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Flowing through four states, the Arkansas River is the sixth longest river in the United States. Its source basin and Arkansas River Canyon can be found in Colorado, where it is a popular spot to go whitewater rafting. It runs past the Rocky Mountains and drops extensively as it flows through the valley, creating the conditions that are good for rafting and kayaking. Depending on the section of the river there is everything from Class IV and V rapids to gentler II and III sections that are ideal for beginners. Waters weave scenically in and through canyons and gorges surrounded by thick forest and snow-capped peaks.

Aside from boating and fishing, visitors to the Arkansas River often utilize the facilities and the beautiful backdrop for activities such as hiking, camping, mountain biking, birding, and rock climbing. There is also great fly fishing in this part of the river, particularly for trout.

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Browns Canyon National Monument Whitewater Rafting

Browns Canyon National Monument Whitewater Rafting

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Enjoy the experience of a lifetime with family friendly Colorado rafting through Browns Canyon National Monument on the Arkansas River. Exciting class III-IV rapids intermixed with calm water in between make Browns Canyon rafting great for beginners and experts alike.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$92.65
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$92.65

Numbers Full Day Rafting Trip

Numbers Full Day Rafting Trip

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Get your adrenaline pumping as you embark on this whitewater rafting excursion down the Arkansas River. Navigate Class IV and IV+ rapids with your group and guide. take in the beautiful scenery along the way, and refuel with a fajita feast right on the banks of the river. This tour is suitable for those in good physical condition and can swim; no prior rafting experience required but is recommended.
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  • 7 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Browns Canyon National Monument: Classic Tour

Browns Canyon National Monument: Classic Tour

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Experience Brown's Canyon rafting on a family-friendly white-water trip through a gorgeous canyon outside of Buena Vista. You'll learn the basics of paddling, then take on a series of fun rapids interspersed with laid-back stretches of calm water. Along the way, admire gorgeous views of the canyon that you can't reach by car.
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  • 3 hours
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Browns Canyon National Monument: Deluxe Tour
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Browns Canyon National Monument: Deluxe Tour

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Enjoy a full-day rafting trip in Browns Canyon, considered a top rafting destination in Colorado and the United States. Depart from Buena Vista in the morning for transport to the Arkansas River where it runs through Browns Canyon National Monument. Your guide shows you the basics of paddling, then hops into a raft with you for a thrilling ride through both whitewater and calm stretches of the river. Your tour includes lunch, paddling instruction, all necessary equipment, guide, and round-trip transportation from Buena Vista.
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  • 6 hours
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$147.07
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Intermediate Bighorn Sheep Canyon Whitewater Rafting Trip

Intermediate Bighorn Sheep Canyon Whitewater Rafting Trip

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See what makes Bighorn Sheep Canyon one of the most popular rafting locations near the Royal Gorge on a half-day whitewater adventure that’s suitable for both novices and experienced rafters. Soak up views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains and pristine Colorado scenery in between tackling class II-IV rapids. At just a half day, it's an easy way to fit in a favorite Rocky Mountains outdoor activity.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$91.56
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Browns Canyon Rafting Full Day

Browns Canyon Rafting Full Day

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Raft down Colorado’s Arkansas River in Browns Canyon on this half-day whitewater rafting adventure. Start at Buena Vista and make your way down 12 class I, II, and III rapids with your guide across 16 miles of rivers. Enjoy a delicious, locally sourced, lunch just on the banks of the river and admire the beautiful views of the Collegiate Peaks.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Browns Canyon Intermediate Rafting Trip with Transportation

Browns Canyon Intermediate Rafting Trip with Transportation

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Journey to the Browns Canyon National Monument, and spend time on the Arkansas River with this 7-hour rafting adventure. Set out on the river, and roll over heart-pumping rapids, including the popular Pinball, Zoom Flume, and Big Drop. Make the most of your trip to Colorado with a full day planned out for you, including round-trip transportation from either Breckenridge, Fisco, or Keystone. Plus this adventure is fun for both beginners and rafting enthusiasts.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Full Day Intermediate Rafting Trip in Browns Canyon

