Whitewater Rafting in Buena Vista, Colorado

Browns Canyon

Buena Vista, home of Browns Canyon National Monument, is the center to some of the world’s best whitewater rafting. As a premier boating location, Buena Vista is proud to offer a variety of rafting options on the Arkansas River, Colorado’s most rafted river. No matter if you’re a beginner or seasoned rafter, you’ll be sure to find a trip that fits your expectations. Get ready to buckle up that PFD and embark on a Colorado rafting excursion that you won’t forget!

Family Floats

Class I-III

You’ll enjoy fun waves and splashes while rafting through small rapids on Family Float sections. Many rafting companies offer a trip down the “Milk Run”, which is an ideal choice for those with small children. First-time rafters often take Family Float trips in order to gain some experience before paddling through bigger water. Along these scenic routes, you’ll get fantastic views of the Collegiate Peaks and may even see some wildlife.

Browns Canyon

Class III-IV

Browns Canyon, one of the most rafted sections on Colorado’s Arkansas River, offers excitement for families and those looking for an intermediate rafting experience. As you travel through Browns Canyon, you’ll view large granite walls and beautiful rock formations, and you may even spot bighorn sheep, raptors or mule deer. Choose a half day trip to navigate through about 10 miles of Colorado whitewater or opt for the full day trip that includes a stop for lunch and around 16 miles on the river.

Numbers

Class IV-V

Rafting the Numbers is for adrenaline junkies who want to paddle a technical section of Colorado whitewater. This portion of the Arkansas River is very steep and action-packed, with new rapids around every corner. Since it requires intense paddling during most of the trip, the Numbers is only recommended for those who have good physical stamina. On full day trips, you’ll travel about 19 miles. 

Pine Creek

Class IV-V

If you want an intense, class V rafting trip, then rafting the 11-mile Pine Creek section is the option for you. One of the most difficult rapids on the Arkansas River is located in Pine Creek; you’ll navigate through intense whitewater during a class V rapid that lasts for 1.5 miles and drops 200 feet with every mile. This portion of the Arkansas River usually takes about 6 hours to complete.

The following whitewater rafting guides and outfitters are proud members of the Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce: