Royal Gorge Rafting

Adventure Rafting on Colorado’s Arkansas River

Exciting | Thrilling | Epic

The Royal Gorge is one of the most thrilling and exciting whitewater rafting trips on the Arkansas River. Enjoy the beauty and thrill of God’s creation as you experience 1,000 foot high canyon walls, confront exciting Class V rapids, and see the infamous Royal Gorge Bridge. World-class whitewater rafting starts here on your next Colorado Rafting adventure!

Know Before You Go

The Royal Gorge is a serious section of river facing Class III-V Rapids. The half-day trip is not a suitable introduction for beginners. The full-day trip starts in Bighorn Canyon giving beginners an appropriate introduction to rafting before facing the intermediate to advanced section of the Royal Gorge. The minimum age is 14 at low or moderate flows, 18 at high flows. Previous class III or higher paddling experience and strong swimming ability are recommended for all guests. For the safety of our guests and guides, we cannot take guests who are over 250lbs, individuals with a history of heart problems, or those who are poor swimmers or unable to swim.

Full-Day Royal Gorge

Our Full-Day Royal Gorge trip is the perfect blend of breathtaking scenery and high-adventure whitewater rafting. This full day adventure is the best way to experience the excitement and thrill of both the Royal Gorge and Bighorn Sheep Canyon. Spectacular scenery, 15-foot rock jumps, and world-class whitewater rafting are just a few things you will enjoy on this Colorado Rafting adventure! Learn More…
Ages:
14-Adult
Skill Level:
Advanced
Duration:
6-7 Hours
Departs From:
Royal Gorge Office or Texas Creek Office
Cost:
Adults (14+): $105

Half-day Royal Gorge

Our Half-Day Royal Gorge trip is for those seeking to quench their thirst for adventure. This wild ride will take you through world-class whitewater rafting and under the infamous Royal Gorge Bridge while being surrounded by towering 1,000 foot rock walls. Enjoy a quick break at our 15-foot jump rock and take a plunge into the Arkansas River. Experience our intentional ministry, breathtaking scenery, and continuous whitewater rafting on this amazing Colorado Rafting Trip. Learn More…
Ages:
14-Adult
Skill Level:
Advanced
Duration:
2-3 Hours
Departs From:
Royal Gorge Office or Texas Creek Office
Cost:
Adults (14+): $69

Royal Gorge Double Dip

Our Double Dip Royal Gorge is for the adventure-seeking adrenaline junky. This full-day adventure allows you to enjoy the thrill and excitement of rafting the Royal Gorge twice in one day! Experience the incredible Class IV-V Rapids of the Gorge in the morning, have a delicious riverside lunch, and then hit world-class whitewater rafting again in the afternoon. This trip is not for the faint of heart and will truly satisfy your thirst for excitement! Come enjoy the breathtaking scenery and adventurous rafting with us on this epic Colorado Rafting adventure! Learn More…
Ages:
14-Adult
Skill Level:
Advanced
Duration:
6-7 Hours
Departs From:
Royal Gorge Office
Cost:
Adults (14+): $135

Rafting with a Purpose

As a Christ-centered Wilderness Ministry, Journey Quest strives to have a greater purpose behind all of our trips than just having fun. Our Royal Gorge rafting trips are perfect for those wanting grow in a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ while having an adventure of a lifetime. Our guides seek opportunities to use even a couple hours together on the river to share about the love and grace that is found in Jesus Christ. Whether you’re already a Christ-follower or if you’ve never come to know Him, we would love to share what He’s done in our lives and encourage you to take the next step in faith – whether that be increasing in love for Him or beginning a lifelong relationship with Jesus. Read more about how and why we do this at Why Journey Quest?

What Our Guests Are Saying

“Unforgettable experience!”
Kyle G
Via TripAdvisor
“From beginning to end, this was an incredible experience! Kody Adcock was my guide for the day, but the entire staff and crew was wonderful! They made me feel so comfortable and we had plenty of laughs along the way...The water was wonderful, the stories were spectacular, and the scenery was amazing! I'd recommend a trip with JourneyQuest to anyone looking for an adventure and ready to get their adrenaline going! Thanks guys!” Read Full Review
“Pleasant surprise”
Bob K
Sanger, Texas
“We floated the Gorge with Journey Quest before we attended a John Eldridge bootcamp...Everyone knew immediately God put us with them as the float adventure tied in with the spiritual bootcamp perfectly. Everyone felt like John was talking to our group at the bootcamp. We had a great time with both adventures and look forward to doing it again next year.” Read Full Review
“Get ready to get wet and be amazed!”
WittyFool
Greeley, Colorado
“Our terrific guide showed us the glories of the amazing Royal Gorge, complete with anecdotes and a demand to row (forward 2!). I must admit that I may have missed some of the amazing Gorge because my eyes were shut as I paddled through waves breaking over my head, but I never felt amiss with Denise behind me. If you only see one part of Colorado's amazing beauty, be sure you see it with one of the Journey Quest guides. And don't be afraid to GET WET!!!” Read Full Review
“Fantastic, fun, faith-built company!”
Brian S
Des Moines, Iowa
“We did the full day trip through the Bighorn Sheep Canyon and Royal Gorge on our honeymoon, and absolutely loved it...Nicki, our guide was absolutely amazing... personable, friendly, knowledgeable and in control, and did a great job of making the trip safe and fun for everybody. It was refreshing to be with other believers. You could see the love of Christ in the staff members faces, and they were unashamed of Christ, but definitely not pushy with their faith...We had the ride of our lives, and if we're ever back in that area again, we'll definitely be re-booking with Journey Quest! ” Read Full Review
“Full Day Adventure – Royal Gorge Whitewater Rafting Trip”
Kfk73
Cedarburg, Wisconsin
“We went on the Full Day Adventure Royal Gorge Whitewater Rafting Trip. It was a wonderful trip and I would highly recommend it for those who love whitewater rafting. We went in August so the river was down some, but we still had great rapids and a very enjoyable trip. Our guide did an excellent job. If we lived closer we would go several times a year. The kids thought the whitewater rafting trip was the best activity we did while in Colorado.” Read Full Review
River Map of the Royal Gorge

About The Royal Gorge

The Royal Gorge is one of the deepest canyons in Colorado with some of the best whitewater rafting in State. With a maximum depth of 1,250 feet, it’s considered the Grand Canyon of the Arkansas River. Measuring 30 feet wide at its base and only 300 feet at the top, this canyon is a spectacular site to behold.

Discover the Adventure

The Royal Gorge is known for its world-class whitewater rafting, the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, and the Royal Gorge Train that runs along the base of the canyon. You will also find excellent hiking trails that lead you into this spectacular canyon and trails along the rim of the canyon as you near the edge of the steep canyon cliffs.

Adventure Whitewater Rafting

Rafting the Arkansas River through the Royal Gorge is by far the best way to experience the beauty and thrill of the canyon. Facing high-adrenaline Class IV-V rapids such as Sunshine Falls, Sledgehammer, Wallslammer, and the Narrows will leave you soaked, waiting for your next whitewater rafting adventure. This section of river is perfect for those looking to satisfy their craving for adventure and thrill. Grab your friends and family and experience the breathtaking Colorado whitewater rafting of the Royal Gorge!

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