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From relaxing floats to white-knuckled adventures, this river has it all.

Classic Colorado Whitewater

It doesn’t matter what type of river rafting excursion you’re looking for – from a mild and relaxing trip down our Family Float, a wildlife-filled day trip in Browns Canyon, or even the ultimate thrill ride on the huge white water of the Numbers – we offer the best white water rafting in Colorado and work tirelessly to ensure that your trip with us is the highlight of your travels.

Classic Colorado Whitewater
Browns Canyon Half Day

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Ages 7+ | Intermediate | Allow 3 hours

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The Numbers Full Day

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Ages 15+ | Advanced | Allow 6 hours

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Family Float

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Ages 5+ | Beginner | Allow 2 hours

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Why Choose AAE For Your Colorado Rafting Trip?

Ours aren’t the only white water rafting boats you’ll see out on the Arkansas River, but you can bet that our guests have the most fun. Our stress-free booking guarantee is an early sign of the quality customer service our adventurers can expect from us. You don’t have to worry about sneaky fees due to trip changes or cancellations made more than 72 hours in advance, and we provide free wetsuit rental, splash jackets, and river shoes.

Once you arrive, we’re confident that your smile will only get bigger and your good mood will become great. Every member of the AAE river rafting guide team loves what they do, and enjoys sharing everything the Colorado wilderness has to offer.

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Zero Cancellation Fees
Zero Cancellation Fees

Full refund for cancellations made 72 hours before trip. No cancellation fees, no trip insurance required, no questions asked.

100% Fun
100% Fun

With over 3 000 5-star reviews on TripAdvisor, and a 5-star Googie ranking, your next great adventure starts here.

Free Wetsuits
Free Wetsuits

Wetsuits, splash jackets, and river shoes included free of charge. So no matter the weather we've got you covered.

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Rafting the Arkansas River

There are many reasons why the Arkansas River in Colorado is one of the most popular river rafting destinations in North America. It flows for more than 100 miles, offering unparalleled views and diverse terrain for groups or individuals of all skill levels.

Convenient river access makes rafting in Colorado ideal for families with small children and travelers hoping to pack a trip with as much adventure as possible. AAE has been offering rafting trips out of Buena Vista, Colorado for more than thirty years, so our guides know every bend of the Arkansas River. We work hard to ensure you create lasting memories and have a fantastic time.