About WAO

We opened Whitewater Adventure Outfitters in 1994 with the intention of offering a quality and professionally run rafting service to the public. It has always been our goal to offer personal service and quality trips that can only be accomplished with hands-on management and with a staff of very experienced and highly talented guides.

"WAO" as we are known, is located eight miles west of Canon City, Colorado on West U.S. Highway 50. We are very easy to find! There are many things to do and see in this part of Colorado, including rafting on the Arkansas River through the Royal Gorge itself. We also offer milder, more family-oriented trips. At WAO you will find some of the most experienced river professionals in the rafting industry.

Since the beginning of our operation in 1994, WAO has grown to become one of the most respected rafting companies in the Arkansas River Valley. Few companies compare our guides' experience levels or the attention to detail that defines our operation.

We are proud of our guides and the level of service they provide, most of whom have many years of experience on this and many other rivers. We realized long ago that experience is the single most important element in providing the very best service possible to our guests.

After more than 25 years of rafting on the Arkansas River in the Royal Gorge Region, our commitment to excellence remains unaltered. We fully intend to exceed YOUR expectations and to make this trip one you'll remember for a lifetime.

WAO is open and operating from mid-May to Labor Day, and we take reservations and answer our phone lines and email inquiries seven days a week during the season. When you call WAO expect to talk to a live and very helpful person every time.

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

See you on the river,

The WAO Team


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