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Arkansas River Outpost - Granite/Buena Vista

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AVA's Granite Outpost

Located between Buena Vista and Leadville, CO

AVA’s Granite Outpost is located between the towns of Buena Vista and Leadville, CO. Easily accessible from Breckenridge, Keystone, Vail, Aspen, Denver and Colorado Springs, we chose this very special adventure destination over 15 years ago because of its convenient location, its easy access to some of the best whitewater rafting trips in the world, and its stunning scenery.

Granite Outpost Address: MAP

40671 U.S. Hwy 24 Buena Vista CO 81211

If you plan to drive to our outpost through Trout Creek Pass via Fairplay, please be aware of possible construction delays in Trout Creek surpassing 30 minutes throughout the summer. If you wish to avoid these, please access our outpost through Leadville.

All of our Arkansas River rafting trips (except Royal Gorge trips) leave from this location. Our Granite Outpost is also where we have a zipline course set on 44 acres of alpine beauty. For those looking to stay in the area, we also offer camping and cabins at this location.

Whitewater rafting trips from our the AVA Granite Outpost include 1/3-day, ½-day, ¾ day, full day and overnight river trips.

Our Granite Outpost:

  • 14 miles north of Buena Vista, 4 miles south of Granite, 19 miles south of Leadville
  • All Arkansas River trips leave from here except Royal Gorge rafting trips
  • Mountaintop Zipline Tours on site on 44-acres
  • Cabins and camping for your convenience
  • Trips of all lengths, family to advanced rafting

The Best Whitewater Rafting

The Arkansas River is literally across the street from our Granite Outpost. Arkansas River whitewater rafting trips are truly some of the finest in the world. From the scenic and family-friendly proposed Wilderness Area of Browns Canyon to the nonstop whitewater of Pine Creek or the Numbers, you find a trip to fit your comfort level and your budget.

Zipline Tours

At our Granite Outpost, you’ll also find our Mountaintop Zipline Course on our 44-acre “Gold Camp” property. You can do a zipline tour on its own or add it to any of our Arkansas River Rafting trips. We have a ton of rafting + zipline packages and more to help you maximize on fun and your budget.

Cabins and Camping

Fun the ultimate in convenience, consider staying with us at our Granite Outpost in one of our rustic log cabins or our campground. We have 4 log cabins – each with bunkbeds and its own inside bathroom with shower. They have running water and electricity as well. Our walk-in campground (about 50 yards in) has ten sites with access to restrooms and hot showers.

Group Rafting Trips

Our Granite Outpost is the perfect place to bring a group of any sort. From scout groups to bachelor parties we have a great location for fun and being together. Our large deck is excellent for having group meals with fabulous scenery. Let our reservations experts help you shape just the trip you want. We have whitewater rafting trips for every group’s needs, and groups absolutely love our zipline tours or rock climbing!

Our Granite Outpost is also in an incredible place to hike 14,000-foot peaks (there are 15 in our valley!) and AVA is within a couple miles of several trailheads. We can also organize guided fly fishing and horseback riding trips in the Arkansas Valley.  Whatever your Colorado vacation adventure dream looks like, we’ve got the resources and experience to bring your dreams to reality.

All Trips at This Location

Arkansas River Outpost - Granite/Buena Vista

The Numbers Wyldride

1/2 day • Arkansas River
Central CO • age 15+
Advanced Class III-V
Location: Granite Outpost, Buena Vista

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Duration

Trip Time: 3-4 hrs
Water Time: 2 hrs

Difficulty

Intermediate Whitewater

Price

$164


The Numbers/Narrows Full Day

Full Day • Arkansas River
Central CO • min age 15
Advanced Class III-V
Location: Granite Outpost, Buena Vista

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Duration

Trip Time: 6-7 hrs
Water Time: 4 hrs

Difficulty

Advanced Whitewater

Price

$114


Browns Canyon Half Day

1/2 day • Arkansas River
Beginner whitewater • min age 7
Location: Granite Outpost, Buena Vista

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Duration

Trip Time: 3.5-4 hrs
Water Time: 1.5-2 hrs

Difficulty

Beginner Whitewater

Price

$69 - $74


The Numbers Half Day

1/2 day • Arkansas River
Central CO • min age 15
Advanced Class III-V
Location: Granite Outpost, Buena Vista

