Arkansas River Rafting

125 Miles of Colorado white water on the Arkansas River from Class II-V gives the options of a ½ day to 4-day rafting adventure from May to September. Situated in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, the Arkansas River drops over 5,000 feet over its first 125 miles from its headwaters in Leadville, Colorado through the pink granite walls of Browns Canyon adjacent to Browns Canyon Wilderness Area into the 1,000 foot shadows of the famous Royal Gorge.

This spectacular river valley boasts views of the 14,000-foot Collegiate and Sangre de Cristo Mountain ranges that are enjoyed on our many white water rafting trips. It continues through the snowy peaks of the Sawatch Range through Big Horn Sheep Canyon to the finale of the Royal Gorge near Canon City.

Bill Dvorak Rafting and Kayak Expeditions offers a wide range of white water trips on the Arkansas River rafting ranging from half-days to multi-day excursions. Whether you seek a family vacation in Class II or the rush of Class V white water, Dvorak Expeditions has an ideal Arkansas River rafting trip for you that will create lasting memories.

Want added excitement? Ask about the possibility to add Stand Up Paddle boarding to the trip in the calm waters!

ARKANSAS RIVER: Brown's Canyon 1 Day Rafting Tour
Class IV | 1 day

The Arkansas slices through the granite and forms this famous canyon. It can be a new challenge of whitewater or an exhilarating first experience. Trips are run daily with options to participate and paddle with a guide or have the guide do the work for you as you enjoy the ride. We recommend that children be 12 and older but we have some options mid to late season for younger children 5-11.

Duration: 7 hours

From $95 per person | Activity level: MODERATE

Brown's Canyon
ARKANSAS RIVER: Brown's Canyon 1/2 Day Rafting Tour
12 Miles | Class III+ | 1/2 day (3.5 Hours)

Situated in the heart of the Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, the Arkasnas River threads its way through a vacationer`s paradise. From the river`s source in the beautiful Arkansas Valley with dramatic 14,000 foot peaks to the bottom of the Royal Gorge, the Arkansas has it all. 12 Miles, Class II-III This half day trip offered through the heart of Browns Canyon`s whitewater.

Approximately 3 hours of clear crisp water crashing through the Granite Gorge. No lunch is provided on this half day adventure. Fully guided and all boating equipment included: rain gear, drinking water, personal floatation device.

Our Nathrop Office location (See Map) is approximately 2.5 hours from Denver and less than 2 from Colorado Springs.

Duration: 3.5 hours

From $60 per person | Activity level: MODERATE

Brown's Canyon
ARKANSAS RIVER: The Numbers & Narrows 1 Day Rafting Tour
Class IV-V | 1 day

Situated in the heart of the Rockies, the Arkansas River threads its way through a whitewater paradise in the center of Colorado. From the headwaters at Leadville, Colorado 11,000 ft. you will run the Numbers 1-10 rapids which is truly home to world class challenges of class IV rapids – running solid thrills from top to bottom. Minimum age is 18 and in good health with a good knowledge of paddling skills is a must.

Duration: 8 hours

From $120 per person | Activity level: DIFFICULT

The Numbers
ARKANSAS RIVER: The Numbers 1/2 Day Rafting Tour
18 Miles | Class IV | Full Day Adult (18 yrs+) prices for weekends/weekdays

This section is home to world class kayak competitions. Runnable only at certain water levels and paddlers MUST be at least 18 years. Your endurance and paddle experience is tested here. An incredible section with Pine forest lining the river banks and the peaks of the Collegiate Mountains tower over 14,000 feet above the river corridor. Early meeting required for this trip at our Nathrop office (See Map) 10 miles south of Buena Vista on Highway 285.

Duration: 4 hours

From $70 per person | Activity level: DIFFICULT

The Numbers
ARKANSAS RIVER: SUNDOWN ON BROWNS EXCLUSIVE EVENING 1/2 PM
“AN EXCLUSIVE CLASSY EVENING OF RAFTING IN BROWNS CANYON”

Arkansas River evening of rafting & cocktails with yummy appetizers.

Selected dates only: July 10,24,31 & August 7 2014. Minimum trip size: 6 Maximum group size: 15. Start time: 1:30 PM lasting approximately 4 hours.

