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The Arkansas River stretches nearly 1,500 miles with its headwaters near Leadville (about 45 miles north of our office) but only a few sections offer the incredible class III-V whitewater rafting we enjoy near our Buena Vista office. Browns Canyon earned National Monument designation in February of 2015. We are proud to be the Visitor Center for Browns Canyon National Monument. There are many ways to take in the natural, rugged wilderness this portion of the Arkansas River offers, but there’s nothing better (and more fun) than experiencing Browns Canyon National Monument in a raft!

The sections of the Arkansas River where we offer our whitewater rafting trips attracts thousands of adventure seekers each year from all around the world, earning it the nickname “The Mecca of Whitewater Rafting”. There is something for every skill level here. The diverse Arkansas River features sections of high intensity rapids like The Numbers and the Royal Gorge as well as family friendly sections where guests as young as 4 years old can experience the fun of Colorado whitewater rafting at its finest. We even have oars we can easily mount onto our rafts so you can sit back and enjoy the gorgeous scenery as you soak up the Colorado sunshine. The most popular trips are in Browns Canyon. With over 100 miles of whitewater, you may also consider rafting the Narrows, Lower Browns Canyon and Bighorn Sheep Canyon.

Our whitewater rafting headquarters is located just 2.5 miles south of Buena Vista, Colorado in the small unincorporated town of Johnson Village. In 2015 we added 48 more solar panels to our existing wind generator and solar panels which makes us a 100% solar and wind powered facility. We have a 17.5 acre property featuring direct access to the Arkansas River. We often stop by our office for lunch on our Narrows full day trips and it also serves as the put in for some of our Browns Canyon whitewater rafting trips. Inside our office you’ll find a full retail shop featuring river essentials like chums or toobies to keep your glasses from falling into the river, waterproof cameras, sunscreen as well as fun souvenir items and gifts. We also offer all of our guests the opportunity to rent gear like booties, splash jackets, and wetsuits so you can stay warm on the water. Another thing to note, is our complimentary continental breakfast bar… Colorado’s only raft company to offer a free pre-trip breakfast to ward off hunger before taking on the river!

Since the Arkansas River encompasses the Great Continental Divide you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy incredible rock formations. Many of these look like familiar figures or faces—be sure to ask your guides about the zoo, the wedding ring, and the Pink Panther when you’re rafting through Browns Canyon National Monument!

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One of the best times of my life!
Dylnn R.
I have rafted with other companies before but I found your company and Mike, our guide, to be outstanding! I will be back!
Joe M.
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Cory D.
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Phil G.
It was the best first experience in rafting. Ben was awesome!! Five stars!
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Angie D.
When I made our reservation I knew we were going to have a fantastic time. Everything that happened today exceeded my expectations.
Mark E.
We booked our trip cold off the internet and found from the very beginning a very friendly and courteous staff that helped out and answered all our questions.
Carolyn W.
Very pleasant and enjoyable experience. Rafted four other times and this was the best.
Linda H.
You are great to work with and your guides are fun to be around and well trained. Each experience I’ve had with you (3) has been excellent.
Dawn R.
Very professional yet very informal approach—not an easy combination to sustain—nice team—office included.
Mark W.
Thanks for the great time on the river. You do a super job of taking care of your crews.
Jan P.
From the enthusiastic greetings when we arrived at the office this am, all service was top notch.
John D.
We had an awesome time. I would definitely recommend your company!
Leona H.
I would like to commend your staff on their great teamwork and enthusiasm. This was the highlight of our trip to Arizona.
Michele E.
I started rafting at WA in 1999 and have always had a good time. I highly recommend WA to anyone who wants to raft.
Marty E.
Frenchie was the best guide I’ve ever had! This is a great company and I will definitely be telling friends about it!
Jamin R.
We had an awesome time! All staff we dealt with were very personable and helpful. I can’t imagine anything you could do to improve!
Rusty B.
Good job, as usual. Our 5th or 6th trip with WA. Big fans of WA.
Tim S.
We’ve been with a lot of different rafting companies over the years and we have never used the same company twice but everyone on the trip agreed that your company is the best!
Lisa P.
I want to raft again and again and well you get the point…again.
Levi V.
Appreciate your professional and fun staff! Will definitely return next year!
Dana Q.
This was the highlight of our trip to Colorado!
Beth G.
Been rafting six times around the country. Best trip and guide so far.
James H.
The entire staff from reservations to first contact to trip guide was friendly and helpful. Our Scouts had an outstanding time!
Ken T.
Your staff and guides were so helpful and so much fun. My kids ranked that half-day trip as the highlight of our month long trip!
Patty G.
I love the staff!! Very entertaining and welcoming. This was a great rafting experience. I want to come back tomorrow and do it again!
Bailey W.
Pete was great. Extremely friendly and he took great care of us and really put our group first. Our trip was relaxing and fun!
Erin L.
Sarah was fantastic! Very knowledgeable and very fun! Best trip ever, even the low water! We will be back again!
Barbara L.
I work in safety – wish I could get all our regional safety folks to present their safety meetings with the same enthusiasm and professionalism.
Karla S.
Best time I’ve had on the river in the past 15 years!!!! Will return soon!!!
Dylan S.
This was my first rafting experience and you guys made it awesome! Thank you so much!
Jamie L.
We feel we have found new friends in Wilderness Aware and plan on spending time in the future with you.
Susie S.
The trip, your people, your facility never get old.
Fred P.
Sarah, our guide, was the consummate professional.
Becky M.
Matt was the most enthusiastic and exciting guide I have ever had… and I have done this a lot.
Carl M.
We started rafting with you in 1988. This is our fourth trip. Will be back.
Jim L.
This company is quality. Six years ago I did the same trip with Jack, Ian, and Kelly and the quality is as good today.
Chris G.

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