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Rafting Buena Vista

Buena Vista has often been called the Whitewater Capital of Colorado, and for good reason!  Home to two of the most popular stretches on the Arkansas River, The Numbers and Browns Canyon, Buena Vista white water rafting has something for everyone. 

  • Family-Friendly and High Adventure Rafting options available.
  • Close proximity to major resort towns (Breckenridge, Frisco, Keystone, etc.).
  • Home to the most popular stretch of whitewater in Colorado, Browns Canyon!

Enjoy relaxing Family Floats or race down the river in a white-knuckled adventure; our guides know this area like no other and they can’t wait to share it with you!

5 Years Old (Trip Dependent)
Class I-V (Trip Dependent)
Buena Vista Rafting Outpost

Browns Canyon

Trips Starting From $55
Multiple Departure Times Daily
Trips Range From 3 to 6 Hours

This gorgeous remote canyon is home to some of the state’s best whitewater and most awe-inspiring scenery.  Recently named Colorado’s newest National Monument, Browns Canyon is famous for it’s ideal balance between exciting rapids and incredible mountain views!  With classic rapids like Zoom Flume, Big Drop, and the Seven Stairs this trip is sure to please!

*This trip departs from our Buena Vista Rafting Outpost and the minimum age is 6 years old.

The Numbers

Trips Starting From $75
Multiple Departure Times Daily
Trips Range From 2.5 to 5.5 Hours

One of the most technical and physically demanding Class IV-V sections of river in the state, this stretch offers non-stop action and continuous thrills!  With so many continuous rapids, features and drops, it was easier to name it by number rather than name.  Be sure to get a good night’s sleep…you’ll need it, as this trip is not for the faint of heart!

*This trip departs from our Buena Vista Rafting Outpost and the minimum age is 16 years old.

Family Float

$45 Ages 5+
Departs: 11:00 am
Allow up to 1.5 hours

This unforgettable journey through the serene waters of the Arkansas River will expose you and your family to amazing scenery, All-American wildlife, awesome family photos and stunning mountain vistas. Our guides will entertain you with countless jokes and stories and they’ll only get you wet if you want to! Our Colorado float trip is perfect for anyone who is a first-timer or who would prefer to leave the ‘white’ out of whitewater…. so go ahead bring the whole family!

*This trip departs from our Buena Vista Rafting Outpost and the minimum age is 5 years old.

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Recommended Add-Ons or Packages

Although rafting is by far the most popular activity in the Buena Vista area, there are countless other ways to enjoy the Rocky Mountains.  From Horseback trail rides to first-class Zip-line tours, we have it all.  Just give our friendly staff a call, and we’ll customize an adventure itinerary to meet the desires of your entire group.

Directions to our Buena Vista Rafting Outpost:

Our Buena Vista Rafting Outpost is conveniently located just a short drive from a number if Colorado Mountain Resorts.  Below you’ll find directions from a number of different starting points, and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at any point: 

719.395.2409
12844 Highway 24/285
Buena Vista, CO 81211

Driving from Denver?

Take Highway 285 South towards Fairplay. From Fairplay, continue on 285 South towards Buena Vista for about 40 minutes. As you drop into the Arkansas River Valley on 285 (you’ll see the peaks!), we are immediately across the Arkansas River Bridge on the left. Look for our big AAE sign and large log entryways. (Approx. 110 miles)

Driving from Colorado Springs?

Take Highway 24 West out of Colorado Springs, following signs towards Buena Vista. Highway 24 will eventually meet up with Highway 285 South. Take a left at this junction towards Buena Vista. As you drop into the Arkansas River Valley on 285 (you’ll see the peaks!), we are immediately across the Arkansas River Bridge on the left. Look for our big AAE sign and large log entryways. (Approx. 90 miles)

Driving from Breckenridge?

Take Highway 9 South (which is also Main St.) through Breckenridge towards Fairplay. In Fairplay, take a right onto Highway 285 South towards Buena Vista. As you drop into the Arkansas River Valley on 285 (you’ll see the peaks!), we are immediately across the Arkansas River Bridge on the left. Look for our big AAE sign and large log entryways. (Approx. 60 miles)

Driving from I-70?

Take the Copper Mountain/Leadville exit off of I-70 (exit 195). Continue following Highway 91 South past Copper Mountain towards Leadville. Highway 91 South becomes Highway 24 South in Leadville. Follow 24 South through Buena Vista. Approximately 2 miles south of Buena Vista, turn left onto Highway 24/285 towards Colorado Springs and Denver. We are approximately ½ of a mile up on the right side. Look for our big AAE sign and large log entryways. (Approx. 60 miles)

Custom Driving Directions to Buena Vista Office

We look forward to seeing you at our Buena Vista office for an amazing rafting trip. To make your trip to see us easier please use our link to create your own custom directions, all you have to do is input your starting address. To get custom directions to our Buena Vista office please Click Here.

Preparing for your Buena Vista Rafting Trip

What to Wear & Bring

The key to enjoying any of our adventures that depart from our Buena Vista Rafting outpost is being properly prepared and dressed.  Here’s a list of things that we recommend to wear and bring:

  • Swimsuit
  • Quick-Drying Clothes (no cotton, no denim)
  • Sun Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Dry Clothes & Towel for after your trip
  • Water Shoes (No Flip Flops, Crocs or Bare-feet!)
  • Money for items such as:
    • Rental Gear
    • Photos
    • Souvenirs
    • Guide Gratuity

Optional Rental Gear

Although most summer days include plenty of sunshine, you have to remember that this water is coming straight off the Rocky Mountains and can sometimes be a bit chilly.  No need to worry as we have all of the gear that you could possibly want or need to make sure that you’re as comfortable as possible.
If you’re not sure what you’ll need, don’t worry.  Come in the day of your trip and our friendly staff will give you an honest recommendation based upon water levels, air temperature, and weather forecasts.  We have a 100% satisfaction guarantee so making sure you’re comfortable is our top priority.

  • Wetsuit – Stretchy 2mm neoprene keeps your core warm without unnecessary bulk
  • Splash Jacket – Urethane coated nylon jacket with neoprene neck and wrist gaskets to help with the splash
  • River Shoes – Neoprene boots that keep your feet warm, comfortable, and well protected

* 1 Rental Item = $5.00, 2 Rental Items = $10.00, Complete Rental Package = $12.00