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Half Day Royal Gorge Whitewater Rafting


16 yrs+




Royal Gorge

Time on River

2-4 hrs

Let’s Get Wet & Wild on The Legendary Royal Gorge!

Experience one of the best rafting adventures near Colorado Springs with the Royal Gorge raft trip. Navigate adrenaline-pumping, continuous, action-packed rapids through a magnificent canton that will excite even the most experienced whitewater enthusiasts. Conquer thrilling rapids such as Sunshine Falls, Sledgehammer, Squeeze Box, Boat Eater and many more as you journey beneath North America’s highest suspension bridge.

This is the ultimate advanced whitewater challenge for strong swimmers in good physical condition looking for “Big Water.” Please note, the minimum age for this trip may vary with river conditions and is typically around 16 years+.

Half Day

9:30 AM and 1:00 PM

Adult Price


Total Activity Time

Approx 4 Hours

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Free Wetsuits

& Gear

Complimentary wetsuits, 
booties, and splash jackets

Safety Record

Professional guides with
 extensive safety training

Flexible Cancellation 

Cancel 72 hours in advance for 
a full refund

Customer Service

Happiest guests on the 
river since 1986

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Full-Day Royal Gorge Whitewater Rafting in Colorado



Allow for:

Approx 6 Hours

Time on River

4 hours

Meet Times

9:30 AM
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Allow for:

Approx 3 Hours

Time on River

1.5 hours

Meet Times

8:45 AM and 12:00 PM
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0193 Co Rd 3A
Cañon City, CO 81212
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This trip meets 45 minutes prior to departure time at the Performance Tours Rafting office in Canon City, CO. Guest arrival time is indicated on your reservation confirmation. There is no need to arrive earlier.

We have ample parking at the Performance Tours Rafting office in Canon City, CO. for guests rafting the Royal Gorge and Bighorn Sheep Canyon. Once you have arrived at the office in Canon City, CO, Performance Tours will provide all shuttles. 

Performance Tours will provide transportation from the meeting location/office to the river, and back to the office where your vehicle is parked following the trip.

Performance Tours provides changing rooms at all our full-service offices in Buena Vista, Canon City, and Frisco, CO. Our facilities are clean, comfortable, and designed to enhance your experience.


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A half day Royal Gorge rafting trip generally lasts for 3-4 hours in total, with approximately 2 hours spent on the river. Performance Tours’ half day Royal Gorge rafting trips allow guests to experience the thrill of whitewater rafting while still having part of their day free for other activities.

The half day Royal Gorge whitewater rafting trip navigates through adrenaline-pumping class IV+ rapids on the Arkansas River and is considered an advanced rafting experience. First time paddlers and Royal Gorge beginners who are strong swimmers, in good physical condition and ready for a thrilling adventure are welcome to experience the world-class rafting in the Royal Gorge with our experienced raft guides. Guests who are not strong swimmers and/ or are looking for a more relaxed rafting experience, can opt for one of our class III trip options, like Bighorn Sheep Canyon or Browns Canyon National Monument.

While specific dates can vary year to year, the prime season for experiencing a half-day Royal Gorge rafting adventure typically runs from late spring through the summer months. May through early September provides the optimal balance of water levels and weather conditions for Royal Gorge rafting.

Yes, there are age and skill requirements for participating in a half-day Royal Gorge rafting trip due to the advanced nature of the whitewater rapids. Participants are usually required to be in good physical condition, and strong swimmers capable of self-rescue. In addition to the rafting skills requirements, we also require that all Royal Gorge guests are at least 16 years old in most conditions, though the minimum age may drop to 14 years during lower flows. 

Absolutely! Many of our whitewater rafting guests travel to the Royal Gorge from Breckenridge while on vacation. It is about a two hour drive to the Royal Gorge from Breckenridge, and the drive is very scenic and enjoyable. 

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