Deals & Coupons

There’s nothing like the experience of white water rafting on Colorado’s rivers, but let’s face it – it’s nice to save money while doing incredible experiences, too! Check out the current white water rafting deals below and find some savings for your adventure with us. Looking for Bighorn Sheep Canyon or Royal Gorge rafting coupons? You’re in the right place! Coupon codes can be used when booking online , or if you prefer the phone just mention you have a coupon code prior to submitting your credit card info.

Royal Gorge rafting coupons available everyday at Echo Canyon

$5 OFF any trip departing from Echo Canyon location

Everyone deserves a deal! Book any regular priced raft trip (half-day, full-day or package trip departing from Echo Canyon) and receive $5 off per person. If you book by phone mention coupon code DEAL2022. If you reserve online be sure to add the coupon code at check-out!

Restrictions: Not valid with other offers or discounts. Not valid on special event trips or packages. Must mention at time of booking; cannot be applied to prior reservations and cannot be applied upon check-in. Good only for trips departing from the Echo Canyon office; Echo Canyon does reserve trips/activities that depart from our vendor partners’ offices. Offer expires September 30th, 2022.

White water rafting gift certificates available at Echo Canyon River Expeditions

Echo Canyon Gift Certificates

Order Gift Certificates by calling our office at 1-800-755-3246.

Echo Canyon Gift Certificates can be purchased in $100 amounts and do not expire, but all of our trips are booked on a space available basis and all raft trips must depart from our Echo Canyon office. Recipients are strongly encouraged to call us when they are ready to reserve a trip date. Recipients can upgrade to a higher priced trip and pay the difference in price, but refunds are not available if a recipient wants to join us for a lesser priced trip. Gift Certificates will be sent to the buyer via email.

Echo Canyon Gift Certificate Restrictions

Recipients can upgrade to a higher priced trip and pay the difference in price but refunds are not available if a recipient wants to join us for a lesser priced trip.

Whitewater rafting deals for groups with Echo Canyon River Expeditions

Group Discounts

Groups of 12 or more guests rafting from our Echo Canyon River Expeditions office near Canon City are eligible for group discounts which may a better deal than one of our coupon codes. Contact our friendly and knowledgeable group booking staff for accurate pricing and group discounts. You may also want to visit our group rafting page to learn more and see the variety of rafting trips that are best for large groups.

White Water Rafting Coupons Disclaimer

All of our white water rafting deals mentioned above guarantee you savings for the dates mentioned in the restrictions section. Using the coupon codes is the sure-fire way to save some bucks when reserving online or over the phone. We always want to be able to offer you some type of savings, so you’ll always be able to find Bighorn Sheep Canyon or Royal Gorge rafting coupons listed above. Please understand that we do require white water rafting coupons be added at the time of booking – we are not able to apply discounts after payment has already been received. A maximum of one coupon code or discount is allowed per reservation. If you have questions about our coupons please call prior to making your reservation so we can assist you.

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What to Wear and What Not to Wear on Your Rafting Trip

What you wear is one of the most important considerations for a first-time whitewater rafter. If you make the wrong choice, you can spend the whole day too hot or too cold, or just generally uncomfortable.

Fortunately, you’re someone who does your research before setting out on a new adventure. By the end of this article, you will know the do’s and don’ts of rafting gear , setting you up for a fun and comfortable day on the river.

What’s Provided For You

Before we go over what you want to bring, let’s cover what you don’t need to bring. At Echo Canyon Rafting and most rafting outfitters, there will be some items available at no extra cost and others for your convenience that cost a bit extra. Your safety gear, which includes your personal floatation device (PFD or life jacket) and helmet, are provided for everyone.

Depending on the weather, and what equipment you bring with you, you might also choose to rent a wetsuit, splash jacket (like a wind breaker but designed more for white water), and river shoes. Check with your rafting outfitter in advance to ensure that these are provided if you’ll be rafting on a chilly day, but at Raft Echo, there is no need to book in advance — we have a large inventory of rentals.

Your Must-Bring Packing List for Whitewater Rafting

Part 1: What You Want to Wear While Rafting

When it comes to what you wear, there is one rule to remember: don’t wear cotton! Synthetic layers are best. When cotton gets wet it stays wet for a while, clinging to your skin and drawing away body heat. It’s uncomfortable and cold, no matter the air temperature.

family fun on Bighorn Sheep Canyon

On a warm day, we recommend that you wear the following during your rafting trip:

  • Swimsuit or board shorts
  • Quick drying shorts over swimsuit for women
  • Short sleeve or long sleeve synthetic shirt for warm days
  • Long sleeve microfleece or warmer synthetic layer up top for cooler days
  • Secure footwear (no flip flops) like sport sandals, tennis shoes, or water shoes
  • **Be sure everything you wear is synthetic material like nylon, not cotton**

Keep in mind that you may want to wear long sleeves even on a warmer day to help protect yourself from the sun . This is also true for pants; if you find that you burn easily, you might want to wear thin, synthetic pants like yoga pants to provide an extra layer of protection.

When it’s a bit colder, even on a day in the 70’s, you should strongly consider renting wetsuits and splash jackets to help keep you warm. If you happen to have your own wetsuit or rain jacket, feel free to bring it along. Echo Canyon also has these items for rent if it makes your packing easier.

Part 2: Other Necessities and Helpful Items

Once you make sure that you’re wearing the appropriate attire, you can concentrate on other things that can make your day more comfortable. In addition to the clothing that you plan to wear on the trip itself, we recommend that you also bring on your rafting trip:

  • Dry clothes to change into after your trip
  • A towel if you want to dry off before changing
  • A jacket to warm up after rafting on cool days
  • Sunglasses with a strap to keep them secure
  • A water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Snacks for before and after
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You can keep all of this in your car when you’re rafting and give us the keys so that they don’t fall out during your trip.

