Browns Canyon

Browns Canyon offers one of the nation’s most popular intermediate whitewater rafting experiences close to the Vail Valley. This stretch of the Arkansas River is full of exciting Class III pool-drop type rapids, and the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range along with the Collegiate Peaks provide a dramatic backdrop not to be missed. This solitary stretch of river travels through a classic but majestic Colorado canyon, and it’s an exciting rafting trip for all ages. With ten miles on the river and a riverside, lunch, this trip is an excellent family-friendly rafting adventure.

Telephone: 970.476.1414



Class III (Intermediate intensity)


$169 adults, $159 kids age 8-12
+ 12% land use fee

Approximate Meet and Drop-Off Time:

This trip requires guests to drive to our boathouse in Granite. Please meet at 9:30 am. **Plan for a 1.5 hour drive from Vail (see map for directions)

Approximate return to boathouse is between 2:30 and 3:00.

***Please be aware these time windows include check-in, gear-up, and safety talks.



Mid- to late-June through mid-August

Put In:

Fisherman’s Bridge at Nathrop, CO

Take Out:

Stone Bridge or Hecla Junction, depending on water levels

Minimum age and weight:

The minimum age for this trip is 8 years old and at least 50 pounds.
Note: These age and weight minimums can vary depending on water level. Please call our offices to discuss age requirements closer to your trip date.


Lunch served riverside during the trip.
Required rafting gear included.

Learn More

What to Wear
Rafting Safety
Paddling Tips
Rafting History: Vail
River Ratings