Exciting & Active

Browns Canyon 1/2 Day


Get ready to experience the best of Colorado on our Brown’s Canyon half-day trip. This family-friendly adventure rushes you down the Arkansas River and through Browns Canyon National Monument on exciting yet mellower class III rapids.


The Highlights Of Your Trip

Browns Canyon white water rafting is a family-friendly rafting trip appropriate for all ages (7+) and experience levels, with this trip delivering exhilarating whitewater amidst the majestic walls of a granite canyon.

Book this trip


How much


From $89

Ages 13+

From $84

Ages 7-12 15% off
with promo SUMMERDAZE15


What's included


  • Rafting

Trip Length


Half Day


How Hard


Exciting & Active

Who can go

Minimum Age

7 years old & Up

What AVA’s Browns Canyon RAFTING looks like

Trip Highlights

A. What to Expect

  • Half-day whitewater adventure on the Arkansas River
  • Approximately 9-10 miles on the river
  • Rafting through Browns Canyon National Monument
  • Wildlife sightings and stunning scenery
  • Intermediate family-friendly whitewater on class III rapids

B. Trip Itinerary

  • Arrive at our Buena Vista outpost, check-in, and meet with your guide to gear up for your adventure
  • Ride our shuttle to the river, where your guide will brief you on basic paddling techniques
  • Hit the water and spend either the morning or afternoon navigating the Arkansas River, conquering class III rapids including Zoom Flume, the Staircase, and Widow Maker
  • Paddle through a national monument
  • Return to the outpost review photos captured during your trip

C. Who will love this trip?

  • Families looking for an exciting yet calmer whitewater experience
  • Nature lovers hoping to appreciate Colorado’s best scenery
  • Groups with children ages 7 and older

What to expect

On Your Whitewater Rafting Adventure

Group of rafters paddling through splashy white water on the Arkansas River.

Excitement with every splash

Raft the nation’s favorite stretch of river, as you paddle the Arkansas River 10 miles through Browns Canyon National Monument. Together with the rest of the crew in your boat, you will work to negotiate class III rapids. This trip is perfect family-friendly fun, and your group of all ages will have a blast conquering this intermediate whitewater.

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

Unparalleled Scenery

Not only will your Brown’s Canyon half day adventure provide excitement out on the water, but beautiful scenery around every turn will keep you on the edge of your seat. You’ll pass through Browns Canyon National Monument, where the granite walls in contrast to the dazzling blue of the Arkansas will take your breath away. Remember to keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, as big horn sheep, deer, elk, eagles, and other wildlife can sometimes be spotted on the banks or in the sky above.

Included Gear & Packing List

All of your gear will be provided for your rafting excursion. This includes:

  • PFD
  • Wetsuit
  • Splash jacket


  • Shoes that will stay securely on your feet… no flip flops or crocs!
  • Fleece and/or quick dry clothing
  • Waterproof sunscreen & sunglasses
  • Cash to tip your raft guide
Tent on a lake shore at dusk.

Continue the Adventure

Dive into the energy of Buena Vista, an ideal setting to continue the day’s adventures or enjoy a weekend retreat.

  • Extend your stay in one of our cabins or campsites, ensuring your adventure is complemented by comfortable accommodations.
  • Explore a range of outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, fly-fishing, or horseback riding.
  • Refuel and check out the diverse culinary scene of Buena Vista with its variety of restaurants and breweries.
  • Rejuvenate your body in nearby Cottonwood Hot Springs or Mount Princeton Hot Springs.

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