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Browns Canyon Half Day

  • Location

    14 miles north of Buena Vista & 19 miles south of Leadville in central Colorado

  • Duration

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

  • Difficulty

    Beginner Whitewater

  • Price

    Primary $69 - $74 Adult Ages 13+

    Secondary $59 - $64 Child Ages 7-12

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Browns Canyon Half Day

Our most popular family rafting trip!

  • Includes wetsuits and splash jackets free of charge
  • Free coffee at outpost
  • Now offering delicious breakfast, lunch & dinner as trip add-on!
  • Approximately 9-10 miles on the river | 2 - 2.5 hours on the water
  • Rapids such as Zoom Flume & Pinball
  • Check in at our Granite Outpost
  • $69-$74/adult; $59-$64/child ages 7-12

Trip Details

 

Raft the nation's favorite stretch of river, 10 miles through Browns Canyon Arkansas River. Together with the rest of the crew in your boat, you will work to negotiate the intermediate (family-level) rapids of the classic Browns Canyon–a proposed federal Wilderness Area. Just north of Buena Vista, Browns Canyon white water rafting is appropriate for most ages and experience levels, this trip delivers a mix of exhilarating whitewater and the majestic quality of a granite canyon.

Browns Canyon of the Arkansas blast through rapids like Zoom Flume and Pinball. This Browns Canyon Arkansas River adventure goes fewer miles than our Browns Canyon Express trip or our Browns Canyon Sizzler but is perfect for guests with a short time frame. With two departures per day, you can choose what works best for you.

The Browns Canyon Half Day rafting trip is an excellent one to package with other activities. Some activities to consider would be our Zip Line Tour, Climbing, Jeep Tour, or Horseback Riding. We include a lunch in between these activities to make sure you get to your next activity with something in your stomach.

What's the difference between our 4 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, includes lunch, 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 REMEMBER: River miles for a trip and the estimate time on river for each trip depend greatly on water levels. Our river levels flutuate quite a lot during one season, thus so do our trip times. The higher the water level, the quicker the trip. And the lower the water level, the slower the trip. When water levels get too high or too low, we always reserve the right to change trip length (longer or shorter). Please understand that your safety is always our number one priority and thus is what our decisions are based on. 

Browns Canyon Half Day Highlights

  • Family Intermediate whitewater
  • Life jackets, wetsuits, splash jackets, and helmets are provided!
  • Raft through a proposed federal wilderness area
  • Approximately 10 miles on the river
  • Minimum age 7, min weight 50 lbs
  • Drop 35 ft. per mile
  • 1 1/4 hour drive from Breckenridge, Aspen or Vail

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