Full Day Intermediate Rafting Trip in Browns Canyon

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Novice and advanced rafters alike agree that running Browns Canyon on the Arkansas River makes for a fun-filled day on the water. Admire canyon scenery as you head through white water, including rapids such as Pinball and Big Drop. Lunch is also included for you to enjoy partway through the trip.
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  • 6 hours 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$135.63
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Bighorn Sheep Canyon Raft and Zipline - Class III Rapids, 9 Zip Lines, & lunch

Bighorn Sheep Canyon Raft and Zipline - Class III Rapids, 9 Zip Lines, & lunch

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Complete two popular outdoor adventures against the backdrop of crisp Colorado scenery on this combo tour with a top-rated company. Spend the morning navigating the mild rapids of Bighorn Sheep Canyon on a whitewater rafting run that’s perfect for beginners and families. After lunch at a bar and grill near the Arkansas River, take flight on an exciting zipline course above the high desert landscape.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$179.00
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The Numbers: Classic Tour

The Numbers: Classic Tour

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The Numbers Rafting is the ultimate Colorado rafting adventure! Experience the non-stop thrills and excitement of rafting in Colorado at the headwaters of the Arkansas River. You’ll navigate through tight passages, steep drops, and continuous action on this incredible Colorado river rafting trip.
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  • 3 hours
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$108.65
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The Numbers: Deluxe Tour
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The Numbers: Deluxe Tour

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Paddle 'The Numbers,' a challenging section of the Arkansas River, on a thrilling white-water rafting trip from Buena Vista. You'll shoot through a series of rapids, drops, and tight channels, with continuous white water that makes for a high-adrenaline experience from beginning to end. After a morning on the water, this Arkansas River rafting trip includes a barbecue lunch, a great way to refuel and relax after a classic Colorado adventure.
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  • 6 hours
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Milk Run Family Rafting Trip

Milk Run Family Rafting Trip

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Beginners will feel safe and comfortable on this 1-hour rafting trip down the Milk Run of the Arkansas River in Buena Vista, CO. Families with small children over two years old can paddle together through easy splashes and gentle floats with mountain views. All paddling equipment and safety gear is included.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Royal Gorge Raft & Zipline Tour - Class IV Rapids, 11 Extreme Zip Lines & Lunch

Royal Gorge Raft & Zipline Tour - Class IV Rapids, 11 Extreme Zip Lines & Lunch

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We offer Colorado's #1 Rated whitewater rafting tour packages. We also have the #1 rated Bar & Grill in the area since 2008 located on our main property. We have highly trained professional guides who average about 10 years of experience. We require our guides to have at least 4 seasons of experience before they can guide a tour of the class 4 sections on the river.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Mild Cottonwood Family Float

Mild Cottonwood Family Float

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Fancy floating with the family down the fantastic Arkansas River against the backdrop of the remarkable Rocky Mountains? Alighting from Coaldale, this family-friendly trip offers travelers a gentle taste of the classic rafting experience, including easy Class II - III rapids. All gear and comprehensive safety briefings are provided, ensuring an exhilarating and unforgettable experience for all travelers aged 5 and over.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours 30 minutes
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Half Day Rafting Trip in Browns Canyon with Lunch

Half Day Rafting Trip in Browns Canyon with Lunch

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Browns Canyon on the Arkansas River is our most popular trip! The unique combination of lots of exciting whitewater, spectacular canyon scenery, great mountain views of some of Colorado’s highest mountains and opportunities to spot wildlife make this the ideal raft trip. Exciting enough for seasoned paddlers, but not too scary for first-timers. You will want to bring your friends and family for epic rapids such as Pinball, Zoom Flume, and Big Drop! This trip includes our Ultimate Fajita Feast hot lunch!
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Lower Browns Canyon Mildwater Float Trip

Lower Browns Canyon Mildwater Float Trip

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A wonderful family friendly white water rafting trip in Colorado! Splash, swim, and take in the stunning views while a professional river guide rows you down the river without the interruption of paddling (unless of course, you want to paddle)! Enjoy bouncy wave trains, man made white water park, and wildlife sightings on this calm and picturesque section suitable for children as young as 4.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$93.14
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Numbers - Half Day Trip

