Rock walls tower 1,200 feet on either side of you as you drift on a raft far below a suspension bridge. The rocks echo with the sound of rushing water as your raft heads toward churning Class V rapids. Once you start the plunge into the Royal Gorge run’s Sunshine Falls, Sledgehammer, and Narrows, experienced whitewater-rescue-certified tour guides set to work steadying your paddles and guiding your every move. On any excursion you choose, you’ll also be joined by safety kayakers, who provide support in tough areas and stand by ready to capture photographs of the day’s events.
Out of the water, you can still find an adventure with Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours’ eponymous course of nine ziplines spanning a 1-mile path through open air and tree canopies. The thrilling course lies at the end of a scenic hike through mountain terrain and historic stagecoach trails. Whether your expedition takes place the water, on a zipline, or on a mountain trail, you’ll end the excursion at the rustic Whitewater Bar & Grill, where guides will compile the day’s photos into a slide show so you can reminisce about your adventures and whether those grizzly bears were actually just large deer in bear costumes. Even when not adventuring, you can get a thrill playing volleyball and horseshoes outside the bar or dancing to live music each weekend.