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Colorado white water rafting since 1976


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Wilderness Aware is the premier Colorado and Buena Vista white water rafting outfitter since 1976. Known for providing thrilling river rafting experiences on five different rivers throughout the state. With 47+ years of expertise in river rafting Colorado and extensive knowledge of the area’s waterways, Wilderness Aware has become a trusted provider of unforgettable rafting trips. Whether you’re a seasoned rafter or a first-time adventurer, Wilderness Aware offers a range of options for Colorado white water rafting. Join us for an experience of a lifetime and discover the beauty and excitement of Colorado and Buena Vista white water rafting.




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Arkansas River – 2, 3 and 5 Day Trips

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Arkansas River: browns canyon – numbers – royal gorge

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explore the arkansas


America’s most popular white water rafting river

browns canyon

challenging yet forgiving

The Browns Canyon section of the Arkansas River is the most popular whitewater section in the U.S., because it is challenging enough for experienced rafters, yet forgiving enough for first-timers.


technical and steep

The Numbers section of the Arkansas River is steep and rocky, making it very technical and challenging. This section of Arkansas River whitewater is for those looking for an action-packed, highly challenging adventure.

royal gorge

big and powerful

The Royal Gorge is one of the most spectacular stretches of the Arkansas River, known not only for its sheer, steep canyon walls, but also for its big, powerful, technical rapids.


beautiful and secluded

The Narrows offers non-stop exciting whitewater through a beautifully secluded section of the Arkansas River. Large cottonwood trees line the river, where the stunning 14,000 peaks of the Collegiate Peaks dominate the horizon.

