Don’t miss your opportunity for an epic Colorado rafting adventure on America’s most popular whitewater rafting river! 

Wilderness Aware raftingThe Arkansas River offers unsurpassed views of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks, glorious canyon walls and the best rapids in the West. And it’s all just over a two-hour drive from Denver. 

Here are the Top 10 reasons to take an Arkansas River raft trip during a Denver visit:

1. No. 1 Rafting Destination — The Arkansas River in central Colorado is America’s most popular whitewater river for good reason. Hosting nearly a quarter of a million visitors each year, the river offers fantastic boating for people of all ages. With more than 100 miles of exciting water to choose from, there are trips for nearly everyone.

2. Easy Access — Launching-off points for trips on the Arkansas River are just over a two-hour drive from Denver and close to the mountain towns of Buena Vista and Salida. Summertime brings an easy, beautiful drive that takes you over several paved mountain passes and the chance to see wildlife such as deer and antelope among the state’s vast open lands. Wilderness Aware is located along your drive, just off Highway 285 in Johnson Village.

3. Variety — Wilderness Aware offers a variety of whitewater rafting trips, including mild water float trips, fast-paced and splashy beginner/intermediate trips and action-packed advanced white water. Kids as young as 4 years old, timid people, moderate adventure seekers, high-adventure seekers will find their needs met. Popular trips are on the nearby sections of Browns Canyon, Numbers and Royal Gorge.

4. Visit a National MonumentBrowns Canyon National Monument is in one of Colorado’s most remote and scenic canyons. The only way to really experience it is to go rafting through it. Designated in 2015, the 21,586-acre national monument encompasses pristine canyons, rivers and backcountry forest. Stretched between the communities of Buena Vista and Salida in Chaffee County, Colo., elevation ranges from 7,300 feet to 10,000 feet, offering stunning views of the Arkansas Valley and the Sawatch Range of the Rocky Mountains. The monument is remote and primitive, with rugged terrain and limited development. It is also home to elk, mule deer, bighorn sheep, black bear, bobcat and mountain lion.

5. Get away from it all — Whitewater rafting with Wilderness Aware is an easy way to camp in the mountains if you don’t have camping gear or experience. Or it can provide a nice break from organizing everything if you do have experience. Check out videos of two- to five-day camping trips on the Arkansas River. Exciting rapids, beautiful scenery, delicious meals and family bonding! Raft to your destination, where in your self-contained camp you’ll sleep under the stars or in a tent by the river. Your equipment is provided and river guides prepare delicious meals.

6. See the Lower 48’s highest peaks — See the highest mountain range in the contiguous United States as you float the Arkansas River. The Sawatch Range in central Colorado has eight of the twenty highest peaks in the Rocky Mountains, including Mount Elbert at 14,433 feet, the highest peak in the Rockies.

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7. Make it a scenic drive — Make your drive a scenic loop by taking Highway 285 from Denver through South Park and returning via Interstate 70. Your route will take you right by Wilderness Aware’s 17-acre facility on the banks of the Arkansas River. You’ll see towering, snow-covered peaks and possibly wildlife. On the return route you can visit the historic town of Leadville, the highest incorporated town in America, and the ski mecca of Summit County.

8. Make new friends — Spend the day with some of the coolest people on the planet: river guides. Wilderness Aware guides are intelligent and interesting men and women who love to share the river with you.They are skilled in making your river trip fun and adventurous for everyone in your group. Reviewers on Trip Advisor consistently name our knowledgeable and entertaining staff members as a highlight of their river experiences.

9. What else but the weather? — The Colorado Rockies area has fantastic summer weather with comfortable temperatures and low humidity. Rarely does it rain all day, with only occasional short afternoon showers. Colorado boasts more than 300 days of sunshine a year and there are virtually no annoying bugs. While visiting Denver, you are in the perfect location to enjoy the outdoors!

10. Professional service — In operation since 1976, Wilderness Aware has been recognized as an industry leader by twice winning the “Colorado Company of the Year Award”, Colorado’s most prestigious business honor. Wilderness Aware also won the Better Business Bureau’s "Excellence in Customer Service Award" and has almost 1000 five-star reviews on Trip Advisor. Join us and see why Wilderness Aware is Colorado’s most decorated adventure outfitter.

The Arkansas River has outdoor whitewater fun for everyone! Visit or call 800-462-7238 to learn more.