Whitewater rafting pits swift wits and arm strength against the current, much like plugging a leak in a submarine with only one’s thumb. Challenge Mother Nature with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $53 for a half-day rafting adventure for two on a beginner-and-intermediate route (a $106 value)
- $100 for a half-day rafting adventure for four on a beginner-and-intermediate route (a $212 value)<p>
Certified guides lead groups of two or four on trips down the Arkansas River during half-day rafting adventures. Rafters can choose either of American Adventure Expeditions’ beginner/intermediate rafting courses, which explore Brown’s Canyon or Bighorn Sheep Canyon for three hours. Brown’s Canyon is said to be one of the best rafting sites in the world due to its balance of thrilling rapids and calm, placid floating stretches that allow visitors to witness majestic Colorado scenery. Bighorn Sheep Canyon, which snakes through San Isabel National Forest, is home to myriad wildlife, especially bighorn sheep, which often roam the cliffs in herds of 10–20 looking for opponents for kickball games.<p>
American Adventure Expeditions
With diverse backgrounds ranging from studying extraterrestrial fluvial geomorphology to being born in the jungle of Chitwan National Forest in Nepal, American Adventure Expeditions’ certified guides shepherd rafters of all experience levels down sections of the Arkansas River, navigating rapids of varying intensity and trip lengths. Half-day, full-day, and overnight trips plunge into world-class runs such as The Numbers, an advanced route with powerful Class IV rapids gushing through tight passages and down steep drops, or the more family-friendly Class II and III waters found within Brown’s Canyon for mild bumps and splashing contests with ill-tempered salmon.
Guides also pair up aquatic excursions with other extreme thrills such as mountain biking and zipline tours for combo adventures, or skip the water entirely during land-based adventures such as the Royal Gorge Route Railroad train tour. Additionally, two outposts sit along the river, and offer snacks, restrooms, and picnic areas.