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Basics
Location:
Starts about 15 miles west of Canon City
Class:
Class III to Class V
Time:
1/2 Day or Full Day
Season:
May to September

Description

Passing through the thousand-foot-high canyon walls of the Royal Gorge, rafters can gawk at the world's highest suspension bridge high above their heads. That's when they're not paddling like mad to navigate the rapids here, some of the most challenging on the river. Sledgehammer, Boat Eater, Wall Slammer and Corner Pocket are among the names of these intense rapids, and most companies require riders to have previous whitewater experience. The steep drop-offs and crashing waves make this a wet, frothy, and exciting ride.

Royal Gorge begins west of Canon City and runs to near the town.

Tour Companies

  • Several convenient locations!
  • Rafting, Kayaking
  • 970-423-7031

AVA's Colorado Rafting Join AVA for world-class whitewater on the best rivers in Colorado. Trips for all ages and abilities: mild floats to family whitewater to pounding Class V waterfalls! Free wetsuits and splash jackets on AVA-run trips, outstanding guest service, great Outposts. See our award-winning website for daily discounts, packages and videos! Trips close to Denver and all major mountain resorts.

  • 5 Rivers in Central CO
  • Rafting
  • 800-370-0581

Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting The most dedicated, skilled and enthusiastic outdoor professionals anywhere want to escort you on the outdoor adventure of a lifetime. Our years of experience and unmatched professionalism will clearly set us apart when you raft with Breckenridge Whitewater. Choose from door-to-door transportation or drive to one of our offices and save money. See our website for DISCOUNTS and videos!

  • 5 Colorado Rivers
  • Rafting, Jeep/Other Offroad
  • 800-462-7238

Wilderness Aware Rafting #1 On Trips Advisor. Twice Named Colorado’s Company of the Year. Specializing in ½ to 10 day whitewater adventures, scenic horseback rides, thrilling downhill mountain biking, and breathtaking zipline tours. Experience exceptional customer service at our 100% solar powered riverside facility. LEARN MORE...

Class:
Class III to Class V
Time
1/2 Day or Full Day
Season:
May to September
Guides Available?
Yes
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