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Rapids Rating: III-III+
Min. Age: 7 years old

Aerial Adventure Park & Paddle

Our most popular package combining the Browns Canyon Adventure Park with Colorado’s #1 whitewater rafting trip!

Start your day with 2.5 hours of fun on the most innovative high ropes challenge course in Colorado: the Browns Canyon Adventure Park. The Park offers 4 Courses with 66 Elements and 2 Adrenaline Features, including zip lines, high rope bridges, and a giant swing! Courses range from introductory level elements to “blue” and “black” features designed to test the most intrepid adventurer. You can pick the level of challenge that is perfect for you.

Take a break from the action and enjoy a delicious cookout style lunch at our lodge.

Then spend the afternoon rafting through 10 miles of Colorado’s Arkansas River through Browns Canyon National Monument, Colorado’s most popular section of whitewater. Experience the fun and excitement of rafting several Class II-III+ whitewater rapids such as Pinball, Zoom Flume, and Raft Ripper.

Park & Paddle
Adults $177.15, Youth (7-12) $162.90
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Adults $177.15, Youth (7-12) $162.90
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Details
Check-in Time

8:30 AM or 9:30 AM at Noah's Ark

Minimum Group Size

1 Person

Difficulty Rating

Class III-III+ Rapids

Meals Included

Lunch

Miniumum Age/Weight

7 years old, 50 lbs (could change based on water levels)

*Kids under 11 must have an adult participating with them on the Adventure Park course

Equipment

For the Adventure Park: Closed toe shoes, athletic clothing, long pants or longer shorts. No loose items or jewelry.

For the Raft Trip: Quick-dry clothing (no cotton). Closed toe shoes or sandals appropriate for river activity (no Crocs or flip-flops). Rental gear is available at the front desk.

Reviews

Ok thrill seekers, this one’s for you! If you’ve ever wanted to try whitewater river rafting then “Noah’s Ark” is here to make that dream a reality for you. A little more than a hour South of Breckenridge you’ll find @noahsarkrafting based in Buena Vista along the Arkansas River. Although our adventure traveled along Class 1-3 rapids, they also offer tours including Class 4 rapids 😳. The entire staff was prepared, supportive, and professional.

We had an awesome time rafting Brown's Canyon! Joel our rafting guide was a laid back experienced professional, who was easy to get along with. He did an excellent job at guiding and instructing us through the rapids we encountered along our way. We would highly recommend this guiding service to anyone who wants to have an awesome time on the Arkansas River. The whole staff at Noah's ark were very courteous and friendly. We will definitely be visiting again on our next trip to the Buena Vista area!

We had an amazing rafting trip this summer! Noah’s Ark was outstanding across the board. They were professional and it was obvious safety is a priority for them. But they were also personable and engaging. Our guide made an effort to get to know us. She was also very knowledgeable about the river and the area in general. She made sure we saw unique rock formations and interesting things. I highly recommend and would definitely use again.

This was our first whitewater rafting trip. We had 3 kids from 6-13. Avery was our guide and did an amazing job getting us down the river. The experience was way better than we had imagined! Everyone loved it. Would absolutely go again. Thanks to Avery for a most memorable trip!

We had an amazing time on our trip with Caleb as our guide! It was very clear that the Noah's Ark team had the most experience as we saw other groups struggle through rapids that we had no problem with. We enjoyed our conversation with our guide, the lovely scenery and a perfect day for rafting. Highly recommend Noah's Ark!!

FAQ

Browns Canyon Rafting FAQ

High water levels in excess of 3,000 CFS can occur in June (and July for 2019) as a result of above average snowfall in the mountains. The Arkansas River is fed by snowmelt, and especially in early season is extremely cold. Higher water levels and cold temperatures can increase the risks to participants, and, specifically those with health concerns or heart problems. Cold water can add additional stress to the body, and, should you fall in, you may be required to swim aggressively to shore or to another boat – a situation that creates extreme physiologic stress.

