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Browns Canyon Sizzler

  • Location

    14 miles north of Buena Vista in Central Colorado

  • Duration

    Trip Time: 8 hrs
    Water Time: 5 hrs

  • Difficulty

    Beginner Whitewater

  • Price

    Primary $104 Adult Ages 13+

    Secondary $94 Child Ages 7-12

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The Browns Canyon Sizzler 

Full Day Browns Canyon Trip

  • Includes hot chicken fajita lunch riverside
  • Includes wetsuits and splash jackets free of charge
  • Free coffee at outpost
  • Now offering delicious breakfast & dinner as trip add-on!
  • 16-22 miles on the river, depending on water levels | 4 - 4.5 hours on the water
  • Rapids such as The Seven Stairs, Zoom Flume, Canyon Doors, and Seidel's Suckhole
  • Check in at 9:30 am at our Granite Outpost | Return to outpost around 4pm
  • $104/adult; $94/child ages 7-12

Trip Details

Rafting Browns Canyon Colorado: the ultimate Colorado river rafting experience! The full day Browns Canyon Sizzler is a great trip for the whole family – a great option for first-time rafters and a can't-miss for experienced paddlers.  This trip offers a classic white water rafting trip in one action-packed day. A hot chicken fajita lunch is provided riverside halfway through the trip and the additional rapids make the Browns Canyon Sizzler the best option for a one-day Colorado adventure.

Browns Canyon on the Arkansas River offers thrilling whitewater appropriate for a wide range of folks. Take in the impressive mountain and canyon scenery as you raft through a proposed Federal Wilderness Area. Appropriate for the younger members of your group, but still exciting for the older kids and adults, rafting Browns Canyon is your chance to enjoy Colorado whitewater rafting for all ages and ability levels!

You'll start out the day with a safety talk and a quick paddling lesson from your guide.  You'll get valley-wide, panoramic views of over a dozen 14,000-ft peaks.  You'll have just enough time to get used to working as a team before you hit the first blast of rapids.  Once you're inside Browns Canyon, the stunning granite walls rise up to either side while the thrilling rapids continue! 

Halfway through the canyon, we'll break for our signature sizzling fajita lunch by the edge of the river.  Now is a great chance to kick back and take in the jaw-dropping views of the Collegiate Range, a chain of 14,000 foot mountains looming to the west.  Browns Canyon shows you Colorado beauty at its best as it runs through a proposed National Monument, so don't forget to keep an eye out for local bird life and other wildlife!  Or, just kick back and enjoy the sound of the river rushing by as you prepare for even more excitement on the second half of your trip.

At the end of the day, we'll shuttle you back to our outpost where you can change into dry clothes.  Stop by our retail shop and check out photos from the trip while you and your friends recount the thrills of your day.

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 4 hours on the river, one mid-day departure per day

Browns Canyon Sizzler: 16 river miles, about 5 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. River levels fluctuate a great deal within one season and even within a short time. The higher the water, the quicker the trip. The lower the water, the slower the trip.  We do our best to give you the most accurate information and your safety is always our first priority in determining the exact section on which our trips take place. For the most part, though, the trip information you read here will be just how your trip operates.

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

Browns Canyon Sizzler Highlights

  • Family Intermediate Whitewater
  • Drop 35 ft. per mile
  • Full day excursion with hot chicken fajita lunch on the Arkansas River
  • Life jackets, wetsuits, splash jackets, and helmets are provided!

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