Buena Vista means “beautiful view” in Spanish, and that’s exactly what you get in this Colorado mountain town: beautiful views everywhere you look. Surrounded by the Collegiate Peaks — the largest collection of 14,000-foot mountains (“fourteeners”) in the state of Colorado — Buena Vista is also in the heart of the Arkansas River valley, home to the Arkansas River. It’s the most popular commercially run river in the United States.
Our trip selections include a wide range of adventures, from advanced to beginner rafting in Colorado to relaxing float trips. No matter which you choose, we create the perfect Colorado white water river rafting experience by offering 1/2-day, full-day or multi-day trips for an extended vacation. Trips on the Arkansas can be tailored to most any ability, age range or level of difficulty desired and are offered from mid-May through early September.
The most family-friendly time of year for Buena Vista rafting in Colorado is after the water starts to calm down, usually from July through September. Peak water season, for those seeking maximum whitewater thrill, is usually during June.
Dedicated to providing our guests with the best possible experience, we deliver Colorado white water river rafting adventures that are informative, memorable, exciting and fun. We handle all the details . . . think terrific meals, personalized service, technically skilled guides and all the necessary equipment.
All rafting trips include rafts, helmets, personal flotation device, basic instruction and a professional, highly skilled river rafting guide.
For details on the Arkansas River, please click here. Or simply call us at 1-800-997-3448 and let us help you plan a memorable Buena Vista trip featuring rafting in Colorado today.
In addition to world-class Colorado white water river rafting adventures and stunningly tall mountain peaks, Buena Vista offers many things that make the town worth exploring. Unlike the polished, upscale and sometimes glitzy towns of Vail and Aspen, it is a picturesque but “real” mountain town that hasn’t been overtaken by development.
The rustic charm is nicely complemented by the range of outdoor activities including hiking, biking, camping, horseback riding, and two fabulous natural hot springs just minutes from town (Mt. Princeton and Cottonwood Hot Springs) . The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, which is a Colorado State Park, runs through the valley, and the area offers great camping as well as a variety of cabins, lodges, motels and charming B&Bs.
We thinking getting there is half the fun so we encourage you to make the drive and enjoy it as an integral part of the adventure. If you choose to drive yourself, thus saving money and stopping as you like along the way, below are some approximate travel times.
Colorado Adventure Center, Inc. (DBA Rock Gardens Rafting, Highside Adventure Tours, Inc.) operates under special use permits with the White River National Forest, Colorado State Parks, Clear Creek County and is an equal opportunity service provider.
All Lower Colorado River (Shoshone Rapids) and Roaring Fork trips offered through Rafting Colorado, a fully licensed and permitted outfitter.