Browns Canyon Rafting
River Rafting & Tubing • Kayaking & Canoeing
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Browns Canyon Rafting is your trusted, locally owned and operated Colorado Rafting Outfitter and Outdoor Adventure Company. At our Buena Vista Rafting headquarters, we provide guided Arkansas River Rafting and Clear Creek Rafting trips. In addition to rafting, we offer many outdoor activities like Inflatable Kayaks, Rock Climbing and kayak lessons. We are also partnered with other providers to offer Zip Lining, Horseback Rides, ATV Rentals, Mountain Bike Rentals and Natural Hot Spring passes. We look forward to sharing in your next adventure. Get away from the crowds! We are an experienced, smaller, personable outfitter that would be delighted to help you plan your next adventure and experience the beauty of the Colorado rocky mountains with you. We would love it if you joined our Browns Canyon Rafting family! We cater to all ages and ability levels. From scenic flat water floats to extreme heart pumping class five adventures and everything in between. Come make memories with us today!
Buena Vista, Colorado

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Colin G
Denver, CO7 contributions
Aug 2022
We had an excellent time rafting The Numbers with Nathan F.. At least for beginners, rafting is a trust exercise between rowers and their guide. The rafters (us) hope the guide will keep us on the right path and the guide (Nathan F.) hopes we listen to his instruction. From my perspective, if the guide can nail the trust piece with their team, you are in for an incredible day. I note all of this to say that Nathan did an excellent job giving us the information we needed in a timely fashion leading to an amazing full day trip. Thank you, Nathan, and the whole team at Browns Canyon Rafting!!
Written August 17, 2022
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GemAHane
Thatcham, UK7 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
Phenomenal trip with probably the best guide (river or otherwise) we’ve ever had. Moose was absolutely fantastic: funny, knowledgeable and skilled at navigating us to the fun parts of the rapids despite our rookie paddling. Cannot recommend this guide and rafting company enough! Loved, loved, loved it!!!
Written June 20, 2022
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Mickey Joe
9 contributions
Jun 2022
It's hard to say what part was my favorite: it was all Fantastic. For the Best thrill, chose Pine Creek and the Numbers. You'll have a fantastic ride! Late May or early June is best.
A fantastic ride with my 15 year old in 48 degree water. We chose a full day trip and had an excellent experience. We also learned about the Arkansas River itself, and how it was formed, surfing, hydraulic waves, the best approach to a rapid, and eddy currents. The rescue & safety training was a confidence booster and we had a safety person in a kayak follow along with us should anyone fall in to provide guidance and help if necessary.

Many Thanks to our awesome guide Jeremy.
Written June 8, 2022
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deanna s
3 contributions
Jul 2020
We had a group of 4 adults that did a 3 1/2 hour kayak trip in their inflatable "Duckies" with Brown's Canyon Rafting. I called the night before and booked the trip for the next morning. Their customer service is very good and it was a quick process. Our group had kayak experience but being from the midwest our rivers don't have the rapids that Colorado has. Our guide Ethan was the BEST! He was very informative about the trip and how to read the river and how to maneuver the kayaks. We felt very comfortable and confident in his hands should anything happen. He was very personable and shared his knowledge about the local area. We covered a part of the river that was class 2+ rapids. At times he would hang back and let us take the lead and learn by experience! Brown's Canyon is off the beaten path and maybe not as big as some of the other outfitters but if you are looking for a great time with great people, this is your company. Thanks to Ethan and Brown's Canyon we have some wonderful memories of our trip on the Arkansas River and the beautiful Buena Vista area. If we get the chance to come back we will for sure tour with Brown's Canyon and maybe check out their rafting!
Written July 12, 2020
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Stephen M
3 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
The guides were great! We had a great time and this is one of the highlights of our trip. Would definitely go again. The gift shop is affordable and has some nice clothing, we didn’t have a great options for warm clothes after we came off the river and made use of the store.
Written June 22, 2022
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Heidi B
Tucson, AZ5 contributions
Jun 2021
We were on our honeymoon and booked the Paddle and Saddle package for a half day of rafting and half day of horseback riding. This was amazing! Olivia was our rafting guide and she gave clear instructions and great information along the way. We felt like we were so involved vs just along for the ride. It was an amazing half day rafting and this was our first time ever and we never felt in danger or at risk of falling out. We followed instructions, laughed a lot and met some great people. After we had a little time to buy a t-shirt and our pics from the river (amazing!!!!! and well worth it!!! and then grabbed a quick bite to eat down the road and headed over to the stables (Mt Princeton) where our guides were awesome and fitted us to an appropriate horse based on experience and the ride was fun and varied and the guides all very helpful and informative. I strongly suggest this combo package for both young and old and if you are inexperienced, definitely book it and gain the experience. Well worth it!!!! A perfect day of adventure!
Written June 20, 2021
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Jacquie D
Bloomingdale, NJ144 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
We had a wonderful time with Browns Canyon Rafting! The registration process was quick and easy and the people were super friendly. We did the full day trip and Javon was our rafting guide; Andrea was in the other raft which did the full day trip. They were both great! The facilities were clean and the pictures taken were awesome. They have tons of merch if that’s your thing and the wet suits, etc supplied were clean and well-cared for. We really loved our trip on the full day Numbers section and would love to do an overnight trip with the group in the future! Thank you, Browns Canyon Rafting!
Written August 7, 2022
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Jill P
Lima5 contributions
Jul 2022
This is our second time rafting with this company they are great! We did the Milk Run this time because we had a first timer. It was on the 4th of July and somebody was giving out free hot dogs on the river and we got to swim. Our raft guide was Tom, cute and awesome <3
Written July 13, 2022
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mike
Chicago, IL6 contributions
Aug 2020
My family of 12 people aged 5 to 70 enjoyed the rafting trip. We had two boats. The guide in my boat was great. He was laid back and let us enjoy the trip. Apparently the guide in the other boat was a litlle more strict. It would be good to have more infomation from the guides regarding the area during the trip.
Written August 21, 2020
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69khowton
Double Springs, AL1 contribution
Sep 2022 • Family
We absolutely had the best time with Browns Canyon Rafting! James is an extremely knowledgeable and capable guide. He worked hard to get us down the river in low flow conditions. We all had a fantastic time and will be back.
Written September 3, 2022
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