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Rafters from around the world travel to Colorado to enjoy the majestic beauty of the Arkansas River as it winds from its source in the mountains above Leadville and travels along the Sawatch mountain range past some of Colorado’s tallest peaks.


The Arkansas Valley is home to many of the most fun and often rafted sections of river in the country. The two most popular sections of river are Browns Canyon and the Royal Gorge; both offer stunning scenery, abundant wildlife, and challenging whitewater. True adventure seekers and experienced rafters can head upstream to the more difficult Numbers and Pine Creek sections that leave many boaters trembling in their booties.  Mellow floats abound on the Arkansas River as well, so families looking for a scenic outing without a surge of adrenaline will delight in the splendor of traveling through the heart of Fourteener Country by raft. If you are visiting in the spring or summer check out the area’s three nationally renowned river festivals.


Regardless of your choice, the professional river outfitters that call the Arkansas Valley home will help you find just the right trip.

Whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River

Rafting in Chaffee County Colorado

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