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Browns Canyon is the most popular whitewater rafting section in Colorado, and for good reason! Recently designated a National Monument, this beloved section of the Arkansas River offers 10-18 miles of Class III-IV whitewater that is perfect for the whole family. Whether you’re a first-time rafter or an experienced paddler, Browns Canyon is the place for you!

Your Browns Canyon half-day or full-day trip starts just 2 miles south of Buena Vista, CO where you will get ready for your adventure. Knowledgeable staff will help you from start to finish to ensure this whitewater rafting trip is the highlight of your vacation.

Splash through exciting whitewater while your professional river guide shows you the time of your life in this unique part of Colorado. Beautiful views of the 14,000 foot peaks, unique granite rock formations and wildlife will inspire you to return again and again, as many do every year. Start your annual whitewater rafting tradition this summer!

Once you reach the take-out enjoy snacks and drinks on the 20-minute bus ride home. Once changed back into dry clothes, don't forget to view your photos. A riverside lunch is included on all full-day adventures.
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Browns Canyon National Monument
Wilderness Aware Rafting
Experience the adrenaline-pumping excitement of a whitewater rafting adventure at Browns Canyon National Monument on this professionally guided, full- or half-day excursion. Ride along the clear, crisp waters of the Arkansas River, from the river’s source in the beautiful Arkansas Valley, with dramatic 14,000 foot peaks to the bottom of the Royal Gorge. Crash through the Class III and IV rapids of the Granite Gorge and Browns Canyon National Monument whitewater. All boating equipment — rain gear, drinking water and a personal floatation device — are included.
  • Take a whitewater rafting adventure down the Arkansas River
  • Challenge Class III and IV rapids
  • Choose from a half- or full-day excursion
  • All necessary equipment is included
  • Fun for the entire family
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile
Great 1/2 Day trip through Browns Canyon

We booked our rafting tour with Wilderness Aware Rafting because of a family recommendation. They said it was by far the best outfitter. After booking our full day Browns Canyon trip, they called to let me know the full day was not going to be...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Great time

We felt welcome as soon as we arrived. Hailey (sp?) at the front desk was friendly and helpful while checking us in and telling us what we needed to do. The guides did a good job explaining everything at the safety brief. Our guide Eric...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago
First rafting experience, and it couldn't have been better!

Miller was our guide on a half day trip through Browns Canyon. He was informative and fun. The trip was great. I will definitely be using Wilderness Aware again.

Thank Tommy K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Great time--second booking with this company

Great day on the water with Jesse and Rob! Our group of four adults enjoyed the scenery, the interesting information provided by Jesse, and a great day of rafting! At lunch, I really appreciated the chance to hike up to have an overhead view of...More

Thank 297Teacher
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Great trip! Will definitely go back.

We had a group of 14 all on our first half day trip and we all loved every minute of it. The staff were great and very helpful. They put everyone at ease and made it a day to remember. I strongly recommend going.

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Tammy I
11 June 2018|
Response from Ronald H | Reviewed this property |
This was the first time for my family, I have 2 teenage girls and we had a blast doing the 1/2 Day Browns Canyon afternoon. We had a lot of fun, the water was nice and cool. You will end up spending about 1:45 on the water.
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