Raft Guides
Royal Gorge Rafting & Zip Line Tours

Royal Gorge Rafting

Now Hiring New & Experienced River Guides - NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED!

Royal Gorge Region, Canon City, CO

  • spring
  • summer
  • fall
Canon City, Colorado
No experience required
Start Date:
Starts in 4 months. (May 15, 2023)

Join the Royal Gorge Rafting & Zip Line Tours team!

Royal Gorge Rafting is now accepting applications for Whitewater Raft Guides for the 2023 season and beyond. Inexperienced Guide Training begins from May 15th to June 7th, 2023

Prior experience is not required. But the love of working outdoors, embracing challenges, entertaining, educating, guiding, and genuinely connecting with guests is a must! Royal Gorge Rafting & Zip Line Tours is the top-rated and largest outdoor adventure destination in Colorado. With over 26,000 participants on average per summer, we employ a team of professional river guides, support photo kayakers, zip line guides, customer service reps, and many more positions. 

Apply or learn more at royalgorgerafting.net/jobbyjobs.php


Being a river guide has many perks aside from unlimited rafting opportunities. You will have the chance to learn to kayak, access world-class mountain biking and hiking, fishing, and much more.

Royal Gorge Rafting is continuously Colorado's top-rated Company on the Arkansas River in the Royal Gorge region. Join our team of fun, laid back, and professional river guides and kayakers.


To become a River Guide at Royal Gorge Rafting, you will need to go through or meet the following requirements:

  • Applicants must be over 18 years of age.
  • You will need to maintain a high fitness level to work outdoors through diverse weather and challenging scenarios. 
  • Possess current First Aid and CPR certifications. We always encourage our guide staff to seek higher levels of training such as OEC WFA or WFR & SRT
  • Commit to a full season of work which includes weekends and holidays. (Memorial Day Weekend thru Labor Day Weekend - exceptions are made for students) 
  • You will be expected to assist our team in maintaining the highest quality and cleanliness of our base location, beaches, associated gear, and vehicles.
  • You must adhere to Royal Gorge Rafting's guidelines and treat colleagues and guests with the highest level of respect. 


The guides we seek possess outstanding people skills, a good sense of humor, and the ability to read social cues and adapt to your guest's interests. You will need to connect easily with a wide range of personalities and genuinely appreciate people for who they are.

You will need to anticipate, troubleshoot, and solve challenging problems when and if they arise. You will be expected to stay energized and positive while delivering exceptional customer service. You must be resilient, fun, and lively, and embrace adventure! You must be a flexible team player with sustained energy and motivation even when days grow long.

You will have to embrace the lifestyle of being a river guide with its challenges - yet it is exceedingly gratifying if you take advantage of what the lifestyle offers. We are seeking applicants that have a passion and respect for the outdoors and those that approach the things they do in life professionally, whether the goal is large or small. (If you do not feel you fit the model description, be honest about whether a job with Royal Gorge Rafting is a good fit for you.)


Guide pay is per-trip at a salaried rate of $60 - $80 per trip (starting), with the most likely potential to run two trips per day during our busy season. 

About Us

We are the top-rated choice for rafting in Colorado on the Arkansas River. We employ 100+ employees, from river guides to zip line guides, customer service representatives, CDL bus drivers, photographers, and more. We maintain a genuine tight-knit professional crew that is a family of guides and, 99.978% of the time - lifelong friends. We operate our rafting operations, 2 Zipline tours, four luxury vacation rentals, 12 riverside yurts, four airstream rentals, and the White Water Bar & Grill at our two base locations.

We look forward to your inquiry with Royal Gorge Rafting, Zip Line Tours, Vacation Rentals & the White Water Bar & Grill. "One Location - 100% Fun!"

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How to Apply

Call Us: 719 924 0594 or apply online via the link below for employment opportunities.

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