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Depending on the time of year, there are two outdoor activities you have to try on your next Keystone, Colorado vacation. In winter, it’s hitting the slopes for world-class skiing. And in summer, it’s white water rafting for exciting rapids and long-lasting memories.

Wilderness Aware has been rafting the Arkansas River for over 20 years now. And every summer, Keystone, CO vacationers join us for a wild day on the river as whitewater rafting is a favorite summer activity. And despite all the awards and accolades we’ve won over the years, what makes us happiest is the number of repeat guests we have. For many people, white water rafting is the highlight of their Keystone vacation.

Nearby Rivers

  • Colorado River – the closest white water offering mild family float trips along the Upper Colorado near Kremmling – 47 miles away (map)
  • Arkansas River – the best white water in the U.S. only 90 minutes from Keystone – 78 miles away (map)
  • Gunnison River – raft the wild water of Gunnison Gorge near Hotchkiss – 179 miles away (map)
  • North Platte River – remote and scenic wilderness trips in May and June near Cowdrey – 118 miles away (map)
  • Dolores River – explore western Colorado high desert scenery in May and June near Gateway and Cortez – 232 miles away (map)
  • Salt River – exciting springtime rafting trips through Salt River Canyon in Arizona near Phoenix and Tucson – 637 miles away (map)

Recommended Rafting Trips near Keystone:

Browns Canyon Full Day Trip

When you book a Browns Canyon rafting trip you’ll experience Colorado’s most popular white water rafting trip! Raft the Arkansas River in Buena Vista, Colorado near Denver, Colorado Springs and major resorts towns. Suitable for all skill levels and kids ages 7+, you can experience a Browns Canyon rafting adventure anytime between May 1 and Labor Day.

Adult price : $125

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Browns Canyon Half Day Trip

Join us for a half day of action-packed white water on the Arkansas River. Departing from Buena Vista, Colorado this adventure is close to Denver, Colorado Springs and major resorts. Rafters of all skill levels and kids ages 7+ are welcome on this trip that runs between May 1st and Labor Day.

Adult price : $85

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Lower Browns Canyon Half Day Trip

Enjoy a gentle stretch of the Arkansas River on this mild and mellow half day adventure. This family-friendly trip departs from Buena Vista, Colorado – close to Denver and Colorado Springs. Young kids ages 4+ and rafters of all skill levels love this trip that runs between May 1st and Labor Day. Beautiful scenery and exceptional guides make this trip a guest favorite!

Adult price : $85

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Browns & Numbers Combo Full Day Trip

Take on two great Arkansas River sections in one day! You’ll start in the fun and fast-paced rapids of Browns Canyon and finish with the challenging and technical rapids of the Numbers. This trip departs from Buena Vista, Colorado, near Denver and Colorado Springs, and is recommended to advanced rafters and those ages 14+. Available from May 15 to Aug 20.

Adult price : $145

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Inn to Inn 2, 3 or 4 Day Trip

Experience fantastic rafting and comfort all in one great Arkansas River trip. Customize white water rafting sections, comfortable lodging at bed and breakfasts and delicious dining choices at local restaurants. Departing from Buena Vista, Colorado – near Denver and Colorado Springs – raft anytime between May 15 and Labor Day. Suitable for all skill levels and kids ages 10+.

Adult price : $345/person/day

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Arkansas River 2 Day Trip

Enjoy two full days of fantastic class III-IV white water rafting and isolated riverside camping within Browns Canyon National Monument on this popular Arkansas River trip. Suitable for all skill levels and kids ages 8+, this multi-day adventure departs from Buena Vista, Colorado, near Denver, Colorado Springs and major resorts. Trips are available from May 1st to Aug 25.

Adult price : $439

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Arkansas River 3 Day Trip

Get away from the day-to-day on this amazing, action-packed Arkansas River adventure. Enjoy fantastic whitewater during the day, including rafting Browns Canyon National Monument, and secluded camping at night. This trip departs from Buena Vista, Colorado – near Denver and Colorado Springs, and is suitable for all skill levels and kids ages 8+. Raft with us between May 15 and Aug 15.

Adult price : $657

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Arkansas River 5 Day Trip

Raft with us on nearly every section we offer, including Browns Canyon National Monument, on the Arkansas River – all in one unforgettable 5 Day trip! With departures between May 15 and Aug 15, rafters of all skill levels and kids ages 8+ are welcome on this adventure. Meet and depart in Buena Vista, Colorado – near Denver and Colorado Springs.

Adult price : $1015

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A History of Fun

Keystone was founded in 1970 by Max Dercum and his wife Edna, with help from Bill and Jane Bergman. Thanks to their tireless dedication, today a Keystone vacation is one of the most popular of all Colorado trips.

While originally designed as a winter ski destination, rafting is a very popular summer activity. But no matter what you decide to do, the vibe here is always the same: family, friends and fun.

The resort now features three vibrant villages filled with shops, bars, restaurants and two world-class golf courses, making your Keystone vacation one you’ll be talking about for years to come.

Of course, being a whitewater rafting company, we believe that whenever you visit Colorado, rafting should be the first thing on your list. But even if it moves down to second or third, we’ll understand. After all, with so many exciting things to see and do, it’s hard to fit everything into your Keystone vacation.

In Summer, Summit County is Above and Beyond

While visiting Summit County, be sure to visit the many other popular vacation towns and destinations, including Breckenridge, Silverthorne, Dillon, Frisco, Denver, Colorado SpringsBuena Vista and Salida.

Of course, in summer, Keystone is also a great place to relax and take it easy. That’s because the resort and Summit County are home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. But remember to take the altitude into consideration: take it easy on your first day or two, and be sure to drink plenty of water. It’s the best way to make sure you enjoy every minute of your Keystone vacation.

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