Whitewater Adventure Outfitters (WAO)
About Us

Established in 1994, Whitewater Adventure Outfitters, affectionately known as “WAO,” was born with a vision to provide the public with a top-notch, professionally managed rafting service. From day one, our mission has been clear: to offer personalized service and high-quality rafting experiences. We believe in hands-on management and have assembled a team of exceptionally experienced and talented guides to make this vision a reality.

Discover WAO

Located just eight miles west of Canon City, Colorado, along West U.S. Highway 50, finding WAO is a breeze. Nestled in the heart of Colorado’s outdoor paradise, our location offers more than just exceptional rafting. While you’re here, you can embark on thrilling Arkansas River adventures through the Royal Gorge or opt for milder, family-oriented trips. At WAO, you’ll encounter some of the most seasoned river professionals in the rafting industry.

30 Years
of Excellence

Since our inception in 1994, WAO has blossomed into one of the most respected rafting companies in the Arkansas River Valley. Few can rival the experience level of our guides or the meticulous attention to detail that characterizes our operation. We take immense pride in our guides, most of whom boast extensive experience on the Arkansas River and other waterways. We’ve long recognized that experience is the linchpin in providing the absolute best service to our valued guests.

With 30 years of rafting experience in the Royal Gorge Region, our commitment to excellence remains steadfast and unswerving. Our primary aim is to surpass YOUR expectations and craft a rafting adventure you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

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Whitewater Adventure Outfitters
Seasonal Operation

WAO is open and operating from mid-May to Labor Day. During the season, our office is at your service seven days a week, but rafting operations are closed on Wednesdays to give our staff members a well-deserved day off. When you reach out to WAO, anticipate speaking with a live and exceedingly helpful individual every time. Your satisfaction is our top priority.

Explore the Arkansas River

We specialize in commercially guided raft trips in the Royal Gorge and Bighorn Sheep Canyon on the Arkansas River in Colorado, renowned as the world’s most popular river for water sports.

Join us on the river, and let the adventure begin!

Warm regards,
The WAO Team