calmer stretches, keep an eye out for Rocky Mountain wildlife like deer, eagles, and bighorn sheep.
Alle anzeigen

How to get there

In Colorado, Buena Vista is the closest town to many of the most popular sections of the Arkansas River. Some tours also depart from Cañon City and Salida, where you can get oriented at the visitors center for the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area.

Alle anzeigen


When to get there

Rafting tours generally run between May and September. Water levels depend on seasonal snowpack and runoff, but levels are generally highest in June, while July and August offer lower levels more suited for families.

Alle anzeigen

Family Fun in Cañon City

A Colorado outpost with a Wild West history and rustic charm, Cañon City is a popular gateway to the Rocky Mountains with plenty to do for all ages. Before or after a rafting tour on the Arkansas River, check out the steep canyons of the Royal Gorge from above on a walk across the Royal Gorge Bridge, a thrilling zipline course, or a helicopter ride for the ultimate view. Alternatively, explore the surrounding desert landscape with a scenic ride on the Royal Gorge Route Railroad or a private Jeep tour.

Alle anzeigen
Häufig gestellte Fragen (FAQs)
Die unten aufgeführten Antworten basieren auf Antworten, die der Touranbieter kürzlich auf Fragen von Kunden gegeben hat.
Welche anderen Sehenswürdigkeiten liegen am nächsten bei der Sehenswürdigkeit Arkansas River?
Sehenswürdigkeiten in der Nähe der Sehenswürdigkeit Arkansas River: