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Browns Canyon Rafting in Buena Vista, Colorado
The ultimate family rafting trip in Colorado
Enjoy splashy rapids and beautiful scenery rafting Browns Canyon in Buena Vista, Colorado. This class III-IV whitewater section of the Arkansas River is the best family river rafting trip near Denver. Get ready to cool off and have fun on the ultimate family rafting trip in Colorado.
No Shuttle to the Put-in
All Browns Canyon rafting trips depart from our private beach at the River Runners Riverside Rafting Resort. This gives you more time to relax on your Colorado vacation (the half-day trip is moved to Lower Browns Canyon at low water, which requires a shuttle to the put in).
Browns Canyon is the best family river rafting trip in Colorado
Choose from full day, half day and overnight whitewater rafting trips through Browns Canyon, where you’ll experience majestic canyon scenery and legendary class III rapids like Pin Ball, Zoom Flume and Stair Case. Whether this is your first time rafting or you’re a seasoned river runner, everyone is sure to love this classic stretch of Colorado whitewater.
Paddle Boat or Oar Boat
You can paddle along with guide instruction (most popular) or request an oar boat if you would prefer to hold on as your guide rows you through Browns Canyon.
Group Rafting Discounts
Browns Canyon Rafting Trips on the Arkansas River Available May – September
Full Day Browns Canyon Rafting Trips
Rafting Browns Canyon is a must-do activity on any summer family vacation in Colorado. Book a full day rafting adventure in this unique Colorado State Park. Paddle through 10 class III-IV rapids, learn about the unique history, geology, and wildlife of the Arkansas River in Colorado, and enjoy a catered riverside lunch. Browns Canyon full day trips launch from River Runners and take out 15 miles down stream on the other side of the canyon. Please arrive 45 minutes prior to your scheduled launch time and allow five-six hours round trip.
Child: $88.00 Adult: $98.00
3/4 Day Browns Canyon Rafting Trips
- Beginner/Intermediate Class III-IV
- 3-4 Hours Round Trip
- Minimum age is 6 years & 50LBS.
- Lunch not included
- Walk-Ins Welcome
- Advanced Reservations Recommended
- Departs Daily from Buena Vista, Colorado
- May – Labor Day
Raft the full day Browns Canyon section without lunch and guarantee a trip in the Upper Browns Canyon section at all water levels. Paddle through Pin Ball, Zoom Flume, Stair Case, Widow Maker and all the great rapids that have made this section famous. Learn about the unique history, geology, and wildlife of the Arkansas River along the way. Please arrive 45 minutes prior to your scheduled launch time and allow three-four hours round trip.
Child: $65.00 Adult: $75.00
Half Day Browns Canyon Rafting Trips
Previous experience is not required on this popular Colorado river rafting trip. Your professional raft guide will teach you how to paddle through class III-IV rapids and tell you about the unique history, geology, and wildlife of the Arkansas River in Colorado. Your entire family is sure to love this fun and educational whitewater rafting trip. Lunch is not included, but you can always try our Riverside Grill, use our picnic areas for your own lunch, or try one of the many restaurants in Buena Vista just 6 miles north of our riverside resort. Browns Canyon half day trips launch River Runners and take out at Hecla Junction – the best eight miles of whitewater in Browns Canyon. Please arrive 45 minutes prior to your scheduled launch time and allow two-three hours round trip.
Child: $50.00 Adult: $60.00
CLASS III – IV RAFTING TRIP
Know before you book
Participants should be at least 6 years old AND 50LBS for this intermediate rafting trip.
Age requirements vary depending on the flow of the Arkansas River.
Walk-ins are welcome, but advanced rafting reservations are the only way to insure that you get to go rafting – especially during peak season (July -August).
We presume all participants want to paddle. Please advise if you have any medical conditions or if you have small children that do not want to paddle, we will place you in an Oar-manned raft.
Risk is involved with all whitewater rafting trips. You and everyone in your party must be willing to accept that risk. All participants must read and sign a waiver – minors under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian read and sign a waiver on their behalf.
