Narrows Express Full Day

Arkansas River, Buena Vista
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    Fun and thrilling rapids stacked one after the other
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    Take in the beauty of cottonwood lined river in the Narrows
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    Beautiful scenery in Browns Canyon
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    Crash through waves of white water
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    Narrows white water is fast-paced and technical

Tackle fast-paced rapids on our longest full day option that combines two popular Arkansas River sections – The Narrows and Browns Canyon. Available from June 1-July 15, this trip departs from Buena Vista, Colorado, near Denver and major resorts and is suitable for all skill levels and ages 10+. Join us on this exciting adventure available only during higher, faster water levels.

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Trip Details

Adults: $125

  • 9:00 AM Departure
  • June 1 to July 15
  • 26 miles on the river
  • Beginner/Intermediate, Class III-IV rapids
  • Ages 10 years and up*
  • Deli-style lunch included
  • Complimentary continental breakfast
  • Experienced guide on each raft
  • Centrally located – close to Denver and major resort towns

About the Arkansas River Narrows Express Full Day Trip

The Narrows Express Full Day trip begins north of Buena Vista and combines the thrills of the Narrows Half Day and the excitement of the Browns Canyon Full Day for the longest, most action packed, full day trip around.

The Narrows Express offers high mileage, nonstop action, especially at high water. Here, the thrill is in successfully making the technical moves between boulders in fast, choppy water. The river is very fast here with very few calm pools. Be ready to maneuver through drops, falls and rock gardens the entire time. Rollicking whitewater rapids such as Frog Rock, The Miracle Mile, and House Rock are some of the more memorable drops you will encounter. The Arkansas River Narrows are lined with more lush vegetation than other sections of the river and offers great views of Buena Vista’s snow covered 14,000′ Collegiate Peaks.

We will stop for lunch at our private riverside picnic area located adjacent to our office. You have access to our office and your car at this time if you need to make adjustments to your clothing or just want to dry off or use the flush toilets. There is hot chocolate always available.

After lunch we have about an hour of scenic and gentle water to enjoy before entering Browns Canyon – know for it’s powerful and well-defined drops such as Zoom Flume, Big Drop and The Seven Stairs.

What is difference between Browns Canyon and The Narrows?
Additional Information
  • *Adult price is valid for those 10 years and older. Minimum age is subject to increase due to high water, typically late-May through June.
  • Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more.
  • Please arrive at least 30-45 minutes prior to departure time.
  • Price listed includes your lifejacket, helmet, guide, boat, transportation to and from the river, lunch, continental breakfast, snack after the trip and free use of our shaded dog kennel. The prices listed do not include 9% land and water access fees, cold weather rentals or guide tip.

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Map & Directions to Buena Vista, CO

Wilderness Aware Rafting’s office is located on Hwy 285 & 24 about 3 miles south of Buena Vista, CO – just east of the Arkansas River bridge and the small community of Johnson Village.


  • Packing List and Pre-Trip Information: a complete list of what to bring, what we provide, rental costs and directions.
  • Liability Release: required for each rafter. Please feel free to complete this form prior to arrival. Each person under 18 years of age requires a parent/guardian to co-sign.
  • Arkansas River Description: information about the Arkansas River, including a complete list of all trips we offer.
  • Itinerary: read our sample itinerary.
  • Gallery: look through photos of the Arkansas River, our other rivers, staff, wildlife and more.
  • River Map: check out our detailed river maps including rapids and other features.
  • FAQ’s: Take a look through our most frequently asked questions and answers.

Arkansas River – The Narrows – Water Flow Graph

This graph shows the water levels and flow for The Narrows Section for the last week. The blue line in the graph is the last week and the yellow triangles are the historical averages for the same days.

USGS Arkansas River water flow measured Granite, Colorado