About WAO

About Whitewater Adventure Outfitters

Tony & Kathy Keenan 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 one mile west of Canon City, Colorado on West U.S. Highway 50. We are very easy to find! Visit our "Directions" page for info and tips on locating our office. 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 up to become one of the most respected rafting companies in the Arkansas River Valley. Few companies compare to WAO and the experience level of our guides 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 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. Our goal is to provide an unforgettable rafting experience.


After more than 25 years of rafting on the Arkansas River in the Royal Gorge region, our commitment to excellence remains unaltered. WAO not only far exceeds the standards set by the State of Colorado and the AHRA, a division of Colorado Parks and Wildlife and our governing body, we fully intend to exceed YOUR expectations and to make this trip the one you'll remember for a lifetime, and this activity the highlight of your vacation in Colorado.


WAO is open and operating from around mid-April to mid-September each year and we take reservations and answer our phone lines and e-mail inquiries seven days a week all year long. 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 Canyon on the Arkansas River in Colorado, the most popular river for water sports in the world. Available are "Splash and Dash", half-day, full day and overnight trips for nearly all ages and abilities. Be sure to check out our Packages for information on combining your raft trip with a ride through the Royal Gorge on the scenic "Royal Gorge Route" train or tickets to the world famous Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, among our many options for great vacation activities. Family specials, group rates, and great deals on even our most advanced and popular trips can be obtained by visiting our specials page. We also offer special youth group rates for class trips, church groups and scout troops. Call for our unpublished youth group rates and a group planning packet. Join us for the adventure of a lifetime!


See you on the river,

Tony & Kathy Keenan


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