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Our Trips on the Arkansas River

An unforgettable Colorado white water rafting excursion is waiting for you! American Adventure Expeditions offers guided rafting trips filled with jaw-dropping fun. On our adventure-packed day tours, we paddle down rushing white water rivers that wind through glacier-carved canyons. Take in Alpine scenery as you meander between granite cliffs and drop into thrilling rapids on the most famous white water rafting areas in Colorado — and the world! Our most popular Colorado white water rafting day trips include the rugged Browns Canyon and the challenging Numbers section. We are based in Buena Vista, Colorado on the banks of the Arkansas River.

Colorado's Best White Water Rafting

Browns Canyon Rafting Adventures

There is no better way to experience the picturesque Browns Canyon National Monument than paddling down the river by which it was carved. Our Browns Canyon guided excursion is a classic Colorado white water rafting adventure. Zigzag between hair-raising white water rapids and calm, trout-filled water where you can take in the stunning Rocky Mountain Colorado landscape and wildlife. On this family-friendly trip, you’ll tackle renowned Colorado white water rapids such as Big Drop, Zoom Flume, and the Toilet Bowl. It will be a white water rafting day trip you won’t forget! With easy access from Denver and Colorado Springs, there is no better time for you to book your Colorado white water rafting trip with American Adventure Expeditions. We offer various trip lengths with guides seven days a week, so call to book yours now!

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The Numbers Rafting Adventures

Calling all white water junkies! Our Numbers rafting trip was made for you. Those brave enough to take on this epic adventure will start by dropping directly into the challenging headwaters of the Arkansas River. From there, the big water waves just keep on coming. Your heart will pound big-time as you navigate the narrow and rocky Class IV rapids in this action-packed guided white water rafting trip in Colorado. The Numbers section is one of the most difficult commercially-rafted Colorado rivers, and it takes you past incredible scenery, too. The clear water comes straight from the snow on the white-tipped Colorado peaks surrounding the region. Grab your friends or family and sign up now for one of our full-day excursions renowned as the Colorado white water rafting experience of a lifetime.

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Browns Canyon Rafting Adventures

There is no better way to experience the picturesque Browns Canyon National Monument than paddling down the river by which it was carved. Our Browns Canyon guided excursion is a classic Colorado white water rafting adventure. Zigzag between hair-raising white water rapids and calm, trout-filled water where you can take in the stunning Rocky Mountain Colorado landscape and wildlife. On this family-friendly trip, you’ll tackle renowned Colorado white water rapids such as Big Drop, Zoom Flume, and the Toilet Bowl. It will be a white water rafting day trip you won’t forget! With easy access from Denver and Colorado Springs, there is no better time for you to book your Colorado white water rafting trip with American Adventure Expeditions. We offer various trip lengths with guides seven days a week, so call to book yours now!

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The Numbers Rafting Adventures

Calling all white water junkies! Our Numbers rafting trip was made for you. Those brave enough to take on this epic adventure will start by dropping directly into the challenging headwaters of the Arkansas River. From there, the big water waves just keep on coming. Your heart will pound big-time as you navigate the narrow and rocky Class IV rapids in this action-packed guided white water rafting trip in Colorado. The Numbers section is one of the most difficult commercially-rafted Colorado rivers, and it takes you past incredible scenery, too. The clear water comes straight from the snow on the white-tipped Colorado peaks surrounding the region. Grab your friends or family and sign up now for one of our full-day excursions renowned as the Colorado white water rafting experience of a lifetime.

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The most epic white water rafting in Colorado takes place on the Arkansas River, the sixth-longest river in the U.S. The scenic waterway, which begins in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, is fed by the pristine powder that gets dumped on the peaks every winter. As the snow melts, the river comes to life. The most popular white water sections on the river are located near Buena Vista, where rafting and kayaking are the heartbeat of the town. The river is also known for its large brown and rainbow trout population, making it a Gold Medal Trout Waters location in Colorado. Recreationists can also enjoy the surrounding canyons carved by the river on horseback or ATV. The granite cliffs and pine forests that border the river are home to wildlife such as bighorn sheep and eagles.

The peak season for white water rafting trips on the world-class Arkansas River typically runs from April to September. Visitors can take a scenic float on the Arkansas River or paddle through raging Class V rapids with a guide. Regardless of your experience level or desire for adventure, there is a rafting day trip available for you. American Adventure Expeditions is excited to provide memorable guided tours on the Arkansas River. We are located in Buena Vista, Colorado, with easy access from Colorado Springs and Denver.

About Browns Canyon National Monument

In 2015, Browns Canyon National Monument became one of the newest national monuments in the country. The mountainous canyon is located in the Sawatch Range of the Rocky Mountains, and a large part of it is located in the San Isabel National Forest. The region includes peaks that tower over 10,000 feet and valleys at 7,300, and the biodiversity provides a one-of-a-kind ecosystem for wildlife. Browns Canyon includes primitive forests and flawless rivers, including the Arkansas River. In the spring, the region bursts with wildflowers that poke through the granite cliffs speckled with igneous rock. Rafting enthusiasts flock to the region to take advantage of the guided adrenaline-pumping white water rafting adventures on Colorado’s Arkansas River. The experienced guides at American Adventure Expeditions share the history and geology of the region as they navigate the waters with you.