EVENING RAFTING TRIPS: enjoy a scenic whitewater rafting trip with a classy rest stop on one of the Arkansas River’s side beaches for a relaxing break with the entertainment, a beer and/or spirits tasting & bites, organic delights. Dutch oven desserts and more. Browns Canyon is the heart of the beautiful world famous Arkansas river. Featuring gourmet delights; Appetizers, Local Distilleries, Vineyards, Tastings. Offered by Dvorak Expeditions, these unique trips bring refined cuisine style and whitewater together for you to experience one of Colorado’s most gorgeous river canyons.

Local Musicians, Local Brewery’s & Distillery’s, Salida Winery’s.

LET US CUSTOMIZE AN EVENT WITH DVORAK’S FOR YOUR OWN SPECIAL DATE!
Great for individuals, special occasions or exclusive small groups. Anniversary, Birthdays, Date night!
Black tie and fancy dress optional- Dvorak’s will dress for the occasion! Call for prices, will vary for each venue.

Duration: 4 hours

From $125 per person | Activity level: MODERATE

Sundown on Brown's Canyon
ARKANSAS RIVER: BigHorn Sheep Canyon 1 Day Rafting Tour
23 Miles | Class II-III | Full Day Adult & Youth

Here the canyon walls open to beautiful views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, rising to over 14,000 feet. The river flows from the high country it`s clear and teeming with trout. A gentle start moving into more challenging whitewater for the more experienced paddlers.

The meeting location is right on the river at Dvorak`s “Exclusive” Parkdale River Center. 11 miles west of Canon City or 56 Miles east of Salida on Highway 50. (See Map). Lunch is provided on full trips. All boating equipment is provided as well as rain gear and life jackets. Some dates have limited persons.

Duration: 7 hours

From $95 per person | Activity level: MODERATE

Big Horn Sheep
ARKANSAS RIVER: BigHorn Sheep Canyon 1/2 Day Rafting Tour
12 Miles | Class II-III | Half Day Adult Youth

Here the canyon walls open to beautiful views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, rising to over 14,000 feet. The river flows from the high country it`s clear and teeming with trout. A gentle start moving into more challenging whitewater for the more experienced paddlers. The meeting location is at Dvorak’s main base; 17921 US Highway 285, Nathrop, CO 81236. No Lunch is provided on half day trips. All boating equipment is provided as well as rain gear and life jackets. “BOOK EARLY” Some dates are limited persons.

Duration: 3.5 hours

From $60 per person | Activity level: MODERATE

Big Horn Sheep
ARKANSAS RIVER: BigHorn Sheep & Royal Gorge 1.5 Day Rafting Tour
2 Days | Class II-III up to IV+

ARKANSAS RIVER’S BIG HORN SHEEP CANYON & ROYAL GORGE:
These Canyon walls open to stunning views of the snow-covered Sangre-de-Cristo Mountains rising to over 14,000 feet. Your whitewater trip stretching between Salida and Canon City. These rapids are exciting level II to III and move up into Class IV+ for the Royal Gorge. An intermediate to advanced river experience. Class II-III. ROYAL GORGE :Listen to your heart pound… “The Gorge” was originally the location where boaters took out their boats, letting the Arkansas River charge on without them. The Royal Gorge has become the cutting edge of whitewater thrills throughout America’s southwest. Minimum age is 18 unless at lower water levels optional age restrictions depend on experience. Class IV-V

From $315 per person | Activity level: DIFFICULT

Arkansas River Rafting
ARKANSAS RIVER: Brown's and Bighorn Sheep Canyons 4 Days Rafting Tour
36 Miles | Class III-IV | 4 Day Adult, Youth

Start your trip with two days in the Granite walls of Browns Canyon. Remote away from the crowds where wildlife come to drink in the evening still. Continuing downstream you enter the canyons of the BigHorn Sheep. Here the river flows a little more serene but only to pick up speed and run wilder class III`s. A great family paddle adventure with just enough to keep beginners and challenging to all. Location for meeting is at Dvorak`s Nathrop office, 10 miles south of Buena Vista on Highway 285 (See Map)

This is the BEST whitewater thrill you`ll find close to Denver or Colorado Springs.

