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Buena Vista

Browns Canyon National Monument Whitewater Rafting

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    What to Expect
    Browns Canyon is the most popular whitewater rafting section in Colorado, and for good reason! Recently designated a National Monument, this beloved section of the Arkansas River offers 10-18 miles of Class III-IV whitewater that is perfect for the whole family. Whether you’re a first-time rafter or an experienced paddler, Browns Canyon is the place for you!

    Your Browns Canyon half-day or full-day trip starts just 2 miles south of Buena Vista, CO where you will get ready for your adventure. Knowledgeable staff will help you from start to finish to ensure this whitewater rafting trip is the highlight of your vacation.

    Splash through exciting whitewater while your professional river guide shows you the time of your life in this unique part of Colorado. Beautiful views of the 14,000 foot peaks, unique granite rock formations and wildlife will inspire you to return again and again, as many do every year. Start your annual whitewater rafting tradition this summer!

    Once you reach the take-out enjoy snacks and drinks on the 20-minute bus ride home. Once changed back into dry clothes, don't forget to view your photos. A riverside lunch is included on all full-day adventures.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Buena Vista, CO
    • All taxes, fees and handling charges
    • Professional guide
    • Transportation from our office to and from the river
    • Continental breakfast on all morning departures
    • Snacks on the return trip to our office
    • Entry/Admission - Browns Canyon National Monument
    • Gratuities
    • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately. Avoid cotton material.
    • Wetsuits, splash jackets and booties available to rent on site
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    The guides on this tour were absolutely amazing. Not only were they personable, they also made sure safety was on the top of their priority. Was a great experience, everything down to the little swim we took in the river, to getting to know our guide, the knowledge about the
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    Really great guide (forgot his name but kid that left West Point for the better life). He obliged me in my old man jokes with many of his own. Ton's of fun!
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    We have a vacation home close by and have used Wilderness Aware each time for raft trips with our guests - 6-8 times this summer. Each trip has been so well organized, outfitted and FUN!! The guides are fun and extremely professional and safe! Highly recommend!
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    We had an amazing time on the Arkansas River with Wilderness Rafting. They had a great balance between having fun and staying safe. We felt that our guide was knowledgeable and able to navigate the rapids - our kids were definitely nervous and she made them feel at ease. It was
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    terrific! Staff was friendly and informative. Felt comfortable and safe for a 1st timer. Went with my young adult children and had best time. I recommend this place.
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