| cityWILD Adventures

January 20, 2018

Arkansas River Whitewater Rafting

cityWILD offers exciting whitewater rafting trips on the Arkansas River, located 2.5 hours southwest of Denver.  We offer half and full day trips down various sections of this beautiful and world-renowned river.  As a small operation designed to make your trip comfortable and unique, cityWILD is committed to making every adventure personal and inclusive.  All revenue supports cityWILD’s programming with urban youth in Northeast Denver.

The Features of the Arkansas Valley:

  • The Arkansas River is close enough to the Front Range to take a one-day excursion.
  • Brown’s Canyon has been designated as a National Monument and is an incredible natural wonder!
  • The Arkansas Valley is a natural playground.  Add a camping trip or rock climbing to your rafting adventure with cityWILD and explore what the valley has to offer!

Why raft with cityWILD Adventures?

cityWILD Adventures is actually a program of a non-profit called cityWILD. The mission of cityWILD is to bring the typically exclusive world of outdoor experiential education to a broad, inclusive audience. Our comprehensive, tuition-free programs promote themes of personal empowerment, leadership, and community participation while motivating participants to reach their full potential at school, at home, and in their communities. 

By rafting with cityWILD, you are directly supporting the tuition free programming that the organization provides to youth in Denver. 


The cityWILD Experience

Beyond just supporting cityWILD, you are also getting an experience that is unique for any commercial guiding company. cityWILD Adventures’ goal is to expand cityWILD’s mission by creating more accessible guided experiences to the broader public. This doesn’t just mean that we offer lower prices, it also means that all of our guides are trained to use language and guiding techniques that are inclusive of all cultures, genders, sexual orientations, abilities, and race. Our ego-free guides focus on enhancing your experience by using therapeutic techniques and facilitation practices.


Rafting through the newly created Browns Canyon National Monument is one of the most profound wilderness experiences you can have with cityWILD and is our most popular adventure that we take people on. With wild views and wild rapids, you are sure to have an amazing adventure! Check out the different ways you can access this adventure below:


  Browns Canyon Half Day: 3-4 hours • Class II-III • Beginner-intermediate • Lunch Option

Adult: $72 • Youth: $62 • Non-profit: $45 

Special public group pricing available at checkout


  Browns Canyon Full Day: 5-6 hours • Class III • Beginner-intermediate • Lunch Included

Adult: $90 • Youth: $70 • Non-profit: $52 

Special public group pricing available at checkout



Browns Canyon Overnight: 2 Days • Class III • Beginner-intermediate • All meals and dry bags to protect your belongings are included • Overnight Equipment Rental Available

Public: $220 • Non-profit: $45 


Please note that Brown’s Canyon trips may not be appropriate for children ages 13 and younger at certain water levels. Please review the information on the bottom of this page and read our terms and conditions for more information.


Trips on the sections of the Arkansas below Browns Canyon are just as magical, without quite so much splashing. This section of the river can perfect for families, younger groups, or just folks that like to adventure without so much adrenaline. This section offers all of the amazing views of the Browns Canyon trip but will more relaxed paddling.

  Lower Arkansas Half Day: 3-4 hours • Class II • Beginner • Lunch Option

Adult: $72 • Youth: $62 • Non-profit: $45 

Special public group pricing available at checkout



  Lower Arkansas Full Day: 5-6 hours • Class II • Beginner • Lunch Included

Adult: $90 • Youth: $70 • Non-profit: $52 

Special public group pricing available at checkout



If you don’t see a price that works for your group budget, please give us a call!

cityWILD does not accept drop-ins.  Advanced booking only.

Please familiarize yourself with our terms and conditions.

If you are paying by check please call us at 303-477-7238 or email

Age Restrictions and Water Levels – The minimum age on all cityWILD river trips is 7 If you want to know the water level on the Arkansas, you can check Mountain Buzz.  Because we only use paddle rafts and not oar boats, cityWILD does not raft the Arkansas in Browns Canyon with youth aged 13 and younger if the water level is above 2500 cfs.   All other times, youth must be ages 10 and older for Browns Canyon and 6 and older for the Stone Bridge to Salida or Big Bend to Salida sections.  On Mountain Buzz, scroll down to the Arkansas – Section 6 is Browns Canyon –  “Fisherman’s Bridge access to Stone Bridge Access”

Photos – After your trip, check back here and check out photos of yourself on Zoom Flume rapid (Browns Canyon only)! AVDI (the photographers) have generously offered our nonprofit clients a 25% discount on their photo purchases.  Call cityWILD to get your code!

Transportation– cityWILD provides all transportation related to your rafting trip after arrival at the Nathrop, Co office. Unfortunately cityWILD cannot provide transportation to/from it’s office in Nathrop, Co from Denver except for large, custom programs.

All trips are staffed with experienced, qualified guides. cityWILD is fully licensed, permitted and insured.