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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 up to 72 hours prior to departure date and time, you will receive a full refund. No cancellation fees. If you cancel within 72 hours prior to departure date and time, for any reason, you will not receive a refund. If necessary, you can reschedule your trip within 72 hours, but at least 1 hour, prior to departure time for a $10/rescheduling fee, subject to availability. Rescheduled reservations are non-refundable.
  • Late Arrival Policy: It is your responsibility arrive for your trip on time – typically 30-60 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time. We will not wait for late arrivals. Please take into account travel time, weather, road construction, etc.
  • Water Policy: Wilderness Aware reserves the right to move your group to a more appropriate section of river due to extreme high or low water conditions. We will give you as much notice as possible of conditions that may affect your scheduled trip. Note that if an alternate section of river is available to your group no refunds or credits are given.
  • Weather Policy: Wilderness Aware trips run rain or shine. We will not cancel or cut short trips due to rain and/or thunderstorm conditions (including lighting).
  • Drugs and Alcohol: Drugs or alcohol are not to be consumed before or during the trip. This includes recreational marijuana. No refund will be given to those drinking alcohol or using drugs prior to the trip.
  • Pregnancy: We do 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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