We reserve the right to alter your route based on extreme water flows and other potential safety concerns.
Plan to arrive at our Buena Vista, Colorado location at least 45 minutes prior to your scheduled departure. This will allow time for your group to finish paperwork and check out rafting equipment.
What to Wear Rafting in Colorado
Please arrive at least 45 minutes prior to your rafting trip departure time
You should wear synthetic fabric clothing (avoid cotton), sandals that strap around your foot or an old pair of tennis shoes, a hat, a strap for your eye glasses or sun glasses (available for purchase), quick dry swimsuits or board shorts.
Wetsuits, splash tops and booties are available for rent at River Runners.
Apply plenty of sunscreen and reapply throughout the day.
Guides, rafts, PFDs, helmets and paddles are included.
Browns Canyon Adventure Park & Raft
Adjacent to River Runners Riverside Resort, the Browns Canyon Adventure Park is an aerial course filled with challenges and obstacles set on the banks of the Arkansas River. The park has four courses and other adrenaline features, allowing you to choose your challenge based on your ability and sense of adventure. Courses are labeled much like a ski area with introductory ‘greens’ to intermediate ‘blues’ and advanced ‘blacks’.
Participation in the Browns Canyon Adventure Park includes very physical activity and is Not Recommended for people with pre-existing health issues such as bad neck, back, shoulders, etc.
Browns Canyon Adventure Park is open to ages 7yrs and 50LBS. Maximum weight allowed is 275LBS.
Lunch Not Included.
Browns Canyon Zip & Raft
A great Colorado family adventure day. At 9:30 am enjoy a three hour zip line tour with Top of the Rockies Zip Line in Leadville, Colorado. This unique zip line tour features five cables with side by side zipping so you can soar alongside one another in the high country of Colorado. Cables range from 400-850 feet.
At 2:30 pm embark on a two-three hour rafting trip in Browns Canyon. This popular family rafting trip features class III-IV rapids, suitable for beginners and children who are at least six years old and 50 pounds.
Lunch Not Included.
Browns Canyon Paddle & Saddle
At 10:00 am enjoy a two hour horseback ride with Arkansas Valley Trail Rides in Nathrop, Colorado. Take in spectacular views of the Chalk Cliffs and Collegiate Peaks on this family-friendly adventure.
At 2:30 pm embark on a two-three hour rafting trip in Browns Canyon, where you will challenge class III-IV rapids, suitable for beginners and children at least six years old 50 pounds.
Lunch Not Included.
River Runners Riverside Rafting Resort Amenities
- Private launch site for Browns Canyon (Class III-IV)
- Commercial campground with exclusive group camping
- Riverside Bar & Grill
- Sand volleyball court
- Horseshoe pits
- Free parking
- Shaded picnic areas
- Free restrooms
- Free showers
- Drinks & snacks
- Rafting apparel
- Rafting wetsuits
- Rafting booties
- Rafting splash jackets
- Rafting photos
- Rafting souvenirs
- Rafting information
- Certified raft guides
- The best rafting trips
- Discounts to Colorado hot springs
- Discounts to the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park
- Discounts to Captain Zip Line Colorado Zip Line Tour
River Runners Riverside Rafting Resort
24070 County Road 301 Buena Vista, Colorado 81212
Rafting trips available daily: May – September
CALL: 719-395-2466 or 800-723-8987
Buena Vista, Colorado Driving Directions: Located just 2.5 hours from Colorado Springs & 2.5 hours from Denver, Colorado.
WHY RAFT BROWNS CANYON
With RIVER RUNNERS
Browns Canyon rafting trips launch from our riverside rafting resort:
No shuttle to the put-in. It’s just a short return shuttle at the end of your rafting trip back to River Runners.
Raft with the best:
River Runners has been rafting the Arkansas River since 1972, and our guides are among the best in the industry.
Browns Canyon is fun for everyone:
Rafters return year after year to challenge Browns Canyon. It is the perfect family rafting trip!
Learning has never been such an adventure:
Your river guide will interpret the history, geology and wildlife of Browns Canyon and teach you whitewater rafting.