Numbers - Half Day Trip

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ADVANCED -IV-lV+ – ARKANSAS RIVER This stretch of river contains some of Colorado’s most exciting whitewater! With some soaking splashes, a few medium-sized drops and nearly non-stop action, you will want to be in good physical condition and be a good swimmer. Enjoy amazing views of the impressive, snow-capped Collegiate Peaks while resting between long rapids. Perfect for the whitewater veterans and adrenaline-seeking first timers. Min age: 14 Meeting location:  Buena Vista Run Level:  Advanced
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  • 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Numbers Extreme Whitewater Rafting

Numbers Extreme Whitewater Rafting

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Extreme Colorado white water rafting on the Arkansas River in Buena Vista is for experienced rafters or adventurous beginners in good physical condition. The Numbers sections offers some of the most technical white water rafting in Colorado. Be prepared for a full body workout as your professional river guide directs your group through each back to back rapid. Enjoy scenic views of the 14,000 foot Collegiate Peaks and cottonwood lined riverbanks between paddle strokes
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Half-Day Arkansas River - Browns Canyon Rafting Trip

Half-Day Arkansas River - Browns Canyon Rafting Trip

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Experience the adrenaline-pumping excitement of a whitewater rafting adventure in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains on this professionally guided, 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 II and III 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.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$85.00
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Numbers Express: Advanced Rafting Trip with Transportation

Numbers Express: Advanced Rafting Trip with Transportation

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Experience the thrill of some of Colorado’s most exciting whitewater rafting on this incredible full-day trip. Raft down the picturesque Arkansas River and gaze upon rocky mountain views between thrilling bursts. Hurtle down the rapids, including some medium-sized drops and prepare to get wet. The rafting is fast-paced and continuous, so this trip is designed for strong swimmers and those with previous rafting experience.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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1-Day Arkansas River - Browns Canyon Rafting Trip

1-Day Arkansas River - Browns Canyon Rafting Trip

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Experience the adrenaline-pumping excitement of a whitewater rafting adventure in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains on this professionally guided, full-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 II and III rapids of the Granite Gorge and Browns Canyon National Monument whitewater. All boating equipment and lunch are included.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.00
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Numbers Half Day Rafting Trip with Lunch

Numbers Half Day Rafting Trip with Lunch

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Advanced -IV-lV+ rafting on the Arkansas River! This stretch of river contains some of Colorado’s most exciting whitewater! With some soaking splashes, a few medium-sized drops and nearly non-stop action, you will want to be in good physical condition and be a good swimmer. Enjoy amazing views of the impressive, snow-capped Collegiate Peaks while resting between long rapids. Perfect for the whitewater veterans and adrenaline-seeking first timers! This Trip includes our Ultimate Fajita Feast hot lunch! 
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  • 4 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$139.97
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Arkansas River Dinner Float

Arkansas River Dinner Float

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Come enjoy a unique Colorado white water rafting and dining experience. Ideal for families with young children and groups looking for mild white water rafting in Colorado with a delicious ending. Float from our office for about 30-45 minutes to the Riverside Bar and Grill where you can relax over dinner with your family and friends. Included in the trip cost per person are river shoe rentals and a meal voucher that generally covers an entree and drink. Total trip duration, including check-in, shuttle, float and dining time is 2-3 hours.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Half-Day Arkansas River - The Numbers Rafting Tour

Half-Day Arkansas River - The Numbers Rafting Tour

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Experience the adrenaline-pumping excitement of a whitewater rafting adventure on this professionally guided, half-day, small-group excursion. Crash through the Class IV rapids of the Arkansas River, home to world-class kayak competitions. See pine forests lining the river banks and the Collegiate Peaks towering over 14,000 feet above the river’s corridor. Paddlers must be at least 18 years old. All boating equipment — rain gear, drinking water and a personal floatation device — are included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Should I book Arkansas River tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Arkansas River can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 28 Arkansas River tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Arkansas River 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Arkansas River costs USD 75.21. Guided Arkansas River tours start around USD 75.21 per person. See all 28 Arkansas River tickets and tours on Viator.
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