When higher water levels occur, guests should discuss age restrictions, trip conditions, and trip selection with the Noah’s Ark Reservations Staff. If you have health concerns and specifically heart problems, we recommend talking with your physician prior to the rafting trip.

No. There are risks in any outdoor activity, whether you are rafting, backpacking, rock climbing, or playing on the Browns Canyon Adventure Park. These risks are at the core of the experience and provide the excitement and adventure associated with the activity. Our guides undergo rigorous training that meets & exceeds state requirements. This includes learning principles of risk management and decision making that lead to MINIMIZING, but never completely eliminating, risk.

Noah\’s takes the training and preparation of our staff very seriously. One of our company\’s highest priorities is teach and training because we desire to provide you with excellence and extraordinary customer service. We incorporate the highest standards of development in all of our training programs.

Noah’s Ark is also one of the few outfitters that conducts in-depth training sessions with our staff in their returning seasons. All Noah\’s Ark staff training meets or exceeds the State of Colorado requirements, the US Forest Service requirements, and industry standards in the following areas:

  • River Guide Training
  • Rock Climbing Guide Training
  • Mountaineering Guide Training
  • Adventure Park Training
  • Trip Leader Training
  • Leadership Development Training
  • Guide Instructor Training
  • Swift Water Rescue Training
  • First Aid & CPR Training & Certification

What does all of this mean? It means that we care about our guests, and we are committed to providing the best outdoor experience available. We believe our preparation and attention to detail will provide you with an unforgettable experience.

Yes, each raft will have a guide.

While knowing how to swim is not required, it is definitely recommended. Noah\’s Ark will provide you with a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket that is designed to keep you afloat in the water. Having the ability to swim will increase your comfort level and will also enable you to more quickly get out of the river if you happen to find yourself out of the raft and in the water. We will give you a pre-trip safety talk in which you will be instructed on protecting yourself in the water by identifying and evading hazards in the river, and taught how or when to maneuver back to the raft or get to shore. In addition, you will be instructed in self-rescue techniques where swimming skills are important. *If you are rafting the Royal Gorge or the Numbers (bigger water), you are required to have Class III rafting experience and are expected to know how to handle yourself in the water.

In an oar boat, the guide will do ALL the work from the center of the boat using his/her oars. Oar boats are ideal for families as well as those looking to just relax, hang out, and enjoy the scenery. An oar boat becomes a combo boat when up to 4 paddles are added for those in the group who would like to paddle during the trip. Being in a paddle boat requires a commitment to paddle the entire length of the trip. The guide steers from the back of the boat, calling out commands to the paddlers who provide the necessary momentum to move the boat down the river. There is less opportunity to hold on in a paddle boat, as you will need to be prepared to paddle through the rapids. The minimum age for a paddle boat is 16, or 14 with previous class III rafting experience; other restrictions may apply depending on the section of river and water level. Your trip leader will work with you to select the right type of boat(s) for your group.

An oar boat can hold up to 8 people plus the guide, while a paddle boat can hold up to 7 plus the guide. If you are in a group requiring more than 1 raft your trip leader will work with you to appropriately divide the group into boats.

Wear quick drying materials, like swimsuits, swim trunks, Underarmour, nylon or synthetic fabrics. Basically, quick-drying athletic clothing is appropriate. Do not wear cotton, as this will keep you cold when it gets wet. No Crocs or Flip-Flops. Wear old tennis shoes or sandals that are made for river activity, with a strong back strap around the ankle, or you may rent water boots at our front desk, along with other rental gear. Sunscreen is highly recommended, and sunglasses with a strap.

Wetsuits are available for rent. Some people like to rent wetsuits because they may keep you warmer when in contact with water. Water is colder in the spring, early summer, as well as during \”high water\” when it is running faster and does not have as much time to warm up. Wetsuits can also help keep you warmer during inclement weather, which is both common and unpredictable in Colorado during the summer months. Wetsuits guard against the potential shock associated with cold water immersion. If you are concerned about getting cold on your trip for any reason, we recommend that you rent a wetsuit for your personal comfort. Wetsuits are advised any time the water levels are above 2800 CFS in the Royal Gorge and 900 CFS in the Numbers. Please refer to the Rentals Chart for more information.

