Browns Canyon Rafting | 3/4 Day | Arkansas River, CO

3/4 Day – The World Famous Arkansas River’s WHITEWATER in Browns Canyon National Monument

Browns Canyon National Monument on the Arkansas River is a full day of 23 miles of Class II-III+ pristine whitewater, making it one of the most popular stretches of river for whitewater rafting in this country. 

This 3/4 day rafting trip is a perfect offering to get all of the main rapids in Browns Canyon and will travel 15 miles, approximately 4 hours on the water. This trip is perfect for intermediate paddlers of all ages and abilities. Suggested 13 years and up for spring high water trips. 

You will float through areas of remote wilderness, where wildlife still resides, and take in the natural beauty of this remarkable area. You will paddle through the pink Granite walls of Browns Canyon National Monument and enjoy whitewater thrills on the Arkansas River.

Ideal for groups and family reunions who want the best of rapids and can finish early afternoon for late lunch in the towns of Buena Vista or Salida’s many eateries!  Shopping, art galleries, breweries, and stroll along the river or rent TUBES with Dvoraks (DVK) for some fun and giggles through Salida’s water park! 

3/4 Day | 15 Miles | Class II-III Rapids
MINIMUM AGE: 10 @ (water levels reviewed)
PRICING: $104 Per Person
* Weekend rates will apply
Trips Meeting at 9:00 a.m.


We furnish rugged inflatable self-bailing rafts 12 to 16 feet in length. We provide all necessary river equipment: PFDs (Type V), waterproof dry bags, (3.3 cu.ft) for personal gear, first-aid and safety supplies. There is a guide on every raft.  We also have wetsuit and boot RENTALS available per day or trip. You can choose to be either in a paddle raft (participatory) or an oared raft, (non paddling). Paddle rafts have 4 to 7 persons and 1 guide.


  • RENTALS Available: Long john style wetsuit/boots for cold months or Class IV+
  • Nylon shorts or swim suit under wetsuit
  • Non-cotton shirt or poly propylene top (fleece top)
  • Warm jacket, wind proof or Fleece, water resistant
  • Pair of tennis shoes – tie on preferred (No sandals) or wet boots.
  • Wool socks will help keep feet warm in tennis shoes
  • Sun glasses with loss protector/keeper, with UV protection
  • Sun block (over 8000′ altitude – lots of UV exposure)
  • Hat for sun protection (tie-on)
  • Splash jackets/pants are provided (you can bring your own)


We must request that you do not drink alcohol on one-day trips on the river. Our guides can refuse to let you participate in a trip if your safety is at risk due to alcohol or drugs.


Please read our cancellation policy carefully, as it applies in every instance. If YOU must cancel your reservation, you may be eligible for a partial refund. Our cancellation policy is firm. We operate under stringent federal regulations, which restrict the number of guests per trip and the number of trips per season. We incur substantial expenses before each trip departs. In the event of late cancellation, Dvorak Expeditions cannot recover costs, nor can we make refunds.


A minimum advance deposit 25% of trip cost per person is required when making reservations. The total is due 45 days prior to trip. Contract deposit negotiations on groups. When cancellations are made more than 45 days before the trip – all moneys are refunded LESS a $100 per person fee. If cancellation is made less than 45 days before the trip, the deposit of 25% per person is non-refundable. With less than 14 days’ notice, NO monies are refunded (this includes all credit card charges).


Major airports are Denver International or Colorado Springs; rental car or van from there to the Arkansas Valley. Car rentals are available in Denver or Colorado Springs. There are "limited" jeep and domestic rental vehicles available in the Arkansas valley by prior arrangement. Salida and Buena Vista, Colorado have small aircraft facilities and charter flights only are available with adequate numbers for charter. Arrive in Salida or Buena Vista, Colorado the day prior to the trip


To reach our Browns Canyon/Nathrop Base, 17921 US Hwy 285, Nathrop, CO 81236.

FROM DENVER: You will follow Hwy 285 out of Denver all the way to the Base located 5 miles south of Nathrop. It is approximately 160 miles from Denver Airport to the Nathrop Base (4 hours). Mtn road driving is slower but, a beautiful part of the Rocky Mountains and you should allow extra driving time to sight-see. FROM COLO.SPRINGS: use Hwy 24 west connecting with US Hwy 285 north & south towards Buena Vista. Turn south on Hwy 285-11 miles, you will see on the west side our sign just north of the Gas station and Prospector Rock Shop on Hwy 285. Royal Gorge and BigHorn Sheep Canyon has an optional meeting location for groups: FROM COLO. SPRINGS: take Hwy 115 and Hwy 50 west through Canon City. Meeting @ Parkdale Launch site is about 10 miles west of Canon City on Hwy 50.

FROM JOHNSON'S VILLAGE: take Hwy 285 through Nathrop which joins with Hwy 50 east, via Hwy 291 through Salida. Travel @ 60 miles to the Parkdale launch site (Arkansas Headwaters Rec. Area).

Arrive at the appropriate arranged meeting location @ confirmed time (depending on trip) on the first day. You will meet your guides at either DVK Nathrop base or Parkdale launch site. The travel time to the river by bus/van varies with each canyon and start point. Confirm prior to start date. There is a secure private parking area at the Nathrop base for you to leave your vehicle and belongings. AHRA ‘Parkdale’ launch site will require a state park parking pass in your vehicle $7-10.


At the end of your day or the final day of your trip, Dvorak's van or bus will either deliver you to the place where you left your car or return you to your lodging or arranged drop off point. "River Time is unpredictable." Please keep this in mind when you make final day commitments.


Check our helpful links page for recommended lodgings pre- and post-trip.


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Tag along kayaker

Great day on the river tagging along w/ Will and his raft group. Water was a whitewater me once. Thanks again for the shuttle and the wild afternoon on the Arkansas.
- Tom Schembra


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