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Browns Canyon Rafting Trip

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Browns Canyon Rafting Colorado

Take an exhilarating journey through the stunning Browns Canyon with Downstream Adventures. Located on the Arkansas River, this white water rafting trip offers an unforgettable experience surrounded by breathtaking scenery. Navigate thrilling Class III rapids as you wind through the rugged Browns Canyons National Monument, taking in the majestic views of the Collegiate Peaks. With expert guides leading the way, adventurers of all skill levels can enjoy the excitement of this iconic rafting destination. Whether you’re seeking heart-pounding thrills or simply want to immerse yourself in nature, Browns Canyon rafting trips promise an adventure to remember.


  • PRICE: $96 / Person
  • DURATION: 3.5 Hours
    Approximately 10 river miles
  • DEPARTURE TIME: 9 am & 1:30 pm
  • MINIMUMS: 7 years old & 50 lbs.*
  • CHALLENGE LEVEL: Beginner/Intermediate
  • TRIP SEASON: May – Labor Day
    All rafting equipment, Wetsuit Booties Rental: $5


  • Thrilling White Water Rapids: Conquer exciting rapids on the Arkansas River as you navigate through the iconic Browns Canyon.
  • Spectacular Scenery: Immerse yourself in the stunning natural beauty of Colorado’s rugged canyons and majestic Rocky Mountains.
  • Expert Guides: Enjoy peace of mind with our experienced and knowledgeable guides leading the way, ensuring a safe and memorable Browns Canyon white water rafting adventure.
  • Fun For the Whole Family: Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced rafter, this trip caters to adventurers of all levels, making it perfect for families and groups.
  • Close Proximity: Conveniently located near Buena Vista, approximately 2 hours from major Colorado cities like Denver and Colorado Springs, offering easy access to this thrilling rafting experience.



Most popular rafting trip in Colorado!

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What's Included


  • Transportation from our outpost to the river and back
  • Excellent white water rafts and safety equipment
  • Wetsuit and splash jacket for each guest
  • Custom-fit PFD (personal flotation device or life jacket) and helmet
  • Dry bag for necessary items like medication

Note: Neoprene bootie rentals are available for $5 per person.

What to Bring

  • Swimsuit or non-cotton shorts
  • Shoes that can get wet and stay on your feet (tennis shoes or sport sandals are great)
  • Sunscreen
  • Dry change of clothes for after the trip
  • Your excitement and enthusiasm!

For more information, check out our recommendations on rafting safety & basics.

Additional Information


If you’re seeking a thrilling white water rafting experience surrounded by stunning scenery and exciting rapids, then Browns Canyon is the perfect rafting trip for you. Arguably the best Class 3 run in the state, it’s suitable for both beginners and experienced rafters, making it ideal for family activities, groups, and individuals looking for an adventure-packed day on the water. Plus, with convenient access from Breckenridge, Vail, Denver, and other major cities, Browns Canyon offers an unforgettable rafting experience that will leave you with lasting memories.

Wetsuits and splash jackets are provided but typically not necessary on the Upper Colorado. You will want to wear clothes and footwear you are comfortable getting wet in. Swimsuits, athletic shorts, leggings, sun-hoody, rash guards, and fleece tops 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 based on weather. However, 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 the 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.