Browns Canyon Express – The Ultimate Browns Canyon Rafting Trip
Buena Vista Rafting Trips on the Arkansas River: the very best Class III rafting!
Intermediate Class III
$79 adult, $69 child 7-12
Check in: 12:00pm at AVA’s Granite Outpost: Map It!
14 miles north of Buena Vista and 19 miles south of Leadville in in Central Colorado.
Get the ultimate Colorado whitewater rafting experience in the classic Brown’s Canyon! The Brown’s Canyon Express is a great Buena Vista whitewater rafting trip for groups looking for a shorter option than our full day Brown’s Canyon trip. Appropriate for the whole family, this is the perfect option for first-time rafters and a can’t-miss for experienced paddlers. Brown’s Canyon river rafting offers the best of the Arkansas River, including spectacular mountain scenery and thrilling whitewater, all in one action-packed day. Leaving from our office just north of Buena Vista, a Brown’s Canyon rafting trip is safe for the younger members of your group, but still exciting for the older kids and adults. The Brown’s Canyon Express is your chance to enjoy Colorado rafting for all ages and ability levels!
My seven girl friends and I just did the Browns Canyon half day and had a blast! Our guide, Kevin, is amazing. He is a great instructor and helped us have a great day! We were part of a “rescue mission” after a raft flipped. I came away feeling very confident and secure with the level of knowlege and experience each guide demonstrated. I feel we were properly prepared for the risks involved and also instructed on how to have a fun but safe trip. Your office is also very professional and helpful. Everyone was upbeat and ready to help all of us (which is alot!) get suited up and ready to go. We couldn’t have been more excited to all go in the same raft (thanks for making it happen) and we will definintly come back for some more fun! Thanks again! See you soon.—
You’ll start out midday with a safety talk and a quick paddling lesson from your guide. As the stunning granite walls rise up to either side, you’ll head into the first set of rapids! Brown’s Canyon rafting trips are one of America’s most popular whitewater adventures, and you’re about to find out why.
- 3/4-day excursion
- Over 15 miles on the river
- Check-in at 12 pm – plenty of time to sleep in!
- Stunning views of the canyon and surrounding mountains
- Fun, Class III whitewater
- Rapids such as Zoom Flume, Pinball, and Siedel’s Suckhole
- Minimum age 7, minimum weight 50 lbs
(AVA reserves the right to change age requirements depending on water levels and individual qualifications)
Between rapids, you’ll have the chance to kick back and take in the jaw-dropping views of the Collegiate Peaks, a chain of 14,000-foot mountains looming to the west. Brown’s Canyon runs through a proposed federal wilderness area, so don’t forget to keep an eye out for local birdlife and other wildlife!
What won’t you have on your Brown’s Canyon whitewater rafting trip? Roads, cars and the general daily hustle and bustle. We’ll help you relax and enjoy this adventure to its fullest.
At the end of the day, we’ll shuttle you back to our outpost where you’ll change into dry clothes and check out the photos from the trip while you and your friends recount the thrills of your day.
Brown’s Canyon Express + Zipline Package!
3/4 Day Raft + Zipline
Intermediate Class III
$182 adults, $162 kids age 10-12
Check in: 8 am
Granite Outpost: See Map
Combine and save! Enjoy the best of Brown’s Canyon with the best of our ziplining in one action-packed day! Start the morning with one of the most exciting and popular Colorado mountain summer adventures – ziplining! Our zipline course spans the wooded and craggy surroundings of our mountainous 43-acre Gold Camp property. Take in the views of snow-capped peaks and the Arkansas River as you zip from cliff to cliff between the pine and aspen trees. Refuel with a hot chicken fajita lunch, then get ready for America’s favorite stretch of whitewater. A great trip for all ages and experience levels, Brown’s Canyon delivers a mix of exhilarating whitewater and stunning scenery. Minimum age 10, minimum weight 75 lbs. maximum weight 250 lbs. The zipline tour requires a ten-minute hike.
Looking for a longer trip? Check out our Brown’s Canyon Sizzler , which includes over 20 miles of whitewater plus our hot chicken fajita lunch. Wanting to stretch your trip over a couple of days? Check out our 24 Hours in Brown’s Canyon, an overnight version of the Brown’s Canyon Sizzler where you camp right in the canyon!
If you’re looking for something to do after your Brown’s Canyon rafting trip, you’ll still have plenty of time to head to Cottonwood Hot Springs or Mt Princeton Hot Springs for a long soak – the perfect way to unwind after an action-packed day on the river! Both springs are about 20 minutes from our outpost.
Feeling ready to take your rafting to the next level? Check out our advanced trips, The Numbers or The Gauntlet (Pine Creek & The Numbers), adrenaline-filled stretches of continuous Class III-V whitewater – perfect for the thrill seeker in your group! Or for more mountain fun, experience our rock climbing and rappelling and really get your heart rate going! Hoping to do some Colorado hiking? Take on a fourteen-thousand foot peak! The Collegiate Range contains some of the highest mountains in the state, and they are right in our backyard. You could also enjoy an evening horseback ride, check out the historical mining town of Leadville, or take in the views on Independence Pass.