Browns Canyon rafting trips

Browns Canyon

Thrills & mountain views near Buena Vista

Perfect for kids

Are you bringing your kiddos for their first rafting expedition? We offer paddle assist oar rafts. On these rafts, our guides have ultimate control while young ones help us along.

Soak in the sights and sounds

Rapids balanced with peaceful floating let you immerse yourself in nature.

Just the right amount of adventure

Family-friendly (ages 7+) whitewater rafting with Class I-III rapids, perfect for beginners, or experts looking to take it easy.

Welcome to the splash zone

Our friendly guides know how to get the whole family soaked and smiling.

What to expect

The full story

On your Browns Canyon rafting trip you’ll enjoy stunning scenery combined with some of the best rafting in the state. One minute you’ll find yourself in awe as you stare up at the Collegiate Peaks (snow-capped mountains towering over 14,000 feet). The next you’ll be paddling frantically through class III rapids.

Browns Canyon is conveniently situated near Buena Vista, Colorado, so you can make a weekend of riding the rapids and exploring the quaint mountain towns that surround you. Buena Vista is an outdoor adventurer’s paradise, with gold medal fishing, mountain biking, hiking, and more. Whether this is your first time on the river or your 50th, you’ll have a blast rafting Browns Canyon.

What is Browns Canyon Rafting Like?

Browns Canyon white water rafting is the perfect combination of class I, II, and III rapids within pristine Colorado wilderness. Feel your raft drop over the horizon line leading up to Zoom Flume rapid and quickly pick up speed, one of the most exciting rapids you’ll find on this section of the river. Spend time marveling at the canyon walls, where thousands of years of rushing water has created magnificent views.

Are you bringing your kiddos for their first rafting expedition? We offer paddle assist oar rafts. On these rafts, our guides have ultimate control while young ones “help” us along. Looking for more of a challenge? On our more traditional rafts, you and your fellow rafters will work as a team to navigate the river. At Echo Canyon River Expeditions, we’ll help you craft the custom Browns Canyon rafting trip that’s best for your group.

What Else You’ll Find When You Raft Browns Canyon

Located next to the Browns Canyon National Monument, this stretch of river has some of the most scenic whitewater in the country. On the peaceful stretches between rapids, your certified guide will fill you in on the rich history of the area. Look down and you may spot the rainbow trout Colorado is known for. Scan the cliff walls for bighorn sheep, defying gravity as they bound up the steep rock faces. You’ll find excitement and wonder when you raft Browns Canyon.

We offer half-day and full-day Browns Canyon white water rafting trips. If you join us on a full day trip you’ll experience a full 18 miles of the Arkansas River! You can sit back and enjoy the experience as we take care of everything for you. Rafting can really work up an appetite – we’ll treat you to a tasty lunch as we sit along the river.

  • Half Day $100

    Adults and children. 3 hour trip.

Additional details

  • Minimum age 7+ years
  • Beginners and families welcome!
  • Class I, II and III rapids
  • Half-day trip lasts a total of 3 hours, with 2 hours on the river
  • Full-day trip lasts a total of 6 hours, with 4+ hours on the river
  • Departs near Buena Vista

If you’re ready for the ideal Colorado rafting experience, look no further than Browns Canyon rafting. With pristine wilderness, snow-capped peaks, and revitalizing rapids, you’ll find your perfect rafting trip here. Whether you’re a family out on their first river expedition or a couple looking for an adventure, we’ll help you craft your perfect Browns Canyon rafting trip.

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