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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.
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.
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.
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.