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Colorado Whitewater Rafting Adventures

Buena Vista Rafting

Historic Buena Vista - whitewater rafting capital of Colorado

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.

Buena Vista, Colorado White Water River Rafting Adventures on the Arkansas River

whitewater rafting in Buena Vista, ColoradoOur 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.

About Buena Vista

arkansas river rafting narrowsIn 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.

Getting There

Transportation to Buena Vista is available from Summit County and Denver. Call for pricing and details:
1-800-997-3448. However, 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. View and click the map on this page page for directions to our Buena Vista rafting office.

  • From Denver – About 2.5 hours
  • From Colorado Springs – About 2 hours
  • From Summit County – About 1.25 hours
  • From Vail – About 1.5 hours
  • From Aspen – About 1.5 hours

For more information contact us today and let us help you plan a memorable adventure. 1-800-997-3448

Buena Vista Rafting Trips

Team Building

Team Building
We offer personalized team building activities for a variety of groups. Whether it’s your family reunion, wedding, club outing, or company retreat, we can design a team adventure for you! Challenging whitewater rafting, thrilling Ziplining and an exciting High Ropes Course are a few of the activities available. Our base camp, located at Glenwood Canyon Resort, offers a variety of lodging options for your stay. Let us bring your group together! Please speak with our Group Specialist about designing an event for you. Book your trip online!

Double Zip

Double Zip
A double blast! Twice the fun of our Express Zip. You’re all geared up and your confidence is soaring high so why not do it again?  Just an extra ten bucks! Cost: $45 Book your trip online!

Zipline Canopy Tour

Zipline Canopy Tour
Soar above the treetops and cross the river three times among wooden towers on this trip that also highlights Idaho Springs’ gold mining history. No experience necessary but be ready to gain some height! The tallest in our five-tower course is over 65 feet.
  • Requirements: 48 inches tall and 65 to 250 pounds. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Cost: $89 per person
  • Meeting Time: 30 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Idaho Springs
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Vail Pass Shuttle Downhill Ride

Vail Pass Shuttle Downhill Ride
Hop a shuttle to the very top of Vail Pass at an elevation of 10,666 feet! The Colorado Rockies rise in every direction totally surrounding you as you ride downhill on a smooth, paved bike path. Trips depart from our convenient locations in both Vail and Summit County.
  • Cost: $35.00 per person includes bike rental, helmet, shuttle service to Vail Pass

Express Zip Trip

Express Zip Trip
Our professional Zipline staff will greet you and provide a safety briefing and demonstration. Once you’re fitted in your safety harness, gloves and helmet, it’s up the 40" launch tower for a truly unique and thrilling experience. Clip in, step off, and feel the adrenaline rush as you accelerate out over the Colorado River and soar across the river on one of our three zipline cables. Traverse the suspended bridge to the return tower, and soar back across the river for a fun, easy, and exciting zip with a birds-eye view of the spectacular Glenwood Canyon. Reservations recommended.
  • Minimum Requirements: 48" tall & 65 to 280 lbs.
  • Cost: $35 per person
  • Trip Times: AM and PM trips available - Call to Reserve
  • Meeting Time: 30 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Glenwood Springs
Book your Zip Line trip online!

High Adventure Zip

High Adventure Zip
High Ropes Challenge Course, Climbing Wall and Zipline Start your adventure ascending our 40' Climbing Wall (attempt it a few times if you dare!). Then you're on to your next set of challenges on our High Adventure Ropes Course! Our guides will secure you with a belay line as you cross from tower to tower on our Raider Bridge, gain confidence as you reach for the Multi-Vine Ropes and test your balance while crossing the Swinging Steps Bridge. A thrilling zip across the Colorado River (where you'll encounter yet another adventure bridge to cross) and a final zip back completes this perfect adventure! Our rock climbing walls offer the ideal challenge for all ability levels. Kids of all ages (48" tall & 65 to 280 lbs) will enjoy the wide variety of fun features on our Adventure Course. A true family fun activity! Reservations are strongly recommended, as spaces are limited.
  • Minimum Requirements: 48" tall & 65 to 280 lbs
  • Cost: $55 per person
  • Trip Times: 9AM 11:30AM, 2PM, 4:30PM
  • Meeting Time: 30 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Glenwood Springs
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Zip & Leap Trip

