August Raft Trips
A day on the river beats spending the day just about anywhere else. Sure, we love high water and big splashes just as much as the next rafting company, but in late summer when the river flows taper off, we shift our focus to sunshine, scenery and make the most of every moment on the river. Our favorite August raft trips take advantage of family-friendly flows and explore some of the most beautiful landscape Colorado has to offer.
Browns Canyon National Monument
There’s a reason Browns Canyon continues to be one of the most popular whitewater rafting destinations in North America. This section of the Arkansas River is truly fun at every water level, and one of our favorite August rafting trips at the PT office. There’s a great balance of class II and III rapids, breathtaking canyon scenery, and even a spot to jump into the Arkansas River for a quick dip! Browns Canyon was recently designated a National Monument, and we feel the best way to explore this area is a river tour with a professional guide.
If you’re looking for a river adrenaline rush this time of year, the Royal Gorge is the place to find it. Royal Gorge trips depart from our Cañon City office, about 2 hours south of Breckenridge and less than an hour from Colorado Springs. This section of the Arkansas River is often referred to as the Grand Canyon of Colorado, and boats navigate class 4 rapids beneath towering canyon walls. Our professional guides will share fun facts and knowledge about the area in between splashes while expertly navigating technical rapids.
Bighorn Sheep Canyon
Bighorn Sheep Canyon, a.k.a. Parkdale, is the family-friendly section of the Arkansas River just north of the Royal Gorge. This time of year, guests can expect splashy class II-III rapids, warm temperatures, plenty of sunshine, and the occasional bighorn sheep sighting. This section of river is home to Colorado’s largest herd of bighorn sheep and is an ideal whitewater rafting trip for beginners or first-timers.