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Browns Canyon Express

  • Location

    14 miles north of Buena Vista in Central Colorado

  • Duration

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

  • Difficulty

    Beginner Whitewater

  • Price

    Primary $84 Adult Ages 13+

    Secondary $74 Child Ages 7-12

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Browns Canyon Express

3/4 day Whitewater Rafting Trip on the Arkansas River

  • Includes wetsuits and splash jackets free of charge
  • Free coffee at outpost
  • Now offering delicious breakfast, lunch & dinner as trip add-on!
  • 10-16 miles on the river, depending on water levels | 2.5-3.5 hours on the water
  • 3/4 day rafting trip on the most famous section of the Arkansas River - our most popular trip!
  • Check in at 12:00 pm at our Granite Outpost | Return around 5:30pm
  • $84/adult; $74/child ages 7-12

Trip Details

Get the ultimate Colorado whitewater rafting experience in an extension of the classic Browns Canyon‭! ‬The Browns Canyon Express is 6 miles longer than the Browns Canyon Half Day and is a great Buena Vista whitewater rafting trip for groups looking for a‭ ‬shorter option than our full day Browns Canyon rafting trip‭.‬ ‭ ‬Appropriate for the whole family‭, ‬this is the perfect option for first-time rafters and a can't-miss for experienced paddlers‭.‬ ‭ ‬

Browns Canyon river rafting offers the best of the Arkansas River and takes you through a proposed federal wilderness area‭, ‬including spectacular mountain scenery and thrilling whitewater‭, ‬all in one action-packed afternoon‭.‬ ‭ ‬Leaving from our office just north of Buena Vista‭, ‬a Browns Canyon rafting trip is safe for the younger members of your group‭,‬‭ ‬but still exciting for the older kids and adults‭.‬ ‭ ‬The Browns Canyon Express is your chance to enjoy Colorado rafting for all ages and ability levels‭!‬

Because it is longer than a half day trip, we offer one departure time per day for this trip (at noon). This trip is the same as most other companies' full day trip, but is run straight through as an afternoon 3/4 day trip. 

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!‬ ‭ ‬Browns Canyon rafting trips are one of America's most popular whitewater adventures‭,‬ and you're about to find out why‭.‬

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.‬ ‭ ‬Browns Canyon runs through a proposed National Monument‭, ‬so don't forget to keep an eye out for local bird life and other wildlife‭!‬

Browns Canyon Express Highlights

  • Beginner Class III
  • 3/4 day trip
  • Runs from Fisherman's Bridge to Stone Bridge
  • Free wetsuits and splash jackets
  • No experience necessary
  • Rafting starts at noon, giving you time to get out and about in the morning
  • Ages 7+

What's the difference between our Browns Canyon Trips?

Browns Canyon Half Day: 10 river miles, about 2 - 2 1/2 hours on the river, AM and PM departures available

Browns Canyon Express: 16 river miles, about 6 hours on the river, one mid-day departure per day

Browns Canyon Sizzler: 16 river miles, about 8 hours on the river, one morning departure per day

24 Hours in Browns Canyon: Same trip as our Browns Canyon Sizzler but set up as an overnight. Leave early afternoon, raft halfway, arrive at overnight camp in the canyon, enjoy a night under the stars with dinner and breakfast served to you, raft the rest of the way in the morning and arrive back at our Granite Outpost around noon. 

PLEASE NOTE: river miles per trip and time on river vary based on river levels and flows. The higher the water, the quicker the trip. The lower the water, the slower the trip. This can fluctuate a great deal within one season and even one week to the next. We do our best to give you the most accurate information. 

Browns Canyon rating trips and all of our Buena Vista rafting trips leave from our Granite Outpost

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