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TRIP: LOWER BROWNS CANYON HALF DAY
ARKANSAS RIVER

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Departure & Return Times

Trip: AM Half Day*
Show Up Time: 7:45 am – 8:00 am
Trip Departs: 8:30 am
Trip Returns: 11:30 am – 12:00 pm

Trip: PM Half Day
Show Up Time: 12:15 pm – 12:30 pm
Trip Departs: 1:00 pm
Trip Returns: 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

*Remember that the AM trip includes FREE continental breakfast! Make sure you allow enough time prior to your trip departure to check in, change and enjoy a quick bite.

Meeting Location & Directions

Physical Address: 12600 US Highway 24/285, Buena Vista, CO 81211*
GPS: 38.813867, -106.101856

*Please note that many times mapping and gps systems will try to take you north of Buena Vista. PLEASE follow the links WE provided on this page and in your confirmation emails to find our location.

What To Bring

Do NOT wear cotton on the river! It can make you colder!

  • Swimming suit and/or shorts
  • Sunglasses with securing strap
  • Fleece jacket or synthetic insulating layer (on colder days)
  • Hat or visor (can be worn under your helmet)
  • Waterproof sunscreen (Important! We are close to the sun!)
  • Lip balm (with SPF 15+)
  • Tennis shoes, water shoes or secure sandals (no flip-flops or Crocs)
  • Cash for souvenirs and tipping your guide
  • Water bottle
  • Change of clothes and towel (for after the trip)

What We Provide

  • Free continental breakfast (morning departures only)
  • Snack and drink at the end of your trip
  • Professional guide in every raft
  • Lifejacket & helmet
  • Shuttle back to your car at the end of your trip
  • Comfortable changing facilities

Cold Weather/High Water Rentals

Wetsuit Splash Jacket Booties
Thick Neoprene
Velcro closures on shoulders
Large sizes have a front zipper
Zippered ankles
Add layer over this for extra warmth
$7/each to rent
Thick water-resistant nylon
Hood with velcro closure
Neoprene cuffs & collar with velcro closure
Elastic pull string around waist
Add layer under this for extra warmth
$5/each to rent
Zippered ankles
Hard rubber sole
Wear in place of your shoes
Keeps feet warm, not dry
Add wool socks for extra warmth
$5/pair to rent

“Be Warm Package” = $14/to rent (includes all three items)

Weather Conditions

Month Average Low Average High Average Rain
May 36ºF 66ºF 1.06 in.
June 44ºF 77ºF 0.87 in.
July 49ºF 82ºF 1.57 in.
August 48ºF 79ºF 2.01 in.

Liability Waiver

  • Each member of your group is required to complete and sign a digital liability waiver. Youth under the age of 18 are required to have a parent or guardian co-sign their waiver. Upon completion of your reservation, you will receive a confirmation email outlining the waiver signing process. To save time, please complete the digital waiver before you arrive for your trip. To see a copy of the waiver, please click here.

Trip Policies

  • Cancellation Policy: If your group or any person in your group cancels their trip 10 or more days before departure, you will receive a full refund on your trip cost less $5 per person/per trip on all half day trips. If your group or any person in your group cancels within 10 days prior to departure, for any reason, there will be no refund issued.
  • Cancellation Coverage: You many purchase coverage on your reservation for a minimal fee, approximately 10% of your trip cost. This is purchased PER PERSON, PER TRIP. If you choose to purchase coverage, you may cancel up to 24 hours before your trip departure with no penalty on my trip cost. If you cancel within 24 hours but with at least 1 hours’ notice, we will issue you a gift certificate (rather than a cash/credit refund) that is good through the following season. Gift certificates cannot be extended beyond their expiration date. If you cancel within 1 hour, there is no refund. Coverage is nontransferable, nonrefundable and does not cover no-shows.
  • Drugs and Alcohol: Drugs or alcohol are not to be consumed before or during your trip.
  • Pregnancy: We do not allow guests that are pregnant to participate in rafting. 

Helpful Q&A

  • Where is the closest lodging to our meeting point? Our office is located just two miles south of Buena Vista. There are hotels/motels, campgrounds, cabins, bed & breakfasts and small resorts in the area. For complete area lodging information, we recommend you visit the Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce website at www.buenavistacolorado.org.
  • Will I receive a safety orientation prior to my trip? Prior to boarding your raft, your guide will cover a detailed safety orientation with everyone. Colorado Rivers Outfitters Association (CROA) created a comprehensive video that covers the same information in your safety orientation. Feel free to check out this video before your rafting adventure begins.
  • Is it appropriate to tip my guide? Tipping is appropriate, particularly if you have received exceptional customer service. If you believe that a tip is appropriate we recommend an average tip of $7-$15/guest. You will have the opportunity to tip your guide directly, or you may use the cash tip box or leave a credit card tip through our helpful front desk staff. We always appreciate hearing from you so we can recognize extraordinary customer service. We also appreciate your feedback if you feel there are areas we can improve upon. We strive to exceed your expectations!
  • What happens if I arrive late for my trip? To provide our guests with the best possible customer service, we launch our trips on time. We cannot wait for late guests. You must arrive for your trip 30-45 minutes prior to your departure time in order to get through our check in process and prepare for your trip. Please plan your time accordingly – allow enough travel time and include unexpected stops for road construction.
  • I cannot swim. Can I still go rafting? Many of our participants cannot swim. We provide U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices designed to float you face-up in whitewater. Personal flotation devices are required to be worn at all times.
  • Do I need to wear a helmet? Helmets are required and provided on the Arkansas River.
  • Can I bring anything along with me on the raft? Each raft is equipped with a waterproof bag for any small items that you may need during the day.
  • Should I bring a water bottle on my raft trip? We do not carry drinking water on your raft and recommend you bring your own bottle. There are water bottles available to purchase in our retail store. Water bottles can sit on the floor of the raft.
  • Do you have a retail store? We have a retail store for those last minute items such as sunscreen, lip balm, and sunglasses retainers. Plan to check out our t-shirts, hats and souvenirs after the trip.
  • Will there be photos taken on my raft trip? We cannot guarantee that photos will be taken of your trip. We partner with a professional photography company who takes photos along many stretches of the river, however, if they are short staffed or the timing is off, they will not be taking pictures on this section. We will let you know when your trip arrives back to our office if there are photos available to purchase.
  • I am worried about the altitude. Will I be ok to raft? You will be rafting at 8000 feet above sea level. Most people don’t have serious problems here, but shortness of breath and dehydration are possible. Come a day or two early to acclimatize yourself if you can. We recommend you drink plenty of water during your stay.

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