The largest Type V life jacket approved by the Coast Guard allows for a 52\” chest. This is what we provide.

Please refer to the Rapid Classification Chart for this information.

Helmets are required on all whitewater rafting trips.

There are many issues that come into play in determining the minimum age for whitewater rafting. Two important considerations are the size and maturity level of the child. US Coast Guard approved Type V life jackets do not come in sizes to fit all small children. The ability of the child to not panic, to understand instructions, and to self rescue if they are thrown from the boat is essential. Based on the risk, the water, and the type of gear, we have established that the minimum age for the Browns Canyon section of the river is 6 years old. We may increase the minimum age during peak run-off season.

Noah\’s Ark has strict policies in place for each section of water on the Arkansas River. If the water exceeds, or drops below a certain level (measured in CFS), Noah\’s Ark may find it necessary to move a trip to another section or cancel a trip entirely.

Adventure Park FAQ

The Browns Canyon Adventure Park is an aerial playground filled with many challenges and obstacles to conquer. Overlooking the renowned Arkansas River and the Browns Canyon National Monument, the park has four courses and two High Adrenaline challenges, allowing you to choose your challenge based on age, ability, and plain old gumption. Just like at the ski slopes, the courses range from introductory level elements to “blue” and “black” features, designed to test even the most intrepid adventurers. Because the course requires physical strength and stamina, each participant is encouraged to go at his or her own pace, and may not complete every course.

You can reserve a trip, or just drop by our site, although we highly recommend that you make a reservation in advance. We will do our best to accommodate walk-ins, but availability is not guaranteed. After check-in, we\’ll supply you with a harness and helmet and give you a safety briefing on how to properly use all the equipment. Then one of our highly trained staff will facilitate your experience throughout the courses. Depending on your group size, you may join other participants in a small group as you move around the park.

The Adventure Park is open daily from May until August, and limited availability over Labor Day weekend. Daytime reservations are available at 8:30 AM, 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, and 1:30 PM. Walk-ins are welcome, but availability is not guaranteed. Evening sessions are available for groups of 25 or more by reservation only.

2023 Rates

  • Adult: $75
  • Youth (7-12): $69

*Big Drop Swing Only is $15 for adults and youth ($15 for 2 rides)

  • Must weigh between 50 – 275 lbs.
  • Minimum age: 7 years old
  • Children 10 and under must have an adult (18+) participating with them on the course – max. 2 children per adult.
  • Children 11-14 must have an adult (18+) present at the park – max. 10 children per adult.
  • Individuals with a history of neck, back, or shoulder issues, may be prohibited from participating.
  • Individuals with underlying cardiac or joint issues should consult with a healthcare provider prior to participating.
  • We do prohibit use of the course if you are pregnant.
  • Participants may not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • All participants are required to sign a release form before participating.
  • Other rules and restrictions may apply.

We will supply you with a harness, helmet, and gloves upon request. You should wear clothing appropriate for outdoor activity, with nothing loose or hanging—no skirts or dresses. We recommend pants or longer shorts in order to be the most comfortable in our harnesses. Long hair should be tied back, with no dangling jewelry and nothing in pockets. Closed toe shoes must be worn; gym shoes or hiking boots are great options. No flip flops or sandals. You may carry a camera or cell phone on the course at your own risk. If you drop an object while on the course, there is no guarantee that it will be recovered.

The activities at Browns Canyon Adventure Park are physically strenuous and require sound body and mind. Every participant is encouraged to proceed at his or her own pace, and take breaks whenever necessary. Therefore, not every participant will succeed in completing every course. The more physically fit you are, the more courses you will likely be able to complete. Ultimately, you are responsible for deciding which parts of the park you are comfortable attempting. Participants with a history of neck, back, shoulder, or cardiac issues may be prohibited from participating. If you are pregnant, you will not be allowed to participate.

