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Rafting Near Denver on the Arkansas River

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Browns Canyon Trip

Experience the thrill of white water rafting through the spectacular Browns Canyon on the Arkansas River with Downstream Adventures. Navigate exciting beginner to intermediate rapids and soak in breathtaking scenery on this unforgettable adventure in the heart of Colorado.


The Numbers

Join us for an adrenaline-fueled rafting adventure on the Numbers! Experience the thrill of navigating intense Class IV and V rapids through breathtaking Colorado scenery, making it the ultimate challenge for experienced rafters and adventurous first timers seeking an unforgettable white water experience.


Experience the ultimate adrenaline rush with Downstream Adventures on a thrilling Arkansas River rafting trip. Navigate through the heart-pounding rapids of The Numbers or the family-friendly section of Browns Canyon.

The Arkanksas River, widely considered one of Colorado’s most renowned white water destinations, while surrounded by stunning scenery including views of Coliegaint Peaks, Sawatch Range and Browns Canyon National Monument.

Whether you’re a beginner seeking an exciting adventure or an experienced rafter looking for a challenge, our expert guides will ensure a safe and unforgettable experience. Choose from half-day or full-day trips and prepare to conquer the exhilarating rapids of the Arkansas River, leaving you with memories to last a lifetime.

Book your trip today and let Downstream Adventures awaken your sense of adventure!

  • Legendary white water rafting destination
  • Rafting for all levels
  • Half-day, Full-day, Multi-Day options
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Generally, the higher the water level, the more challenging the trip. Our high water season, Mid-Late June is the most exciting time to go rafting. Our more moderate flows come late-May through early-June and in July. Our typical low-water season is mid-May and August.

Wetsuits are typically overkill, but we do have a limited selection available on site. Splash jackets are provided but not always necessary on the Arkansas River. You will want to wear clothes and footwear you are comfortable getting wet in. Swimsuit, athletic shorts, leggings, sun-hoody, rash guard, and fleece top are all suitable layers to wear. Avoid wearing any cotton. You will need shoes that stay on your feet, so no flip-flops or crocs. A hat, sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended.

Our trips go out rain or shine. It is extremely rare for us to cancel trips base of weather. Although, we do reserve the right to cancel or alter trips if we deem conditions to be unsafe. Colorado high country often calls for rain in the forecast, but the forecast can be deceiving. Rain and thunderstorms are typically scattered and very short lived. As they saying goes, “If you don’t like the weather in Colorado, wait 15 minutes.”
Our Arkansas River rafting location is conveniently situated near Buena Vista, Colorado, nestled in the picturesque Arkansas Valley. Surrounded by the majestic Collegiate Peaks, Sawatch Range, and Mosquito Range, Buena Vista offers an ideal setting for white water rafting adventures. Located less than 1.5 hours from Vail and Breckenridge, and just 2 hours from Denver and Colorado Springs, our Arkansas River rafting trips are easily accessible from major cities and mountain resorts alike. Whether you’re seeking thrills on the rapids or simply want to immerse yourself in the beauty of Colorado’s wilderness, Buena Vista is the perfect starting point for your Arkansas River rafting adventure.

At Downstream Adventures, we guarantee that all of our guides are highly qualified and experienced. Each guide has been certified in CPR/first aid and trained in life-saving swiftwater rescue techniques, and that’s just our minimum requirement! All of our full-time guides have surpassed the highest level of guide qualification recognized by the state of Colorado (level 3).

Our guides are some of the most experienced in Colorado and are skilled in Swift-Water Rescue and precision boat control. Of course, you are entering a wild and natural environment and there are risks involved, but we at Downstream Adventures take great pride in making trip safety our top priority.

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Downstream Adventures grew out of the deep passion of two brothers, Ryan and Jonathan. Their lifetime of experience on whitewater rivers around the globe led to their desire to share those experiences with people from all walks of life. It is our mission to provide safe and thrilling opportunities for our guests to fall in love with adventure.


At Downstream Adventures, we stand out from the rest with our winning formula for an unforgettable rafting experience. We are a passionate, family-owned and operated business relying on decades of river experience. Here’s what sets us apart:

Commitment to Safety

Your safety is our top priority. We adhere to strict safety standards, so you can focus on the thrill of the rapids with confidence.

Expert Guides

Our seasoned guides aren’t just knowledgeable about the rivers; they’re passionate about creating an exhilarating yet safe adventure for you.

Top-Notch Equipment

We believe in using the best gear for the best experience. Our top-of-the-line equipment ensures both safety and excitement on the water.

All Skill Levels Welcome

Whether you’re a novice or a rafting veteran, we cater to all experience levels. Our trips are designed to accommodate everyone, ensuring a fantastic ride for all.

Convenient Accessibility

Located just a short drive from Denver and Colorado Springs, getting to your adventure has never been easier.

Passion for Adventure

Join Downstream Adventures for a thrilling, safe rafting journey fueled by our deep passion for adventure and commitment to sharing it.

Choose Downstream Adventures for the ultimate white water rafting experience in Colorado. We’re not just a rafting outfitter; we’re your partners in creating memories that last a lifetime.