Exciting & Active

24 Hours in Browns Canyon

Experience Colorado’s best overnight whitewater rafting. This trip provides a unique way to explore the most popular stretch of whitewater rafting in the country as you paddle and camp in the heart of Colorado’s Rockies.

The Highlights Of Your Trip

Raft through Browns Canyon National Monument and along the Arkansas River over two full days. This adventure is a perfect group adventure and combines paddling with the chance to camp under the stars, relax by the fire, and bond with each other. No need to worry about cooking or lugging heavy equipment – AVA guides have got you covered!

Book this trip


How much


From $339

Ages 13+

From $329

Ages 7-12 15% off with promo SUMMERDAZE15


What's included


  • Overnight Trips
  • Rafting

Trip Length


2 Days


How Hard


Exciting & Active

Who can go

Minimum Age

7 years old & Up

What AVA’s 24 Hours in Browns RAFTING looks like

Trip Highlights

A. What to Expect

  • Two days of rafting over 22 miles on the Arkansas River
  • Paddle intermediate class III rapids
  • Hike, play games, fish (fishing license required), and relax at camp
  • A delicious dinner and breakfast prepared by your guide
  • Stunning scenery through Browns Canyon National Monument and along the Arkansas River
  • A gear raft will accompany your trip, carrying all personal belongings, provisions, and camping equipment
  • Enjoy campfire stories and the chance to sleep under the stars
  • Bring your own sleeping bag or rent one from us


B. Trip Itinerary

  • Meet your guide at our Buena Vista outpost on day 1
  • Gear up and take a short shuttle to the river
  • Hit the rapids and spend the day on the water
  • Set up camp in the heart of Browns Canyon
  • Free time to hike, fish, read, or relax
  • Enjoy a riverside dinner made by your guide
  • Sleep under the stars
  • Wake up to breakfast cooked by your guides
  • Spend the morning on the river
  • Arrive back at our outpost
  • Review photos from your trip

C. Who will love this trip?

  • School, scout, church, or team groups looking for an exciting way to get outside and spend time together
  • Families hoping for a unique, outdoor vacation or trip
  • Groups looking for a convenient camping and rafting experience in Colorado’s great outdoors

What to expect

On Your Whitewater Rafting Adventure

Overnight Rafting Trips Colorado

Multiple days of excitement

This adventure is for those looking to experience the best of Colorado in a convenient, stress-free environment! You’ll hit the water, navigating the Arkansas River’s mellower rapids, and after a couple of hours of rafting, we’ll set up camp in the heart of Browns Canyon for a spectacular evening.

You can go for a hike, tie a line, play games, or relax while we set up camp and cook you a delicious dinner. Enjoy stories around a fire and sleep under the stars, waking up to the aromas of breakfast. After your hearty meal and a hot cup of coffee, we pack up and launch our boats to enjoy a morning of fantastic intermediate whitewater.

Unparalleled Scenery

Over the course of your overnight rafting, you will be captivated by the breathtaking waters of the Arkansas River, framed by the grandeur of Browns Canyon’s granite cliffs. With the opportunity to raft through a National Monument, you will be exposed to the best of Colorado scenery the entire way. Stay alert for glimpses of wildlife such as bighorn sheep, eagles, and trout as you paddle. At camp, you will again be treated to riverside scenery, with the chance to explore the area near your campsite.

Rafting gear set along side the launch point.

Included Gear & Packing List

All of your gear will be provided for your rafting and zipline excursions. This includes:

  • PFD
  • Wetsuit
  • Splash jacket
  • Helmet


  • Shoes that will stay securely on your feet… no flip flops or crocs! (Rafting)
  • Fleece and/or quick dry clothing
  • Waterproof sunscreen & sunglasses
  • Cash to tip your raft guides
AVA sign in Colorado.

Continue the Adventure

Discover the abundance of activities awaiting you in Buena Vista and its surrounding area, perfect for a weekend getaway or an evening excursion.

  • Relax in one of our cozy cabins or picturesque campsites and wake up rejuvenated for another day of exploration.
  • Explore other outdoor opportunities including hiking, biking, fly-fishing, or horseback riding
  • Try out Buena Vista’s diverse array of restaurants and breweries, offering flavors to please every palate.
  • Conclude your experience by unwinding at either the nearby Cottonwood Hot Springs or Mount Princeton Hot Springs

Trip Location

Rafters on smooth waters.

Buena Vista

40671 US-24
Buena Vista, CO 81211

If using Google Maps, ‘US 24 North’ is incorrect and will take you 10 miles south of us. Type in the address exactly as listed above to ensure correct directions.

On the hunt for a true mountain excursion?  Head to Buena Vista, Colorado to raft through a national monument on our Brown’s Canyon 1/2 day trip, fly above the Arkansas River Valley on our Mountaintop Zipline, or Rock Climb the majestic Granite Gorge Cliffs, where views of the majestic Collegiate Peaks will take your breath away.

AVA’s Buena Vista Outpost is located just over an hour from Summit County and under two and a half hours from Denver, Colorado.

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three rafts on the upper colorado river with rocky cliffs on either side.

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