Browns Canyon | Full Day Rafting Trip | Arkansas River, CO


Browns Canyon National Monument on the Arkansas River is 36 miles of Class III and IV pristine whitewater, making it the most popular stretch of whitewater rafting in the country. You will paddle through the pink granite walls and enjoy the class II-III whitewater rapids.

Put in near Buena Vista, CO, and float through the remote wilderness where wildlife still resides in its natural beauty under the Colorado sky.

Located only 2 1/2 hrs from Denver & under 2 hours from Colorado Springs.

1 Day Trip
21 Miles
Class II-III+ Rapids
Minimum Age:  10
Activity Level: Moderate
Prices:  From $99 Per Person


We furnish rugged inflatable self-bailing rafts 12 to 16 feet in length. We provide all necessary river equipment, pfd's (Type V), water-proof dry bags for personal gear, first-aid and safety supplies. There is a guide on every raft and ratio of 1 to 4 on any instructional clinic. In addition, we have rental equipment that consist of tents, sleeping bags, pads and ground sheets. 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, (passenger). Paddle rafts have 4 to 6 persons and 1 guide.


On overnight trips, all on-river meals are provided, beginning with lunch the first day and ending with lunch the last day. The food is fresh and hearty and the guides will prepare it for you. A typical dinner menu will include as a main course BBQ Steak, Baked Fish, Teriyaki Chicken, or combination entrees, fresh vegetables and salads, Dutch-oven desserts or breads, hors d'oeuvres, fresh fruits, fruit juices, coffee, tea and a complimentary glass of wine with dinner. ALL LUNCHES: are buffet style with a wide variety of salads, sandwiches, fruit, cheeses, sliced meats, nuts and juices or sodas. (NO ALCOHOL on day trips)

Breakfast includes fresh fruit juice, eggs in all styles, special pancakes, French toast, melons, fruit, cereals with milk, sausage, bacon, coffee, tea, hot chocolate. We can accommodate special diets with advance notice and almost always the menu suits the vegetarian.

Though we carry ample supplies of juices, coffee, tea and hot chocolate we encourage you to bring extra soda or beer. You can arrange for us to pick up specific beverages for you prior to the trip or you can stock up in Salida before you meet us at the base. Any liquids you bring must be in unbreakable containers.


We request that you do not drink alcohol on the day trips on the river. You're welcome to bring alcohol in unbreakable containers on overnight trips for drinks around the fire. Wine is complimentary with dinner. Our guides may refuse to let you participate in a trip if your safety is at risk.


  • 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)


  • Extra long sleeve shirt apart from River Wear clothing
  • Pair of long pants for night camping
  • Small towel / bio soap/shampoo/lotion etc.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries with new bulb. Head torch.
  • Bandana and a pair of lite gloves for sun protection.
  • Personal items kit (hygiene) medicines etc.
  • Waterproof camera or a very good waterproof case. (Disposable)
  • Extra sodas and or canned beverages for camp. NO Liquor during the day on the river
  • Compact synthetic sleeping bag with sleeping pad ground sheet
  • Small backpack style tent w/ fly
  • EXTRA BEVERAGES - PLASTIC containers of liquor, CANNED beer wine coolers. An adequate supply of soft drinks is provided. If you prefer diet drinks, please request in advance. Complimentary glass of wine is provided with evening meals.
  • OPTIONAL ITEMS: Field glasses, protection, Journal notebook, book, pliers (for use in taking things from fire i.e. coffee, hot water, etc.), Day pack & Extra Zip Lock Bags.


  • $15 Lightweight Sleeping Bag with Ensolite pad
  • $25 Three-man dome tent with floor & ground sheet one night, $50 two nights
  • $ 10 Thermarest Sleep pad, inflatable
  • $20 Long John Wetsuit with booties
  • $50 Waders and boots for 3 days

Note: These items need to be reserved and payment is due along with your trip balance 45 days prior to departure. Be sure to give your height, weight, and shoe size for wetsuit rentals.


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).


The closest airport is Denver International. Arrive the day prior to your trip. You will need to allow time for a 3-hour drive west on I-70 towards Dillon, CO. and then north from Dillon on Highway 9 towards Kremmling. Your river trip will begin just 12 miles southwest of Kremmling at river put-in site (Pumphouse) at 8:30 a.m. the day your trip begins.

Dvorak's will make arrangements for your vehicle to be shuttled to the finish point through the Colorado Shuttle Service. The cost will vary with trip length. You should arrange to leave any personal luggage at your lodging or in your vehicle until the end of the trip. PLEASE CALL AND CONFIRM YOUR VEHICLE SHUTTLE ARRANGEMENTS PRIOR TO YOUR TRIP.


You will need to arrive at the put-in by 8:30 a.m. the morning of your trip. Report to your Dvorak trip leader near the put-in or look for the Dvorak vehicle. The guides will assist you in packing your river gear into dry bags and issue any rented camping items for your packing as well. PLEASE DO NOT FORGET TO CONFIRM THOSE ITEMS FOR CAMPING 1 WEEK PRIOR TO THE TRIP MEETING. Alternatively, you can arrive at the put in the night before the trip begins and camp. Be aware that there are only primitive amenities at the campsites. We can arrange to have your vehicle shuttled to the take-out point. There is an additional charge for this shuttle service per vehicle, cost depends on the length of your trip. Any extra personal items should be stored in your vehicle unless you arrange to store items at other accommodation prior to your trip. Remember, "River Time" is unpredictable. This also allows time for a final evening spent with new river friends and crew.


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