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Arkansas Royal Gorge
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Royal Gorge Arkansas River Class IV to V-

The Royal Gorge

The Royal Gorge is known for its big and powerful drops. Sheer walls, over 1000 feet high, channel the river into narrow, powerful rapids where the views are awe inspiring-if you have the time to look!

Royal Gorge River Rafting

We start this trip upstream in Bighorn Sheep Canyon and have the morning to prepare our skills before tackling the Gorge. This trip is tougher than the more playful Browns Canyon and previous experience is suggested.
Lower Arkansas River Full Day
Royal Gorge Age: 16 and up $122.00*

*9% land and water access fee.

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Trips depart at 9:30 AM. Please arrive 30-45 minutes early in order to dress and prepare.

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Royal Gorge trips meet at Pinnacle Rock Recreation Site, located 11.6 miles west of the junction of Hwy. 50 and Hwy. 9, which is 9 miles west of Canon City. There is parking, changing and restroom facilities at the site. Since we do not meet at our office, you will need to rent wetsuits, splash jackets, and shoes ahead of time. We will send you a rental reservation form with your confirmation that must be returned ahead of time. Photos and Tee-shirts are available at the end of the trip.

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Royal Gorge Pre-Trip Information
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What to bring
* *Wetsuit (High water or rainy days)
* Wool or pyle sweater or polypro (loaners available)
* *Wetshoes OR wool socks and old tennis shoes
* *Splash jacket
* Swim suit and/or shorts
* Hat or visor
* Sunglasses with securing strap
* Securing strap for prescription glasses
* Sunscreen and lip protection
* Water bottle -optional
* Money for souvenirs and guide gratuity (if appropriate)
* These items are recommended.
* * Rentals of wetsuits, wetshoes, and splash jackets need to be reserved in advanced. Once you have reserved your trip, you will be contacted and given the option to reserve this gear.

Can our group be on the same boat?

Up to seven guests plus the guide can paddle in a raft. We can take eight people if someone is willing to ride in the middle of the raft as a passenger. Groups larger than eight people must split between multiple rafts. We can tell you at the time of your reservation if your group will need to split up for other reasons.
Can I help paddle?

The paddle raft option is for our adventurous guests that want to have a hand in the action. Here, you are part of a crew and must contribute to the team effort in maneuvering the raft. The crew is captained by one of our qualified guides.
Will you teach me how to paddle?

Before every trip we conduct an in-depth participant safety orientation and paddling instruction. We regularly take first time rafters on most of our trips.
Can I just hold on?

You may elect to ride in an oar boat where the guide has complete control of the raft. This gives you freedom to admire the scenery and use both hands for holding on. This is a nice option if you have young children or senior citizens in your group. One or two non-paddling passengers may also ride on a paddle raft.
Expert Guides

A guide captains every boat. Our guides represent the most qualified professionals in the industry. Guides must attend a 5-day interview trip prior to being hired. They are thoroughly experienced in the techniques of river running and are first-aid and CPR certified. Before guiding their first commercial trip, our guides receive river training that far exceeds the state requirement. What sets our guides apart is the personal attention they give our participants. Our crew of fun loving professionals is dedicated to making each and every trip the finest possible.
We regularly conduct interpretive workshops to provide our guides with additional information on the natural, cultural, and political history of the rivers we run. We are proud of our staff and we know you will enjoy this fine group of people.
Is rafting safe?
Safety in any activity, including rafting, can never be guaranteed. Wilderness Aware can assume no responsibility for personal injury or for equipment lost or damaged in any way. We are, however, very proud of our outstanding 25 year safety record. Your safety is always our primary concern.
Cancellation Policy

If you cancel more than 10 days prior to trip departure, we will refund your entire payment less a $5/person cancellation fee for 1/2 and 1-day trips, and a $50/person cancellation fee for multi-day trips. If you cancel less than 10 days prior to trip departure, there is no refund. Trips are rarely cancelled due to river or weather conditions, or for lack of reservations. If we cancel the trip you will receive a full refund.

Trip Cancellation Insurance

For a nominal fee, you may elect to purchase trip cancellation insurance. This entitles you to a full refund if you cancel your trip 24 hours prior to the trip departure. Receive a trip credit valid for one year if you cancel less than 24 hours but not less than one hour before the trip departure time. Trip cancellation insurance can be purchased through Wilderness Aware.

Are there any additional charges?

Optional rental equipment and guide gratuities are not included in the trip price.
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