Prepare for Being Hungry After!

sixteen draft beers available at 8 Mile Bar & Grill

After a half-day or full-day of paddling down the river, you’re likely to want some delicious food and cooling drinks to refuel. When you finish rafting, you can always grab a bite and a cold beer or other refreshing drink at the 8 Mile Bar and Grill located at our Raft Echo headquarters in Cañon City.

Have Additional Questions?

If you’re still wondering what’s appropriate to bring and what you should leave at home, give us a call! We can chat with you about the weather and what we would recommend for you wear that day in particular.

Just remember, you’re going to get wet, so don’t wear cotton and wear a base layer of swim clothes. And plan for a sunny day with sunscreen or long sleeve clothing as Colorado is a gloriously sunny state!

Your Complete Guide to Planning a Rafting Trip

Beginner rafting on the Arkansas River

When it comes to enjoying the scenic beauty of the Colorado mountains, it is hard to beat an adventurous day of riding through rugged canyons and below breathtaking mountain peaks. If you and your family and friends are looking for the adventure of a lifetime, look no further than a rafting trip down the pristine Arkansas River.

If you are the trip planner for your group, you are bound to have plenty of questions. Fortunately, planning a rafting trip doesn’t have to be a monumental task. In this guide, we are going to answer the most common questions, and give you all of the information you need to plan your perfect mountain adventure.

Choose the Right Trip

Probably the most common question that people ask us is this:

What trip is right for my group?

Rafting is one of the few adventure sports that is suited for all experience and skill levels. Trips can range from a lazy float down a gorgeous river to rapids thrilling enough to please the biggest adrenaline junkies, and everything in between.

We have many options when it comes to family rafting trips in Colorado. Family Float is a trip that the young and old in any group can enjoy, so if you have young children and grandparents, this is the trip for you!

Bighorn Sheep Canyon is an ideal option if you have beginners in your group, but you are still wanting to enjoy some exciting whitewater. This is one of the top picks for diverse groups, such as youth groups and sports teams.

When it comes to adventure rafting trips, one of the most popular trips is the Royal Gorge. Even beginners can participate in this one, but only if they are physically fit and ready for a challenge.

Rafting Packages: More than Just Rafting

When in the mountains, why not add some more nature and excitement to your trip? There are numerous packages offering more rustic beauty and fun in the Colorado wilderness.

Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience Wild Walk

    Camping and Rafting
    Multi-day rafting trips along the Arkansas River offer you the chance to ride rapids, float among breathtaking scenery, and sleep beneath the stars as the river lulls you to sleep. Our raft guides will do all of the heavy lifting for you – no need to bring food or camping equipment, we have you covered! Raft & Zipline
    If you want to pack a little more action into your day, consider adding ziplining to your rafting trip. This combination is offered on a number of our rafting trips, so just let us know if you would like to add on some extra adventure.
  1. Other Royal Gorge Experiences
    The Royal gorge is full of fun activities, and you can combine the Royal Gorge Bridge, the Royal Gorge Train, or the Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience to your rafting trip.
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The Best Time of the Year to Go Rafting

With the glorious four seasons in Colorado, river rafting is not a year-round event. While trips are offered from April through September, some times of the year are better suited for intense, invigorating rapids, while other times are better for those with small kids or nervous first-time rafters. Weather and water temperatures will also change dramatically, so you may prefer to come when the water is warmer.

Calm but Cold: April to Mid-May

Rafting in the Rain with Echo Canyon

If you are looking for a scenic and mellow whitewater experience, the earlier part of the rafting season may work out well for you. There will be fewer people out, which can make it feel like you have the whole river and canyon to yourself.

However, keep in mind that this water is fresh snow melt – that means that it will be cold! We do offer wetsuits, but you will want to be sure to bring warm clothing for after. Additionally, keep in mind that if it does snow, we may have to postpone the trip.

Adventure Rafting: June

Adventure Rafting in the Royal Gorge

As the weather gets warmer, the snow starts to melt rapidly, leading to the most exciting time on the river. This time if year is great for experienced rafters and those looking for a physical and mental challenge. If you are coming to Colorado for an adventure, this is the best time to come!

Family Rafting: July and August

family-friendly rafting trips available

The beginners and young kids in your group are likely to enjoy rafting the most in July and August. Temperatures are warm, with sunny days and good whitewater – enough to send you splashing and laughing down the river, but not so much that you worry about tipping over!

If you decide to go rafting over the Fourth of July weekend, be sure to book in advance as this is the busiest time for rafting outfitters.

What Should I Bring?

After you pick the best trip for your group, you will want to know what to bring and what we provide. To see a more detailed list, take a look at our FAQ page.

At Raft Echo, we have everything you will need for rent or purchase at our headquarters in Cañon City, however if you do have the following items, it is a good idea to bring them with you:

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses – be sure to wear ones that fit tight!
  • Wetsuit – available for rent at Echo, even when it’s warm outside, the water can be quite cool
  • Water shoes or tennis shoes – we have water shoes to rent if you need them
  • Appropriate clothing – wear clothing that you don’t mind getting wet
  • Water bottle
  • Dry bags – more important for longer multi-day trips

Ready to Book Your Whitewater Rafting Adventure?

If you are ready to book your next trip to the beautiful Colorado mountains, or if you have more questions about our rafting tours, give us a call today. Our passionate team of experts can help you plan every detail of your trip, allowing you to step back and enjoy.

We know the most unique places to stay, the best restaurants to eat at, and the sites that you do not want to miss out on during your trip to the pristine Colorado wilderness. Make this summer one you and your family will never forget!




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