Exciting & Active

Browns Canyon Half Day + Rock Climb

The Highlights Of Your Trip

Explore the best of Colorado on this full day of adventure. You’ll have the opportunity to climb high above the Arkansas River Valley and rush the rapids on the Arkansas River.

Minimum age 7 years old and minimum weight 50 lbs, Maximum 250 lbs.

Book this trip


How much


From $193

Ages 13+

From $183

Ages 7-12 15% off
with promo SNOWDANCE24


What's included


  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing

Trip Length


Full day, no lunch


How Hard


Exciting & Active

Who can go

Minimum Age

7 years old & Up

What AVA’s RAFTING + ROCK CLIMB looks like

What to expect

On Your Rafting & Rock Climbing Adventure

Rafters with oars up along the river.

Trip Overview

Join AVA for a thrilling Rock Climb + Rafting adventure in beautiful Buena Vista! Spend half the day rock climbing with our experienced guides with your safety in mind. No matter what your experience level, our instructors can offer beginner routes with heavy instruction or simply point the way to more advanced routes for experienced climbers. You will learn the basics of belaying, rappelling & setting anchors. Whether you want to learn more about the sport or you just want to give it a try, our trips are perfect for you.

After a few hours of climbing, we’ll break for lunch. The other half of your day you’ll work to negotiate the intermediate whitewater rapids of the classic Browns Canyon. This trip delivers a mix of exhilarating whitewater and the majestic quality of a granite canyon. This stretch of the Arkansas River is perfect for different ages and experience levels.

Girl Scout on a Via Ferrata course.


  • Approximately 9-10 miles on the river
  • Rapids such as Zoom Flume, Pinball, and Siedel’s Suckhole
  • Multiple climbing routes to choose from
  • Learn belaying, knot tying, and rappelling
  • Experienced raft and climb guides
  • Stunning views of the Arkansas River and river valley
  • Wildlife spotting
Woman tying knots before rock climbing in Colorado

Trip Itinerary*

  • Meet up with your guide at the Buena Vista Outpost
  • Gear up for Rock Climbing in Granite Gorge Cliffs
  • Climb and learn new skills!
  • Break for lunch at the outpost – please pack a lunch to enjoy
  • Gear up for the Browns Canyon 1/2 Day Rafting
  • Meet your guide & hit the rapids!
  • Paddle together through rapids like Zoom Flume & Pinball
  • Shuttle back to the Outpost
  • Review photos from your trip

*For some trips, the order of adventures may be switched. Please check your individual booking for exact details.

Rafting helmets on the sandy ground.

Included Gear and Packing List

All of your gear will be provided for your rafting & rock climbing excursions. This includes:

  • PFD
  • Wetsuit
  • Splash Jacket
  • Helmet
  • Zipline harness
  • Gloves


  • Waterproof shoes that will stay on your feet (no flip-flops or crocs)
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses (and strap)
  • Closed toed-shoes
  • Longer pants or shorts that will fit in your harness
  • Lunch
  • Cash to tip your raft & zip guides!

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.


Yes, please pack a lunch to enjoy between adventures.

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