Whitewater Rafting Programs
Our whitewater rafting experience pits you against the roaring Arkansas River as it fights its way along the sheer rock walls of the Brown’s Canyon of the Arkansas. After receiving instruction from our certified River Guides, your crew will join them for two days of exciting – often times wet – whitewater rafting. At a length of 1,459 miles, the Arkansas River is the 4th longest river in the United States and the 16th longest on the planet. The source of the river is near Leadville, Colorado on the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains. The river flows in a southeasterly direction through Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
Of course, water levels and state rationing change the plans, but a typical trip looks like the following. The first day will take you 16 miles down the Arkansas River from Fisherman’s Bridge through Browns Canyon and on to Stone Bridge. You will learn to navigate your raft, read the river and feel the power of whitewater rapids. You will get wet!! You will experience the famous “Browns Canyon Whitewater”, the most popular rafting section of the river & most popular in the USA. You can expect to ride on Class III, and IV+ rapids in Brown Canyon. A filling lunch will be served at Hecla Junction, half way through your day, and an opportunity to take in the beautiful Arkansas River. After a well deserved break, you will continue on towards Stone Bridge where our Staff will pick you up and return you to RMHAB for dinner and an evening of relaxation in the exhilarating natural surroundings of base camp.
On another day, your crew will be taken to the Parkdale put-in for more world class whitewater ranging from class II to class IV rapids. Your Guide will stop for you to take a cold swim in the river. Be sure to keep a lookout on your river left for Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep hanging out around the river and watch for all the fantastic rock formations. The memories you’ll build riding the Arkansas Whitewater will last a lifetime.
Raft the Royal Gorge
This is a special offer from Rocky Mountain to allow crews a chance to challenge the whitewater thru the Royal Gorge. This program is not part of our regular package. The Gorge offers VERY extreme water and we only take crews that have previous rafting experience or have rafted the first two days with us, and are age 16 and over. This is some of the best whitewater in the country and it has the stories to prove it. If you are looking for that supreme adventure scenario that is going to challenge your crew's teamwork ability, this is the trip for you!! There will be an extra charge of $75.00 per person for the Gorge adventure depending on when this portion of the river is done. If your crew is willing to challenge the gorge, see the Program Director or Base Director after check-in to arrange this trip. This is a limited program and is on a first come first serve basis. Royal Gorge trips are usually booked on Wednesdays. There are times when the Gorge is simply not safe and we will not float this area. At times of high water or extreme low water, this trip is not advised and it is closed by the state authority over the river.