Arkansas River Dinner Float

Arkansas River, Buena Vista

Join us on the only dinner float the Arkansas River has to offer! Depart from our office in Buena Vista, Colorado and enjoy a short mellow float with spectacular views before stopping for a delicious dinner at the Riverside Grill. Rafters of all skill levels and kids ages 4+ are welcome. Available late-May through mid-August. Price includes dinner voucher.

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Trip Details

Adults: $56 Youth: $41
Includes dinner voucher!

  • 5:30 PM Departure
  • May 29 to August 20
  • 3.5 miles on the river
  • Mild Class I-II rapids
  • Ages 4 years and up*
  • Dinner voucher included
  • Complimentary wetsuit bootie rental
  • Experienced guide on each raft
  • Centrally located – close to Denver and major resort towns

About the Arkansas River Dinner Float Trip

Join us for dinner tonight!

An early evening float trip on one of the mildest sections of the Arkansas is a perfect way to end a summer day in the mountains! Your evening begins at Wilderness Aware’s riverside rafting office where you begin your float from our private launch area. Towering cottonwood trees line the quickly moving river as you pass through lovely ranch country at the base of the stunning Sawatch Mountain Range where 14,000 foot tall peaks create a perfect backdrop. Depending on flows, the 3.5 mile trip to the private beach at Fisherman’s Bridge takes 30 minutes to one hour. Float right up to the Riverside Bar & Grill and relish the beautiful landscape and a delicious dinner!

The trip price listed includes a $15/adult and $10/youth food and drink voucher which easily covers an entree and drink. Enjoy your choice of:

• Grilled Mahi-Mahi Fish Tacos with cilantro cream sauce
• Grilled Carne Asada Burritos
• Chicken Chipotle Tacos
• Grilled Chicken Chipotle or Cheese Quesadillas
• Jalapeno Elk Bratwurst with kettle chips

Kids can also enjoy their choice from the kids menu.

Drinks include local handcrafted beers or root beer on tap, fresh homemade margaritas, the world famous “River Rummer”, fresh squeezed lemonade or natural sodas.

Feel free to take your time and enjoy your dinner – your vehicle awaits you next to the restaurant. Prior to your trip, you will drive your vehicle downstream to the restaurant and we will shuttle you back to the departure point (about 20 minutes round-trip).

Trip cost also includes free wetsuit bootie rental and rain poncho.

Additional Information
  • *Youth price is valid for those 4-12 years old. Youth must weigh at least 30 lbs. Minimum age and weight are 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, wetsuit booties, rain poncho, dinner voucher and free use of our shaded dog kennel. The prices listed do not include 9% land and water access fees, optional wetsuit/splash jacket rental 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.
  • 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.

Browns Canyon Water Flow Levels

This chart was measured near Nathrop, Colorado. The flow during the last week is the blue line and the yellow triangles are the historical averages.

USGS Water Flow Levels for Arkansas River measured near Nathrop, Colorado. This gauge is a few miles south of Buena Vista and is relevant for the stretch of river we raft for our Dinner Float