Summer is nearly upon us, and it’s time to start thinking about getting the family outside on an adventure or two. I can tell you one place your not going to want to miss this year. Whether you have been rafting before or going for the first time, Browns Canyon National Monument is a favorite destination for whitewater geeks. Check out a small glimpse into your trip in this video!
Located in the heart of Colorado’s pristine San Isabel National Forest, Browns Canyon holds a country treasure, a river like no other. Between the village of Buena Vista and the city of Salida, the Arkansas thunders through granite cliffs, whose colors brighten and transform with the passing sun. As you ride through the cathedral-like marvel of this gorge, you will meet rapids named Canyon Doors, Zoom Flume, and Seidel’s Suckhole, witnessing behemoth moraines and refined gulches.
The stunning canyon reaches heights of 10,000 feet, providing a panorama of the Arkansas Valley and the Sawatch Range of the Rocky Mountains and plunges to depths of 7,300 feet, allowing for one wild ride across 95 miles of galvanizing current.
After your excursion down the Arkansas relax with an evening trout fishing in this gold medal water. Don’t like to fish? Leave the arid terrain near the river and spend a day on horseback exploring forests filled with Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, aspen, and local wildlife.
Need one more reason to visit Browns Canyon? Thanks to its recent upgrade to a national monument, Colorado’s most loved forest is now protected from logging roads, dams, permanent structures, timber cutting and mechanical equipment. If you want to get outside and experience nature’s untamed beauty, this is the whitewater trip for you.
No other river is more tempting to traverse than the Arkansas, but here are some of our other favorites in case your trip through Browns Canyon merely wet your inner adventurer, or you are looking for something a tad different.
Check out the newest commercially run river in Colorado, Ten Mile Creek. As you ride through the upper stretch, you will encounter 110 feet per mile plummets, sure to get your blood up. Drift lazily into Frisco and watch the sunset on Lake Dillon as you enjoy appetizers and drink specials provided for you after the trip at Island Grill in Frisco Bay Marina.
Take a jaunt through the Arapaho National Forest down the Blue River. Blue is best taken in May because it relies on spring runoff to keep over two miles of continuous rapids surging.
The Dolores, also an early season ride, offers an unparalleled experience as you glide down its crystalline waters. Near Hermosa Peak in the San Miguel Mountains, glorious alpine forests fill the view. Your passage includes five major western zones, and you will watch the landscape slowly transform, until arriving at the end in the upper Sonoran desert. Quite the contrast from where you began.
For a shorter ride, experience Clear Creek. Short but sweet Clear Creek packs in more rapids per square mile than any other traditional whitewater in Colorado. Located near Idaho Springs, this trip will keep you close to Denver.
Don’t be left behind. It’s time you took the plunge into one of these remarkable whitewater trips. Have a story to tell that’s sure to inspire jaw-dropping wonder. Don’t wait! Book now! The Arkansas is the most popular place on the planet to explore. Save your spot! (Click here)Click