Arkansas River Tours
Arkansas River Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing • Boat Tours • Fishing Charters & Tours • Kayaking & Canoeing
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7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
Arkansas River Tours has connected more than 250,000 guests to the river since 1973! We have been committed to providing the safest, highest-quality river trips available. We offer 2 convenient locations near Salida, Colorado in Cotopaxi, and in Canon City, Colorado. 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 Whitewater rafting and guided float fishing on the Arkansas River near the Royal Gorge, Canon City, Cotopaxi, Salida and Colorado Springs are sure to give you a memorable adventure.
Canon City, United States
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2022

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MichelleJeffS
Fenton, MO13 contributions
Sep 2022
This is a must do! This was our #1 favorite activity for our entire group-better than Rocky Mountains, Red Rock, shopping and Garden of the Gods. Well worth the price-excellent experience.
Written 6 September 2022
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500gaild
Dallas, TX29 contributions
Aug 2022
The entire experience was great from the beginning. Booking was easy, a reasonable cancellation policy, and price were totally in line with the service and experience. The staff was so friendly and professional while being welcoming and making everyone feel comfortable. It was my first time on the river so I was a little apprehensive but Danny was amazing and in no time I felt safe and comfortable. The river is lower in August but there were still plenty of splashes and several Level 3 areas. I will definitely be back - hopefully next June!! If you get the chance to go next season, definitely ask for Danny. He's a great guide and very personable. He's kind of cute too!! Thanks everyone at Arkansas River Tours!
Written 30 August 2022
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Lauren A
1 contribution
Aug 2022 • Solo
Arkansas river tours made it super easy to book and I loved how seamless the checkin process was plus they took care of everything! All I had to do was sit back, relax and enjoy the trip!

Buddy was a great guide explaining the local history of the area and walking us through how we could set up for each rapid for ensure safe and fun travel down the river! :) can’t wait to go try out the advanced river trip next!
Written 14 August 2022
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Hello Laura! Thank you for the great review. We take pride in making your trip as easy as possible. We'll tell Buddy you enjoyed your tour with him. Please come back and get back on the river with us again soon!
Written 30 August 2022
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Bethany F
Bryan, TX21 contributions
We had an awesome trip today with Amanda as our guide. She was knowledgeable of the rapids and was entertaining also.
We highly recommend Arkansas River Tours if you are in the Cotopaxi area.
Written 8 August 2022
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Amanda is amazing and we are to have her part of our ART family. I will let her know you enjoyed your tour with her. Thank you for the recommendation and review. Please come back and raft with us again soon!
Written 30 August 2022
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Carl A
1 contribution
Aug 2022
Our whole experience was great. Easy booking to start was nice. Staff at the Cotopaxi branch were very nice and greeted us quickly. Danny was a great guide and very helpful with all the safety stuff. Steve was a good driver on the curvy road.
Once on the water danny was a great guide. He was even nice enough to throw my youngest son in the river, which made his day!! We had a great time and got to do some extra swimming that the other boats didn't get to do! My oldest son got to guide the boat along the final stretch of the trip.
I would give it more than 5 stars but that's all I coud !!
Written 8 August 2022
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Hi D*244FKcarla! We are so pleased you had such an amazing tour. We love what we do and we are happy we get to share these experiences with our guests. I'll tell Danny you enjoyed your trip with him. Thank you and please come back and raft with us again soon!
Written 30 August 2022
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Taunie U
Des Moines, IA6 contributions
Our guide was Ethan and he was fantastic! We had a 14 year old and an 8 year old and he engaged them both throughout the ride. He was funny and enthusiastic, pointing out all the rock formations and the names he’d come up with for them. The kids thought it was hilarious (so did everyone else!).

We even got to surf a rapid. None of the other boats in our group got to do that and it was so fun! We all got soaked and had permagrins the whole time. From the safety/education talk from Sarah, to Jose fist bumping everyone and wishing them luck as we got off the bus, to Ethan being a top notch guide, this was one of the best rafting experiences we’ve had (my husband and I have been multiple times before).

To make a teenager smile for the 2 hours we were on the river is an accomplishment. Thanks ART for making our family trip to CO one to remember!
Written 30 July 2022
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We are pleased to hear you had a great time with our guide, Ethan and all the other Arkansas River Tours Staff. We hope to see you again in the future for another rafting trip!
Written 31 July 2022
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our_spam
Orlando, FL22 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
What a great time! Had some awesome rapids. Our guide, Austin was the best! Had really cool stories about the area, and the river. Scenery was gorgeous. Would most definitely come back if didn’t live on the other side of the United States.
Written 29 July 2022
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We are pleased to hear that you had a great trip with our guide, Austin. We hope to see you again if you come back to the area!
Written 31 July 2022
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AMS
Brownsville, TX4 contributions
Jul 2022
This activity was the absolute best time in Colorado! Our guide, Donnie, was extremely knowledgeable and energetic. The trip was absolutely beautiful and thrilling all at the same time. It's definitely the one thing I would insist on doing again if I ever go back to Colorado.
Written 24 July 2022
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S C
Tucson, AZ5 contributions
What an amazing experience. 23 miles down the Arkansas river and memories that will last forever. From the minute we arrived until the very end of our trip, everyone was so very nice and helpful. Our guide Danny was excellent. Would absolutely do this again with Arkansas river tours.
Written 24 July 2022
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We are glad to hear that you had a great time with our guide, Danny! We hope to see you again in the near future!
Written 31 July 2022
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Kevin B
4 contributions
Jul 2022 • Friends
We had an absolutely exhilarating day doing the Grand Slam (two trips down the Royal Gorge). Our guide, RonJon, knew the best lines to have a fun ride while keeping us a safe as possible. We got a feel for the various rapids on the first run, and then in the second, we surfed and did some wild maneuvers the took it up a couple notches!

I'm am experienced rafter and HIGHLY recommend Arkansas River Tours with RonJon as your guide if you want to have a day you'll never forget!
Written 20 July 2022
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We are glad to hear that you had a good time with our guide, Ron Jon! We hope to see you again in the future for another rafting trip!
Written 31 July 2022
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