Duration: 4 days

From $675 per person | Activity level: MODERATE

Brown's Canyon
ARKANSAS RIVER: Brown's and Bighorn Sheep 3 Days Rafting tour
36 Miles | Class III-IV | 3 Day Adult, Youth

Start your trip with two days in the Granite walls of Browns Canyon. Remote away from the crowds where wildlife come to drink in the evening still. Continuing downstream you enter the canyons of the BigHorn Sheep. Here the river flows a little more serene but only to pick up speed and run wilder class III`s. A great family paddle adventure with just enough to keep beginners and challenging to all. Location for meeting is at Dvorak`s Nathrop office, 10 miles south of Buena Vista on Highway 285 (See Map)

This is the BEST whitewater thrill you`ll find close to Denver or Colorado Springs.

Duration: 3 days

From $515 per person | Activity level: MODERATE

Brown's Canyon
ARKANSAS RIVER: Brown's Canyon & The Numbers 2 Day Rafting Tour
18 Miles | Class IV | Full Day Adult (18 yrs+)

This section is home to world class kayak competitions. Runnable only at certain water levels and paddlers MUST be at least 18 years. Your endurance and paddle experience is tested here. An incredible section with Pine forest lining the river banks and the peaks of the Collegiate Mountains tower over 14,000 feet above the river corridor. Meeting for this trip at our Nathrop office (See Map) 10 miles south of Buena Vista on Highway 285.

Duration: 2 days

From $404 per person | Activity level: DIFFICULT

Brown's Canyon and The Numbers
ARKANSAS RIVER: (CO) Brown's Canyon - The Numbers 3 Day Rafting Tour
36 Miles | Class III-IV | 3 Day Adult (18yrs+)

Start your trip with two days in the Granite walls of Browns Canyon. Remote away from the crowds where wildlife come to drink in the evening still. Move downstream to the Royal Gorge where once the boaters let the river flow on alone. Now, because of state of the art equipment and better technical understanding, this section has become a thrilling whitewater adventure. Careful screening will decide who paddles this wild side of the Arkansas River. Experience is a must. Location for meeting is at Dvorak`s Nathrop office, 10 miles south of Buena Vista on Highway 285 (See Map)

This is the BEST whitewater thrill you`ll find close to Denver or Colorado Springs.

Duration: 3 days

From $531 per person | Activity level: DIFFICULT

Royal Gorge
ARKANSAS RIVER: (CO) Brown's Canyon & Royal Gorge 2 Day Rafting Tour
The Arkansas River – Browns Canyon’s 36 Miles is the most popular stretch of whitewater in the country. Camp on the banks of the granite canyon while guides will prepare meals. Relax, try your hand at fishing or fireside chat while the evening comes on. Wildlife will be coming down for a drink of the clear waters in the canyon. Meals lunch through lunch. Overnight trips require a minimum of 6 persons.

Duration: 2 days

From $404 per person | Activity level: DIFFICULT

ARKANSAS RIVER: Brown's Canyon 2 Day Overnight Tour
36 Miles | Class III-IV | 2 days

Arkansas River – Browns Canyon: Class III and IV, is 36 miles down the most popular stretch of whitewater in the country. Camp on the banks of the granite canyon while guides will prepare meals. Relax, try your hand at fishing or fireside chat while the evening comes on. Wildlife will be coming down for a drink of the clear waters in the canyon. All meals lunch through lunch. Overnight trips require a minimum of 4 persons.

Duration: 2 days

From $365 per person | Activity level: MODERATE

Brown's Canyon
ARKANSAS RIVER: Pine Creek (Class V Extreme) 1 Day Rafting Tour
Class IV-V | 1 day

The world famous Arkansas River will challenge the most experienced here in the stretch of raging whitewater and holes to avoid and navigate. This one is only for those who have paddled class IV or better before. Minimum age 18 years. We screen our paddle crews and require warm ups on the Royal Gorge or the Numbers prior to Pine Creek. Lunch is provided on the full day and we finish our day in the Numbers 1,2,3,4,5,6.

Location to meet is 17921 US Highway 285, Nathrop, CO 81236. 10 miles south of Buena Vista.

