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    Arkansas River Rafting in Colorado

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    Echo Canyon River Expeditions
    Echo Canyon River Expeditions
    Location: Canon City, CO
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    Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center
    Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center
    Location: Salida, CO
    Price: $44.00-$109.00
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    Arkansas River Rafting Trips
      Granite Gorge Rafting
        Put-in: Granite, CO
      Take-out: Numbers put-in
      Difficulty: Class III-V
      Length: 5.5 miles
      The Numbers Rafting
        Put-in: Numbers Put-in
      Take-out: Railroad Bridge
      Difficulty: Class III+ < 1000cfs
    Class IV: 1000 cfs to 22
      Length: 5 miles
      Narrows-Frog Rock Rafting
        Put-in: Railroad Bridge
      Take-out: Buena Vista baseball fields
      Difficulty: Class III < 2200 cfs
    Class IV > 2200 cfs
      Length: 7 miles
      Buena Vista Town Run Rafting
        Put-in: Buena Vista baseball fields
      Take-out: Johnson's Village
      Difficulty: Class III
      Length: 2.5 miles
      Milk Run Rafting
        Put-in: Johnson Village Bridge
      Take-out: Fisherman's Bridge
      Difficulty: Class II
      Length: 6 miles
      Browns Canyon Rafting
        Put-in: Fisherman's Bridge
      Take-out: Stone Bridge
      Difficulty: Class III-IV
      Length: 12 miles
      Salida West Rafting
        Put-in: Stone Bridge
      Take-out: Salida Whitewater Park
      Difficulty: Class II, III
      Length: 9.3 miles
      Salida East Rafting
        Put-in: Salida Whitewater Park
      Take-out: Rincon
      Difficulty: Class II, III
      Length: 9.4 miles
      Rincon to Pinnacle Rock Rafting
        Put-in: Rincon
      Take-out: Pinnacle Rock Recreation Area
      Difficulty: Class II, III
      Length: 27.9 miles
      Pinnacle Rock to Parkdale Rafting
        Put-in: Pinnacle Rock Recreation Area
      Take-out: Parkdale Recreation Area
      Difficulty: Class III-IV
      Length: 7.7 miles
      Royal Gorge Rafting
        Put-in: Parkdale Recreation Area
      Take-out: Centennial Park
      Difficulty: Class III-IV
      Length: 11.5 miles


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    Rafting on the mighty Arkansas River

    The Arkansas River stretches across America for 1460 miles from the Continental Divide near Leadville, Colorado to the mouth of the Mississippi River at the Mississippi-Arkansas state line. That makes the Arkansas River the 6th longest river in the United States. From its source below Mount Elbert (14,431 ft), the highest peak in the state, the Arkansas River drops a whopping 10,000 ft in the first 125 miles as it courses through Lake, Chaffee and Fremont Counties. This mountainous section of clear water creates a playground for whitewater rafting as the Arkansas River provides some of the nation's best known whitewater rafting on the Granite Gorge, the Numbers, Browns Canyon and the Royal Gorge.

    Yet before it became a rafting destination, the Arkansas River already had a colorful history as big and wild as the American West itself. The first European to see the Arkansas river was a Spaniard named Juan de Ulibarri who came across the river in 1706 near present day Canon City. He arrived during the spring runoff when the river filled its banks with a swirling mass of chocolate brown water carried down from the mountains above. He quickly dubbed the river "Napestle" -- a Native American word that means "red water".

    Nearly a century later Zebulon Pike and his men traveled the rugged upper reaches of the Arkansas Valley on their mission to explore the southern sections of the Louisiana Purchase.

    Today, the Arkansas River Valley has been settled and provides an excellent opportunity to experience some of the best white water rafting in the nation. Throughout this section of our website, you'll find the Arkansas River rafting outfitters that can make your dream vacation happen.

    Written by Nathan Ward and Brad Goettemoeller

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    Map of Arkansas River Rafting and Arkansas River Whitewater Rafting: Arkansas River Colorado
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    Sample Rafting Company
    Sample Rafting Company
    Location: Sample, OR
    Price: $37.00-$1,500.00
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    River Runners Colorado
    River Runners Colorado
    Location: Buena Vista & Canon City, Colorado, CO
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