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Duration

Trip Time: 3 hrs
Water Time: 2 hrs

Difficulty

Intermediate+ Whitewater

Price

$79


3 Day Mild to Wild

Overnight • Arkansas River
Central CO • Advanced rafting
Class III-V • min age 15
Location: Granite Outpost, Buena Vista

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Duration

Trip Time: 3 days

Difficulty

Advanced+ Whitewater

Price

$719.00


Pine Creek Half Day

1/2 day • Arkansas River
Central CO • Class IV-V rafting
Location: Granite Outpost, Buena Vista

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Duration

Trip Time: 3 hrs
Water Time: 2 hrs

Difficulty

Advanced+ Whitewater

Price

$92


Browns Canyon Sizzler

Full Day • Arkansas River
Central CO • Beginner rafting
Class III, min age 7
Location: Granite Outpost, Buena Vista

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Duration

Trip Time: 8 hrs
Water Time: 5 hrs

Difficulty

Beginner Whitewater

Price

$104


Browns Canyon Express

3/4 day • Arkansas River
Central CO • Beginner rafting • Class III • min age 7
Location: Granite Outpost in Buena Vista

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Duration

Trip Time: 5 hrs
Water Time: 3-3.5 hrs

Difficulty

Beginner Whitewater

Price

$84


Rock Climb Half Day

1/2 day • Rock Climbing
Central CO
No experience needed • min age 5
Location: Granite Outpost, Buena Vista

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Duration

Trip Time: 3 hrs

Difficulty

No experience necessary.

Price

$89.00


Mt. Princeton Waterfall Ride

3/4 day horseback ride
Arkansas Valley • ages 5+
No experience necessary
Location: Mt. Princeton Stables, S of Buena Vista

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Duration

Trip Time: 6 hrs

Difficulty

No experience necessary.

Price

$125.00


Mt. Princeton 2 Hour Ride

2 hour horseback ride
Arkansas Valley
No experience necessary, min age 5
Location: Nathrop, between Buena Vista and Salida

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Duration

Trip Time: 2 hrs

Difficulty

No experience necessary.

Price

$60.00


3 Day Mild to Wild Deluxe

Overnight • Arkansas River
Central CO • Advanced rafting
Class III-V • min age 15 • Mountaintop Ziplining
Location: Granite Outpost, Buena Vista

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Duration

Trip Time: 3 days

Difficulty

Advanced+ Whitewater

Price

$809 and up


2 Day Advanced Deluxe

2 days, 1 night • Arkansas River
Advanced Class III-IV • min age 15
Mountaintop Ziplining
Location: Granite Outpost, Buena Vista

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Duration

Trip Time: 2 days
Water Time: 9 hrs

Difficulty

Advanced Whitewater

Price

$523.00 and up


The Numbers Half Day + Zipline

Arkansas River Rafting + Zipline
Family/Intermediate Class III-IV
Full Day • min age 15
Location: Granite Outpost, Buena Vista

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Duration

Trip Time: 7 hrs
Water Time: 2 hrs

Difficulty

Intermediate+ Whitewater

Price

$183.00 and up


24 Hours in Browns Canyon Deluxe

Overnight (1 night) • Arkansas River • central CO
Beginner Class III-IV • min age 7
Location: Granite Outpost, Buena Vista

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Duration

Trip Time: 2 Days
Water Time: 5 hrs

Difficulty

Beginner Whitewater

Price

$403


2 Day Advanced

2 days, 1 night • Arkansas River
Advanced Class III-IV • min age 15
Location: Granite Outpost, Buena Vista

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Duration

Trip Time: 2 days
Water Time: 9 hours

Difficulty

Advanced Whitewater

Price

$419.00


24 Hours in Browns Canyon

Overnight • Arkansas River
Central CO • Family rafting
Class III • age 7+ • Location: Granite Outpost, Buena Vista

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Duration

Trip Time: 24 hrs
Water Time: 5 hrs

Difficulty

Beginner Whitewater

Price

$299.00


Rappel into the Gauntlet

Full Day • Arkansas River
Central CO • min age 15
Advanced+ Class IV-V
Location: Granite Outpost, Buena Vista

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Duration

Trip Time: 7 hrs
Water Time: 4 hrs

Difficulty

Advanced+ Whitewater

Price

$204.00