Zip & Leap Trip
Zipline/Leap of Faith Combine a screaming zipline ride with our nerve testing Leap of Faith challenge jump! You’ll zip across the canyon, climb the 35 foot tower and leap off, reaching for the trapeze bar suspended in space. What a rush! Conclude your experience with an exciting return zip back across the rushing waters of the Colorado River.  Reservations required.
  • Minimum Requirements: 48" tall & 65 to 280 lbs
  • Cost: $59 per person
  • Trip Times: AM and PM trips available - Call to confirm
  • Meeting Time: 30 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location:  Glenwood Springs
Book your Zip Line trip online!

Browns Canyon Half Day

Browns Canyon Half Day
A classic, this ½-day trip is one of the best in all of America. Granite canyon walls and fourteen-thousand-foot peaks are the backdrop for challenging rapids such as Pinball, Zoom Flume, Big Drop and others. Take a couple hours out of your day and explore one of the most classic whitewater stretches in Colorado.
  • Class: 3/4
  • Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate
  • Minimum Age: 7 yrs. / 50 lbs.
  • Adult Cost: $49
  • Child Cost: $44 (12 and under)
  • Trip Times: 10AM, 2PM
  • Meeting Time: 45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Buena Vista

Browns Canyon Full Day

Browns Canyon Full Day
This is the most popular full-day trip in Colorado, and for good reasons. Excellent for first-timers and experienced rafters alike, this pool-and-drop stretch of river is fun for just about everyone. Raft Browns Canyon and tackle classic rapids such as Zoom Flume, Widow Maker and Siedel’s Suck Hole. This collection of rapids makes Browns Canyon one of the best Class III-IV river runs in all of America. For lunch, we will stop in the canyon to enjoy a steak and chicken BBQ lunch, prepared on the spot by your guide.
  • Class: 3/4
  • Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate
  • Minimum Age: 7 yrs. / 50 lbs.
  • Adult Cost: $86
  • Child Cost: $76 (12 and under)
  • Trip Time: 10AM
  • Meeting Time: 45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Buena Vista

Numbers Full Day

Numbers Full Day
This extreme and continuous stretch of Class V water is for experienced and aggressive paddlers only. With almost 6 miles of continuous Class IV+ rapids, the Numbers is one of the toughest commercially run sections of whitewater in the United States. It’s not for everyone, but for those who take the challenge, it’s the trip of a lifetime! Rafters looking to run the Numbers must have previously rafted Class IV or V rapids, be in good physical condition, and be able to swim.
  • Class: 3/5
  • Difficulty: Expert
  • Minimum Age: 16
  • Cost: $108 per person
  • Trip Time: 10AM
  • Meeting Time:  45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Buena Vista
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Royal Gorge Full Day

Royal Gorge Full Day
Here the Arkansas River flows through the 1,100-foot-deep Royal Gorge, one of Colorado’s most popular natural wonders. While you are catching your breath between the incredible Class IV-V rapids, you can take in the stunning beauty of the gorge. At high flows (May-July) this trip is almost non-stop whitewater, and not for the faint of heart. The Royal Gorge is recommended highly for aggressive paddlers who are in good physical shape and know how to swim. This trip includes our famous BBQ lunch, prepared by your guide.
  • Class: 3/5
  • Difficulty: Expert
  • Minimum Age: 16
  • Cost: $105 per person
  • Trip Time: 10AM – Call 970-402-6081
  • Meeting Time: 45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Royal Gorge
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Narrows & Browns Canyon 2 Day

Narrows & Browns Canyon 2 Day
Set out on your first day for an exciting river rafting trip through the continuous rapids of the Narrows. Set up camp alongside the Arkansas River and relax with the smells of a gourmet dinner under the stars. Do not worry, we take care of all the cooking! Wake up to a hearty breakfast the next morning and get ready for an exciting full day in Brown’s Canyon. All meals are included. Camping gear rentals can be arranged.
  • Class: 3/4
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Minimum Age: 12
  • Cost: $325 per person
  • Trip Time: 10AM – Call 970-402-6081
  • Meeting Time: 45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Buena Vista
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