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There’s a reason that whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River in Colorado is one of the most popular and exciting river trips in the country. Combine the scenic beauty of the Arkansas River Valley with the majestic Colorado mountain terrain and the excitement of continuous whitewater and you get the best whitewater trips available in Colorado!

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ARKANSAS RIVER RAFTING

From tons of family rafting trips to Class V advanced+ paddling challenges that will test even the biggest adrenaline junkies, there are stretches of the Arkansas River right for any rafting ability!

FAMILY RAFTING TRIPS

Browns Canyon trips are our most popular family rafting trips! For beginner to intermediate rafters, we suggest Browns Canyon. This stretch of rafting on the Arkansas River near Buena Vista is one of the most rafted stretches of whitewater in the country offering accessible rapids for rafters of all ages and dramatic scenery that made Colorado famous. Browns Canyon is a national monument and your rafting trip through Browns will provide you scenic rafting on consistent intermediate whitewater.

Some of our favorite Arkansas River rafting trips through Browns Canyon:

BROWNS CANYON EXPRESS TRIP
A great trip for all ages and experience levels, Browns Canyon Express delivers a dose of pulsing Class III whitewater, spectacular scenery, and a handful of the most well-known rapids anywhere in Colorado!

BROWNS CANYON SIZZLER TRIP
A full day trip packed with awesome whitewater and spectacular scenery–we launch in view of snow-capped peaks, drifting through some of the most dazzling mountain river country on Earth! Hot chicken fajita lunch riverside included.

BROWNS CANYON HALF DAY
Excellent rafting for all ages and experience levels, this 10-mile trip delivers a mix of exhilarating whitewater and the majestic quality of a granite canyon. Calm enough for even the youngest rafting enthusiasts but still thrilling for adults, Browns Canyon is our most popular family rafting trip.

ALSO CONSIDER:

  • 24 Hours in Browns Canyon (Overnight trip)
  • Browns Canyon Half Day + Zipline Package (includes lunch)

ADVANCED RAFTING TRIPS

If you’re a fit and active rafter seeking adventurous non-stop whitewater action, the Arkansas River has plenty to offer as well. You’ll find some of the best advanced whitewater in all of Colorado on the upper sections of the Arkansas River, just across the street from our Granite Outpost.

THE NUMBERS
Featuring advanced, continuous rapids, The Numbers is one seriously action-packed trip. A fantastic advanced whitewater rafting trip, the Numbers offers back-to-back-to-back rapids on one of the best advanced whitewater runs in Colorado. No experience necessary but good physical condition required.

THE GAUNTLET (PINE CREEK & THE NUMBERS)
For those of you adrenaline junkies looking for more, Pine Creek is the most advanced section (and the only true Class V section) on the Arkansas River.

OVERNIGHT RAFTING TRIPS

24 HOURS IN BROWNS CANYON
Our most popular overnight rafting trip includes camping in a remote canyon and a hearty, delicious dinner and breakfast prepared by your guides. This trip goes through 26 miles of family – intermediate whitewater of the renowned Browns Canyon.

3 DAY MILD TO WILD
The ultimate in Colorado adventure on an Arkansas River rafting trip, you’ll start with two days of intermediate rafting fun where you can hone your skills for the third day on the most advanced whitewater on the Arkansas River. We even take a little time in between to enjoy inflatable kayaking as well as rock climbing and rappelling in Granite Gorge.

2 DAY ADVANCED
Spend 2 days and 1 night on the Arkansas River! Raft a total of 40 miles through class III and IV, including the Numbers, Narrows and Browns Canyon sections.

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