WELCOME TO THE ARKANSAS RIVER
Buena Vista, CO
The Arkansas River lands top of the list of North America’s most sought-after whitewater.
Headquartered out of the town of Buena Vista, you’ll find incredible rafting and scenery just about 1 hour from Breckenridge. The Arkansas River plunges 5,000 feet within the first 125 miles, providing a stretch of whitewater rafting that is both big and thrilling and small and calm. Along the way, you can take in the views of the Rocky Mountains Collegiate Peaks, a set of “fourteeners” near Buena Vista, local wildlife (including bighorn sheep, deer, elk, birds, and more), and the incredible walls of the Royal Gorge. Take a journey with us through this epic stretch of whitewater.
GETTING TO KNOW THE ARKANSAS RIVER
Rafting the Arkansas River
Tumbling its way through boulder-strewn canyons, magnificent valleys, and an impossibly deep gorge, we offer multiple guided sections of Arkansas River rafting– from Class II to Class V. These rafting trips are close to Breckenridge as well, just about an hour’s drive through the beautiful Colorado mountains.
ARKANSAS RIVER SECTIONS
Designated as a National Monument in 2015, the Browns Canyon section of whitewater is among the most popular sections of Arkansas River whitewater rafting in North America. This is, arguably, the best whitewater rafting near Breckenridge. Browns Canyon rafting trips are perfect for all ages and experiences, which is why this section appeals to families and thrill-seekers alike.
Flowing north of Browns Canyon is the Numbers section of the Arkansas River. This class IV section is notorious amongst advanced rafters and first-timers, with its sequential rapids drawing in adventurers from all across the globe. These rafting trips are close to Breckenridge; you’ll find the Numbers whitewater rafting trips just about an hour from Breckenridge. With a steep grade of 75 feet/mile, this section of whitewater is sure to get your adrenaline pumping.
Take advantage of some of the most extreme whitewater rafting in North America, just down the road from Breckenridge. Pine Creek starts off quickly, dropping 200 miles within a single mile. This whitewater rafting trip near Breckenridge will get your heart pumping in a matter of minutes.