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Arkansas River Tours

The ART of river rafting

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posted December 13, 2018
Arkansas River Tours is a rafting and fly-fishing outfitter in Cotopaxi, Colorado, that has been in business for more than 40 years.

“We have roughly 100 miles of river we operate on, and we provide everything from exhilarating whitewater rafting trips to spectacular scenic float trips in the Sangre de Cristo mountain range,” says Billy Marquis, owner of Arkansas River Tours.

“We’re a small company, so all of our trips are more personalized. Guests build a relationship with their guides and come back year after year, requesting the same guide.”

But the company’s longevity doesn’t mean its staff members are content with rehashed river tours. They’re often adding fresh trips for their guests.

“One new offering is a Yoga and Raft experience,” says Marquis. “We start the morning with your yoga instructor, Emily Marquis, who will guide you through an Anusara elements class with a riverside meditation at our Cotopaxi base.” After yoga, guests enjoy a healthy lunch followed by a scenic or intermediate-level whitewater rafting trip.

Another popular group option is Arkansas River Tours’ River & Rail trip. “In partnership with the Royal Gorge Railroad Route, we offer a combination of a scenic rafting trip with a train ride through the Royal Gorge,” says Marquis. In addition to sightseeing as they navigate the river, groups can explore Cañon City before boarding the train’s traditional or open-air cars.

“This trip is geared toward families with children as young as four as well as to seniors looking for a relaxing experience in nature,” says Marquis.

For more on these and the company’s other rafting adventures, email Marquis or go to

Photo by Arkansas River Tours


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