Duration: 7 hours

From $145 per person | Activity level: EXTREME

ARKANSAS RIVER: Royal Gorge 1/2 Day (Advanced) Rafting Tour
21 Miles | Class IV-V | Full Day Adult (18yrs+) prices listed are for weekends/weekdays

The Arkansas River’s Royal Gorge in Colorado was once the place where boaters let the river flow on alone. Now, because of state of the art equipment and better technical understanding, this section has become a thrilling and challenging whitewater rafting trip. Careful screening will decide who paddles this wild side of the Arkansas River. Experience is a must. Location for meeting is at Dvorak`s main base @ 17921 US Highway 285, Nathrop, CO 81236. Travel time 1.5 hours from Colorado Springs

BOOK THIS ONE EARLY!

Duration: 3 hours

From $75 per person | Activity level: DIFFICULT

Royal Gorge
ARKANSAS RIVER: Royal Gorge 1 Day (Advanced) Rafting Tour
21 Miles | Class IV-V | Full Day Adult (18yrs+) | Physically Strenuous

The Royal Gorge was once the place where boaters let the river flow on alone. Now, because of state of the art equipment and better technical understanding, this section has become a thrilling whitewater adventure. Raft under the world famous Royal Gorge Bridge 1400 feet above the river. Careful screening will decide who paddles this wild side of the Arkansas River. Experience is a must. Location for meeting is at Dvorak`s Main Base located at 17921 US Highway 285, Nathrop, CO 81236. 2.5 hours from Denver 2 hours from Colorado Springs, CO. SPECIAL TRIP OPTION; Get a big rapids twice with our DOUBLE DIP Royal Gorge! Ask about this upgrade.
BOOK THIS ONE EARLY!

Duration: 7 hours

From $125 per person | Activity level: DIFFICULT

Royal Gorge
ARKANSAS RIVER: Royal Gorge Double Dip 1 Day (Advanced) Rafting Tour
7 Hours | Very Strenuous

Get a big hit twice with our DOUBLE DIP Royal Gorge! The Royal Gorge was once the place where boaters let the river flow on alone. Now, because of state of the art equipment and better technical understanding, this section has become a thrilling whitewater adventure. Careful screening will decide who paddles this wild side of the Arkansas River. Experience is a must. Location for meeting is at Dvorak`s Exclusive Parkdale River Center situated on the river at the Gateway into the Gorge! (See Map) 11 miles west of Canon City about 1.5 hours from Colorado Springs.

BOOK THIS ONE EARLY!

From $145 per person | Activity level: DIFFICULT

ARKANSAS RIVER: Salida Canyon 1/2 Day Rafting Tour
12 Miles | Class II-III | Half Day Adult / Youth

A family vacation with several activities or the challenge here on the river where the walls open to beautiful views of the snow covered Sangre de Cristo Mountains, rising to over 14,000 feet. The rapids are less technical but no less exciting for an introductory river experience.

This half day trip is a perfect balance for young children and adults wanting to share a little whitewater with a fun day on the river.

Approximately 3 hours of clear crisp water. No lunch is provided on this half day adventure. Fully guided and all boating equipment included: rain gear, drinking water, personal floatation device.

Our Nathrop Office location (See Map) is approximately 2.5 hours from Denver and less than 2 from Colorado Springs.

Duration: 4 hours

From $60 per person | Activity level: EASY

ARKANSAS RIVER: Salida Canyon 1 Day Rafting Tour
12 Miles | Class III-IV | Full Day Adult/ Youth

A family vacation with several activities or the challenge here on the river where the walls open to beautiful views of the snow covered Sangre de Cristo Mountains, rising to over 14,000 feet. The rapids are less technical but no less exciting for an introductory river experience.

This full day trip is a perfect balance for young children and adults wanting to share a little whitewater with a fun day on the river.

Approximately 5 to 6 hours of clear crisp water. Lunch is provided on this full day adventure. Fully guided and all boating equipment included: rain gear, drinking water, personal floatation device.

Our Nathrop Office location (See Map) is approximately 2.5 hours from Denver and less than 2 from Colorado Springs.

BOOK EARLY some dates will fill quickly!

Duration: 8 hours

From $95 per person | Activity level: EASY