Whitewater Rafting in Buena Vista, Colorado
Mild to Wild Rafting on the Arkansas River
Buena Vista, Colorado is one of the premiere whitewater rafting and kayaking towns in the world and is an easy and scenic drive from any Colorado vacation destination. This unspoiled Colorado mountain town is located along the world-renowned Arkansas River and is shadowed by majestic 14,000-foot mountains. Every spring and summer whitewater enthusiasts from all over the world converge on Buena Vista to run the wild and mild rapids of the Arkansas River.
River Runners at Browns Canyon is located six miles south of Buena Vista, Colorado on the banks of the Arkansas River. Enjoy our private put-in for Browns Canyon National Monument or choose an advanced rafting trip like The Numbers or Pine Creek.
Time Lapse of River Runners at Browns Canyon
Riverside dining in Buena Vista, Colorado
Relax on the banks of the Arkansas River.
The Browns Canyon Riverside Grill has a Baja-style menu and order-up style service for a unique, but casual dining experience. Menu items include carne asada burritos, fish tacos, quesadillas, chips and salsa, and much more. All products are purchased locally when possible.
The bar features local micro brews, the legendary River Rummer, and hand-made margaritas. Other beverage options include natural sodas and ice tea.
Riverside Camping Buena Vista, Colorado
Group campsites starting at $40/night
River Runners offers one of the more unique campgrounds near Buena Vista, Colorado. This riverside property features four group camps with picnic tables and fire pits. Sites range from $40 – $55 per night and are large enough for 10-20 campers. Amenities include hot showers and bathroom facilities, a sand volleyball court, horseshoe pits, and a Riverside Bar and Grill that serves Baja-style food, hand-made cocktails, and local beers on tap.
If River Runners is booked there are numerous other camping options in the area. Choose from established RV parks and private campgrounds like the Buena Vista KOA, or secluded sites on National Forrest, Bureau of Land Management, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife land.
Select a Whitewater Rafting Trip in Buena Vista, Colorado
River rafting trips for families with small children
FAMILY FLOAT RAFTING TRIP BEGINNER CLASS I-II
This beginner float departs daily at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm from our riverside location at Browns Canyon. Minimum requirements are 3 years old and 35 lbs.
The most popular family-friendly rafting trip in Colorado
BROWNS CANYON RAFTING TRIP CLASS III-IV
River Runners is located at the put-in for Browns Canyon National Monument. Experience fun class III-IV rapids and spectacular Colorado scenery on this popular rafting trip.
Advanced rafting The Numbers
NUMBERS RAFTING TRIP ADVANCED CLASS IV – V
Are you ready to paddle advanced IV-V rapids in Colorado? The Numbers section of the Arkansas River is a perfect mix of alpine scenery and continuous whitewater.
Want extreme whitewater?
PINE CREEK RAFTING TRIP ADVANCED CLASS V
If you have paddled the Numbers or the Royal Gorge with River Runners and are still looking for something more extreme, Pine Creek may be the trip for you.
Buena Vista, Colorado 81211
Call: (719) 395-2466
Call: (800) 723-8987