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Why Choose the HALF Day Royal Gorge?

If you're looking for an adrenaline-packed trip full of surprises, the Half Day Royal Gorge is for you! As you raft under the famous Royal Gorge Bridge, you'll be able to experience breathtaking views and the thrills of the most adventurous section of the Arkansas River.

The Run Down

Once you’re in the boat and heading down the Arkansas River, you will enjoy a short float where you can get to know your guide and practice your paddle strokes. Then the river narrows to only 25 feet wide and disappears into the 1100-foot gorge.

You and your crew will navigate this adventurous trip famous for its steep drops, huge waves, and action-packed rapids like Sunshine Falls, Sledge Hammer, and Boat Eater. Upon exiting the canyon, the water calms and you’ll find yourself arriving in Cañon City and heading back on a very short bus ride to Raft Masters. You’ll have the opportunity to purchase souvenirs for your friends and family and view the action-packed photos taken of you and your group on the biggest rapid of your trip.

The Details

This trip is available 7 days/week during our regular season (May 22 - September 7).
Morning trip: 8:15 am;  Afternoon trip: 12:45 pm

Check In
Check in is at 8:15 AM for the morning trip and 12:45 PM for the afternoon trip. Failure to arrive within 15 minutes of your check-in time will result in the cancellation of your trip.

Lunch Accommodations
Lunch is not included. However, an all-you-can eat buffet style lunch of hamburgers, hot dogs, fresh fruits and vegetables, chips, and drinks is available for purchase at our very own Eddy Out Café.

Age Requirements
This trip is typically available for ages 14 and up, but it can vary depending on water levels. Please call our office if you have questions about this requirement.

What Does Raft Masters Provide?
Raft Masters offers complimentary use of wetsuits, splash jackets, and river shoes. Helmets and life jackets are also required and provided.

What to Bring
Please bring sunglasses, a sunglasses retainer (i.e. Chums), sunscreen, lip balm, towel, and a dry change of clothes for after your trip. These are all available to purchase in our gift shop.

How Many Guests Per Boat?
We typically fit 6-8 people per boat depending on water levels and trip selection.

Special Accommodations
At Raft Masters, we will do everything possible to accommodate the needs of each guest. Please call our office at (719) 275-6645 if you have any questions or concerns.


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Whitewater to Wine
Pair any of our unique Arkansas River whitewater rafting trips with a private VIP tasting tour of the Holy Cross Abbey Winery. For an additional $30/adult or $15/child (20 and under), this add-on is the perfect way to experience rafting plus some of Colorado’s best wines.

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Segway Moto Track
After any morning, afternoon, or full day Arkansas River raft trip, add-on the thrill of riding your segway through the dips and turns of the World’s largest outdoor dirt moto track. There are multiple trip times every day to ensure this experience would fit in to any schedule! Prices start at $25 for 20 minutes.