For the best summer ride in Colorado plan on getting wet and enjoying some of the Royal Gorge Region’s world-famous attractions with Raft Masters in Cañon City, only 45 miles southwest of Colorado Springs. Whether it’s the relaxing sound of flowing water, the scenery, or the mild-to-wild thrill of world-class whitewater, the Arkansas River draws people from around the world to Raft Masters in the Royal Gorge region. With rapids that range from Class I to Class V there’s a trip for everyone.
There is no better way experience the Royal Gorge Region than from the river itself. When deciding how to choose a raft trip, Raft Masters suggests choosing a trip based on the level of difficulty, the ages of the participants (particularly children), your physical condition, length of trip and the type of raft (paddle or paddle assist) you prefer. It is also recommended to ask an outfitter how long they have been in business (with the current owners), the trips they run, as well as any additional costs you might expect such as rental fees for additional equipment like wetsuits and boots.
Whitewater rafting trips are available at Raft Masters from March through October. Water levels fluctuate throughout this period, so depending on what type of experience you’re looking for you should plan accordingly. Do you want the biggest waves and wettest rides? Then late May through June is best, when water levels are at their peak. In July water and air temperatures are rising and water levels are moderating, making for ideal rafting conditions. July is also the busiest month of the Colorado rafting season, and weekdays are generally less busy than weekends. August is warm and dry with lower water levels making for interesting rafting due to the technical challenge of the lower flows. Early and late season trips are relaxing-paced and uncrowded.
Do you want to do more than raft? Leave the planning to Raft Masters and experience Full-Day packages that combine a half day of rafting with other exceptional area attractions. Packages include Colorado Jeep Tours, the Royal Gorge Railroad, the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park, zip lining, ATV tours, skydiving, and more. Get more info and book any of these tours and packages by calling Raft Masters at (719) 275-6645, or visit them online at www.RaftMasters.com. The friendly staff at Raft Masters is ready to help you choose the right trip.