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6 Reasons to Go Whitewater Rafting in the Royal Gorge

Reasons to Rafting the Royal Gorge in Colorado with Colorado's best raft company

Every summer our guests rave about their experience rafting the Royal Gorge. From the top-notch guides to the wonderful weather and world-class whitewater; there are so many reasons to raft the Royal Gorge. Performance Tours Rafting offers an authentic adventure with professional guides and a personalized experience. Our attention to detail is unmatched, and our guests appreciate our commitment to quality customer service. Welcome to the Performance Tours Family.

1. Adrenaline Pumping AdventureRoyalGorgeBigSplash2

Crash through big waves while navigating world-famous rapids with some of the most experienced guides in Colorado – here are a few options for whitewater rafting in the Royal Gorge. Hold on to your paddle as you blast through Sunshine Falls, Sledgehammer, Wallslammer, Boateater, and many more as the river winds beneath the world’s highest suspension bridge. This thrilling and exhilarating ride is a true Colorado bucket list adventure. Pro Tip: Go for the Full Day Royal Gorge raft trip and experience twice the number of rapids with a riverside lunch!

2. Rafting all Summer Long

The Royal Gorge on the Arkansas River has one of the longest rafting seasons in Colorado. Typically, the Royal Gorge rafting season begins in April and runs into September, providing ample opportunity for whitewater rafting in the Royal Gorge. It’s fun and splashy at every water level, making early and late season river trips a blast!

3. Perfect River Weather

A day on the river is the best way to spend a summer day. When temperatures soar into the 90’s, Colorado natives know where to find relief. The secret to beating the heat can be found on the Arkansas River. Warm up with sunshine and scenery and cool down with a face full of whitewater. In other parts of Colorado, river temperatures might be cool enough to warrant a wetsuit all summer long. Thanks to the warm climate in Cañon City, the water temperature in the Royal Gorge can reach a comfortable 70 degrees in the late Summer months – that’s about as warm as it gets in the Rocky Mountains!

4. Classic Colorado Experience

You don’t come to Colorado to binge Netflix in your air bnb all day long. Whether you’ve lived here for decades, or you are spending a holiday weekend in Denver – each beautiful day offers a new experience. Whitewater rafting inn the Royal Gorge is a classic Colorado adventure that you’ll be talking about for years to come. Learn about local geology, catch a glimpse of wildlife, and hear the unique history of the Royal Gorge area. Experience pure Colorado on the Royal Gorge.

5. Instagram Worthy Scenery

These sights will take your breath away. You’ll wind through the canyon, gazing up the 1000-foot tall granite walls beneath Colorado bluebird skies. With no technological distractions – cell phones are discouraged on the river – you’ll enjoy every moment and memory of whitewater rafting in the Royal Gorge. Don’t worry about capturing these moments on your iPhone, our professional photographers will snap an album of photos you’ll have access to after the trip and online at

6. Road Trip!

Cañon City is centrally located about 1 hour from Colorado Springs and 2 hours from Denver. It’s an ideal distance for the perfect escape from the city. The drive is an excellent Denver day trip, passing by the Garden of the Gods, a national natural landmark famous for the spectacular red rock formations. You’ll see mountains, canyons, rivers, and a high-alpine desert – experiencing the diverse landscapes of Colorado.

Performance Tours has provided Colorado guests whitewater rafting trips in the Royal Gorge and other Colorado rivers since 1986. We have half-day, full-day and overnight trips for all ages and abilities, from mild family, floats to wild class 4-5 whitewater. Check out our Royal Gorge whitewater rafting trips, Browns Canyon rafting adventures, and half-day trips on the Blue River in Summit County.