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Arkansas River Rafting Guide
The Arkansas River is well-known throughout Colorado for providing some of the best whitewater to be had. Boasting over 20 named rapids in a 9-mile section, the Royal Gorge section is an adrenaline-packed trip. There is a train that runs parallel to a good portion of this stretch, which offers a unique experience as you descend into some of the more chaotic rapids (make sure your paddle commands are loud…). Upstream, the Lower Bighorn Sheep Canyon section offers some mellower, yet still fun whitewater, while still having a Class V rapid for the more experienced boaters. These two sections can be combined to offer a fantastic, long single day trip.
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Lower Bighorn Sheep Canyon – Class II, III, IV & V
The Lower Bighorn Sheep Canyon offers excellent Class III whitewater, with one Class V rapid. There are multiple access points for this section, so you can pick your difficulty.
Royal Gorge – Class II, III, IV & V
The Royal Gorge section of the Arkansas River offers some of the best whitewater and scenery in Colorado. There are over 20 named rapids in this stretch, be ready for consistent, big whitewater.