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Rafting Near Buena Vista

Buena Vista White Water Rafting

Surrounded by 14,000’ snow-capped peaks, Buena Vista is an outdoor-lovers paradise. With a name that’s Spanish for “good view,” this mountain town is home to natural hot springs, exciting rivers, and breathtaking views.

With the Arkansas River right next to town, Buena Vista rafting and kayaking trips are considered some of the best in the country. Rafting in Buena Vista can mean big waves that will leave you white-knuckled and breathless, or a gentle float down class I and II rapids. And whether you’re looking for a half-day rafting trip or a multi-day adventure, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for in this mountain town. Browns Canyon is routinely acclaimed as not only the closest but also the best family rafting in Buena Vista. Snow-capped mountains are the backdrop for the experience that takes you through exhilarating Class III rapids, and alongside the wild and scenic Browns Canyon National Monument. 

Why should I raft in Buena Vista?

Whether you are just beginning or a seasoned veteran, you’ll find the perfect Buena Vista rafting trip here with us. Are you looking for a succession of class IV rapids? Or are you taking your kids on their first trip down the river? You can find the right Buena Vista white water rafting trip for your group! You can opt for a half day trip if you only have a few hours free, but the full day trip is well worth it if you can afford the time.

Explore the Town

Once you finish your Buena Vista rafting trip, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to seek out even more outdoor fun! If you are looking for more adventures, you can find:

  • Fly-fishing
  • Mountain biking
  • Hiking (over 10 "fourteeners" in the area)
  • Four wheeling
  • Hot Springs (look up Mount Princeton Hot Springs or Cottonwood Hot Springs)
  • Rock climbing
  • Paddleboarding
  • Swimming

More Information

This small town has a variety of lodging options. You can camp out at Arrowhead Point Camping Resort, enjoy natural hot springs at Colorado Hot Springs Inn & Spa, or enjoy a ranch stay at Elk Mountain Dude Ranch.

If you decide to visit the Royal Gorge area about 1.5 hours away to check out the many attractions there, we offer luxury cabins and glamping tents. You’ll enjoy first class amenities with the mountains at your doorstep.

Our luxury cabins offer:

Plush king beds
Indoor and outdoor fireplaces
Lightning fast WiFi
Flat screen TVs with cable access
Private Patios
BBQ Grills
Spa-style bathrooms

White water rafting in Buena Vista is sure to work up an appetite. You will find numerous cozy establishments here. Some of our favorites are:

House Rock Kitchen
Simple Eatery & Spoon it Up
The Midland Stop
Biggies
Jailhouse Craft Beer Bar (craft beer and delicious pizza)
Deerhammer Distilling Company (for cocktail hour)

Plan Your Dream Buena Vista Rafting Experience

When you are ready to escape to this blissful mountain town, we are here to help. We offer single and multi-day trips, and we’ll help you create a trip that you will never forget!