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Family-friendly trips and floats

American Adventure Expeditions offers guided white water day trips for the whole family. Families can unwind while enjoying the high alpine vistas on a float down the Arkansas River. Those who are looking for a more exhilarating experience can sign up for a white water rafting day trip with our skilled guides. Our seasoned crew will ensure every member of the family has a fun and safe trip. They take care of everything so you and your family can sit back and have fun together. With our first-rate facilities and equipment at our riverfront outpost, we ensure you feel both comfortable and secure during your entire trip.

Our friendly guides love providing a unique experience for everyone in their boat. It is sure to be a trip that every member of the family will remember. Experience the incredible scenery along the Arkansas River by traveling down it with your family. We offer rafting and floating adventures for kids aged 5 and up.

White water trips for thrill-seekers

Get your heart pounding on our high adventure trips. For those chasing white water, we have the perfect trips for you. We will tackle some of the most challenging white water rapids in Colorado on the Arkansas River. The river rushes between narrow corridors before dropping into technical, rocky rapids. Guides navigate crews as they experience non-stop white water. There is no better place in Colorado to get your white water fix.

American Adventure Expeditions provides visitors with top of the line facilities and equipment so you can feel safe and comfortable as you paddle down the river. At our riverfront outpost in Buena Vista, we will teach you the lingo and the techniques for tackling massive rapids. Our seasoned crew of guides is ready to take you on the experience of a lifetime. Grab some friends and schedule your day trip today.

Planning Your Colorado White Water Rafting Adventure

All winter long, thousands of people visit Colorado to take advantage of our unrivaled skiing and snowboarding terrain. But it’s when the snow melts that the action at American Adventure Expeditions really gets started. We take full advantage of all that melted powder as it runs down the mountains and flows into Colorado’s Arkansas River.

The Upper Arkansas River Valley offers miles of exciting rapids and mellow play holes. When you need a break from the action, kick back on one of many sandy river banks to catch some rays and enjoy a refreshing snack. But keep your eyes peeled — you never know when you may spot a bighorn sheep, an eagle, or a rainbow trout!

When you’re ready to start planning your Colorado white water rafting adventure, give us a call. Our friendly staff has been adventure-seekers create the perfect itinerary for more than 20 years. We’ll help you pick the right trip, know what to pack, and understand our stress-free booking guarantee. Vacation shouldn’t be stressful! Let us handle the organizing while you get stoked for the best white water rafting in Colorado.

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This is the best place ever to book any events you plan to do there were no hidden fees everything is upfront and no surprises we are so glad we were able to come across this place it was awesome cant wait to go back

– Shemelle G
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Had a blast with all girls white water rafting with Shawn our guide. Water was perfect, support from our guide helped us through the rough waters. Very supportive and encouraging words throughout the journey for us beginners. He was very charming, super positive, fun and an awesome conversationalist. Highly recommended!

– Priti P
rafting arkansas Rafting Browns Canyon

Had a great time rafting Brown's Canyon with AAE on a full-day trip. This was only my second time rafting and everything about the day was very well-organized and fun. Allison was an outstanding guide from start to finish. Will likely plan a trip with them again in the future!

– Henry C
rafting meals eating Family Vacay!

We loved our trip! We had the Irish guy, Brian, he was the BEST! He guided us brilliantly. He entertained us with stories. He got to know us and ask questions about our family. He made the day simply perfect.

– Deena B
outdoor activities with kids hiking Great Family Adventure!

We booked the Browns Canyon trip to celebrate our youngest's 6th Birthday. He had the time of his life. It was just enough thrill to keep our teenagers happy and plenty of time to meandering down the river to enjoy the beautiful scenery. I would highly recommend this ride and company for your next rafting adventure.

– april s

About American Adventure Expeditions

As Colorado’s leaders in white water hospitality, we at American Adventure Expeditions go the extra mile to make our guests feel welcome, wanted, and comfortable. Our experienced staff is prepared to answer all of your questions about our thrilling escapades, address any concerns, and exceed all expectations throughout your entire experience with us! From the first phone call to the last paddle ‘high-five’ at the end of your Colorado white water rafting trip, we spare no expense when it comes to your comfort, safety, and enjoyment!

For the upcoming season of white water rafting in Colorado, American Adventures has a plethora of adventure offerings! In addition to our amazing staple service of white water rafting down Colorado’s favorite river, we also offer Mountain Adventures and Adventure Packages, so no matter your desired level of adventure, we have something for you! Whether it’s a horseback ride along the base of the Continental Divide, a zipline adventure across ‘The Lost Canyon’, or an ATV tour through the Colorado backcountry we have an activity you and your friends or family will love.

Our Colorado white water rafting and mountain adventure packages combine exciting Arkansas River trips with any of our mountain adventures and a gourmet riverside BBQ lunch! Whether you’re looking for an adventure on the land, through the air, or in the water, American Adventure Expeditions offers the best outdoor activities in Colorado!