The courses and obstacles vary in difficulty. Some elements require more strength, reach, and agility than others. There are a variety of swings, zips, moving footholds, ladders, and places where you need to crawl or duck. Some parts of the course are only 10 feet off the ground, while other elements can be up to 50 feet high. While you will be encouraged to complete as many obstacles as possible, some physical limitations may prevent you from completing a challenge. In this case, a facilitator will assist you to either complete the course or strategically exit.

The course is physically demanding, requiring strength, agility, and cardiovascular stamina. Individuals with the following conditions should consult their health care provider and inform the Adventure Park staff prior to participation.

The Browns Canyon Adventure Park will operate in light to moderate rain. In the case of inclement weather (i.e., heavy rain, lightning, strong winds), we may have to temporarily close the course for your safety. We will invite you to wait in a safe place until the weather clears, at which point you may return to the course to complete your remaining time. If you have completed less than 2 hours of your time are not able to get back on the park, we will issue a pro-rated refund or a rain check for your remaining time.

Yes, spectators are welcome and are able to view participants on the course from designated areas. Spectators are not allowed on any part of the course at any time, including the main deck.

Reservations are highly recommended, especially for large groups. We will always try to accommodate walk-ins, but availability is not guaranteed. Please keep in mind that anyone under 18 must have a release form signed by a parent or legal guardian.

The Browns Canyon Adventure Park was built and is maintained by Adventure Experiences, Inc. (AEI). AEI is one of the original full service challenge course construction companies, and is recognized internationally for its expertise in designing and building state-of-the-art challenge courses. The Browns Canyon Adventure Park is a member of The Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT). ACCT is the professional organization that sets installation, inspection, operational, and certification standards for the challenge course industry.

There are inherent risks in any outdoor activity, but we work hard to minimize unnecessary risks and take precaution on the park, as evidenced by our extensive facilitator training. We have an excellent track record of managing risks and caring for our guests. We want each guest to have fun and to be challenged! Nonetheless, we want to provide an environment that neither puts you at unnecessary risk nor limits your potential to fully enjoy each & every activity. Among the risks are splinters, bruises, and scrapes while on the course.

Our facilitators have been trained in checking and operating the equipment, maneuvering throughout the courses, and enacting emergency and rescue procedures should there be a need. All facilitators are trained in accordance with ACCT standards on a yearly basis.

All participants will be required to sign a Participant Release of Liability, Waiver of Claims, Assumption of Risks and Indemnity Agreement prior to participation. Participants under 18 must have their waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian.

For Browns Canyon Adventure Park, if you cancel your reservation or reduce your number of participants 24 hours or more in advance, you will be refunded all but a cancellation fee of $15 per person/per activity. If you cancel your reservation or reduce your number of participants less than 24 hours prior to your trip, there is no refund. Cancellations and changes must be made during business hours with a reservationist, not by voice mail or email. Increasing your number of participants is based upon availability. Please notify us in advance.

There is so much to do while you are in the area visiting the Browns Canyon Adventure Park! You can combine your Adventure Park experience with a variety of other outdoor activities, including a Noah\’s Ark Whitewater Rafting trip through Browns Canyon! Check out our packages page for more information.

The Browns Canyon Adventure Park is located at Noah\’s Ark Whitewater Rafting Company. Click here for directions.

Tipping is industry standard. If you have received exceptional customer service and recognize your facilitator’s hard work in providing you with a quality, professional experience, $5-7 per guest is typical. Tips are always greatly appreciated, but never expected.

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PackagesLengthDifficulty RatingMin. AgeMeals IncludedAdult PriceYouth Price
Park & Soak1 DayN/A7Lunch$111$105
Paddle & Saddle1 DayII-III+7Lunch$203$193.50
Rock Climbing & Rafting1 DayII-III+, 5.6-5.8 climb6Lunch$200$190.50
Rock Climb & Overnight Raft2 DaysII-III+, 5.6-5.8 climb6Lunch, Dinner
Breakfast
$542$517
Raft & Rail1 DayII-III+6Lunch$160$124.50
Raft & Soak1 DayII-III+6Lunch$138$128.50
Park & Paddle1 DayII-III+6Lunch$177.15$162.90