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Amy CastelloAmy Castello
22:38 03 Sep 22
The facilities are very up-to-date and clean. Every person we encountered was helpful and funny (a big plus). The trip was breathtaking and some parts were challenging and some relaxing. Danny, our guide, made it so enjoyable and I felt like a pro by the need.
Christina MisailChristina Misail
03:28 08 Aug 22
Best Rafting Experience Ever!! Thanks to our awesome guide Justin, he was top notch. He knew every twist & turn on the water and just about everything in CO!!! Couldn’t have asked for a better time. Staff working inside were kind and friendly! Great place overall! Highly recommend. Go here! For real! It’s Awesome!
Johanna RobbinsJohanna Robbins
02:15 01 Aug 22
If you’re trying to choose from the long list of guide companies for a fun filled day on the water, look no further! By far the best time I’ve ever had rafting! We ended being the only two doing the numbers full day trip and our guide, Gomez, made sure we got the experience we wanted! He was even kind enough to explain some guiding principles and how to read the river for me. He also got us an awesome experience surfing the big wave in the buena vista water park! Amazing guide and awesome trip on an exciting stretch of the Arkansas! The set up at Wilderness Aware was also better than others I have experienced. Great experience all around!
Ben ThomasBen Thomas
02:57 28 Jul 22
Great time on the river! Did Brown’s Canyon half day raft trip. Perfect for beginners. Plenty of easy portions and then some really good rapids.Guides were awesome. Highly recommend
travis rakestrawtravis rakestraw
12:10 22 Jul 22
Highly recommend! Their facility is very nice with clean restrooms and room for changing clothes. The guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. The trip through Browns Canyon was great. We chose WA because we had our dog and needed a kennel. Everything worked out great!
Leah KefalosLeah Kefalos
18:50 01 Jul 22
My family did a 3 day rafting/camping trip with guides Ellie and Rose and had a blast. Ellie and Rose were incredible- super fun, funny, smart, strong, and professional. They worked so hard and made sure we had fun and stayed safe. We had such an amazing experience and with the best guides!
Dean PDean P
23:38 26 Jun 22
Beyond an amazing experience. Justin is an amazing guy. Veteran rafter with amazing skills. He also has great information about the area. We did the royal gorge full day and we regret nothing.My wife and 14 year old son had never rafted and we managed the bigger rapids. Couldn't be more pleased with this experience, it's worth every penny. And they have a more personalized experience than the tourist trap companies. We left early and had the river to ourselves
Michael O'NealMichael O'Neal
22:18 23 Jun 22
Drake was our guide on our half day Brown's Canyon and he was great. Very personable, friendly yet professional. He was very knowledgeable and informative of the area we were rafting. I had rafted before but it was my wife's first time. She was nervous at first, but by the the time we we're done she was ready to book a full day for the next day. Highly recommend Wildnerness Aware. All their staff we ran into were great.
Cori MazerCori Mazer
21:46 22 Jun 22
Wilderness Aware is a large rafting company that manages a lot of customers and trips on the Arkansas River. While it is clear that they are a bigger outfitter in the area, they make sure every customer is attended to with regards to safety, attire, and having a fun time!I went on the Numbers full day trip with the very experienced, welcoming Tony. With his 15+ years of experience, I felt completely safe going through some technical rapids! He also provided a full lunch (that can be vegan/veggie). A truly fantastic day on the river! Thank you Tony!
Kaylene FriesenKaylene Friesen
23:48 20 Jun 22
Wilderness Aware is who you want to go with for your Brown's Canyon rafting adventures on the Arkansas River! We took our 13-year old granddaughter on the half-day trip and we all loved it. Coltrain was our guide and he was thorough with safety measures while also keeping us smiling with his jokes and encouragement. He was also very knowledgeable about the area and shared great facts and stories along the way. We were very glad that we rented the Stay Warm package with wetsuits, booties, and splash jackets since we were drenched and happy by the time we got to the pullout. We also chose to buy the whole package of digital photos and they were delivered immediately to our email. We've included just a few of our favorites here. Wilderness Aware did not disappoint!
Michelle GoldMichelle Gold
00:02 19 Jun 22
We had such a fun time in our half day canyon run. The staff was helpful and friendly. Colton, our guide, was very skilled at guiding and had a calm presence which made me feel comfortable and confident in the boat. We will totally use WA when we return and maybe even do an overnight trip!
Cheryl WashingtonCheryl Washington
01:58 17 Jun 22
AMAZING day in Brown's Canyon for a full day trip! Check in and gear rental went well, mandatory safety instruction about the river/raft safety was definitely a must and the staff was very thorough yet reassuring. On that note, Pascal (our raft) and Gatlin (buddy raft) were PHENOMENAL guides on our trip. First leg of the trip had thrilling rapids with 43°F water 🌊. Glad we had wet suits!! Lunch was set up and provided by the guides, then the 2nd leg of the trip was absolutely exhilarating!! Bucket list includes returning for Numbers !
03:41 16 Jun 22
What a great trip! My family absolutely enjoyed it even with a nervous wife and a 13 year old boy w Down Syndrome. The guides, Danny & Geoff, were outstanding…experienced, knowledgable, and enjoyable. Lunch was over-the-top. We will always remember our trip and be back for another one. With much gratitude, the Quinn’s from Jacksonville, FL.
Vincent PalermoVincent Palermo
05:30 14 Jun 22
First class operation! Very nice facility with changing rooms/ bathrooms. Jake was our guide and was excellent! Jake could get a raft down any river, making it look easy!
Haley NordHaley Nord
17:26 12 Jun 22
We had an amazing time doing the full day Browns Canyon tour. Our guide was really knowledgeable and the staff was helpful getting us the right rentals we needed for the conditions. Excited to come back and do Numbers!
David EagertonDavid Eagerton
18:55 02 Jun 22
Most amazing day I've had in a long time. Great crew and big thanks to Grace our guide who was super awesomeness
nancy rootnancy root
12:43 11 May 22
It was our first whitewater rafting experience, our guide Kat, used an oar boat, she really knew the river, and how to maneuver the rough spots. We never felt we were going to be ejected into the water, or have fear of pending doom😁 had a blast, highly recommended them, especially Kat! See you again soon!
Chelsea CrumpackerChelsea Crumpacker
21:25 31 Jul 21
Guide was Lana and she was great. This was my first white water raft experience level 3 and I am ready for more.
Thomas SimmonsThomas Simmons
02:21 17 Jun 21
They never disappoint! This place is clean, organized, friendly, and safe! The staff are super helpful and accommodating. Worth making a reservation. You won't regret it.
Jonathan RestrepoJonathan Restrepo
00:21 04 Jun 21
An amazing experience, our guide was excellent. The half-day Brown's Canyon run is a great option for those without prior experience.
John AwryloJohn Awrylo
13:32 30 Aug 20
Rafting on the river in Colorado life doesn't get a whole lot better

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Wilderness Aware Rafting is proud to be a Colorado & Buena Vista white water rafting outfitter under the National Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. All or part of this operation is conducted on Public Lands under special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Wilderness Aware Rafting is an equal opportunity service provider and employer.

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