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Ready for the adventure of a lifetime?

Colorado Surf Factory is ready to make your trip down the Arkansas River fun, safe, memorable and exciting. Brown's Canyon in Buena Vista, Colorado offers some of the best whitewater rafting in the USA and we have different options for all ages.  

You can choose to do a family float, a class III adventure filled with big rapids and beautiful scenery, or an extreme, non-stop class IV trip through The Numbers. No matter your choice, you will make memories that will last a lifetime!

Phone

(719) 299-1730
(877) RAFT-ARK

Location

22495 US Hwy 285
Nathrop, CO 81236

Hours

Every Day 8:30a-5:30p


Brown's Canyon

Brown's Canyon offers the most popular stretch of Class III whitewater in the country.  Besides the thrill of the rapids, you'll experience some of the most beautiful scenery in Colorado.  This trip is fun for the whole family!  You can choose to do a 1/2 day (10 miles of rafting), a full day (20 miles of rafting), or an overnight trip (28 miles of rafting) on this stretch of the river.  This trip is for ages 8 and over and is definitely our most popular.

Trip Details
Meeting Place: Colorado Surf Factory in Nathrop, CO
Minimum Group Size: No Minimum
Minimum Age: 8
Experience: None Required
Best Season: May-August

Pricing
Half Day: $64 for Adults || $45 for Under 12
Full Day: $96 for Adults || $75 for Under 12


Overnight Trips

These two or three day rafting trips offer the most continuous whitewater available in Colorado. Combining the Narrows, Brown's Canyon and the sections in-between, you'll enjoy camping and rafting in the beautiful Arkansas Valley. We'll provide all necessary rafting and camping equipment and you'll enjoy tasty and nutritious meals prepared by your CSF guides.  This will be an outdoor experience you will always remember. 

Trip Details
Meeting Place: Colorado Surf Factory in Nathrop, CO
Minimum Group Size: 4 People
Minimum Age: 8
Experience: Previous Class III Experience Required
Best Season: May-August

Pricing
Two Days (One Night): $300 for Adults || $230 for Under 12
Three Days (Two Nights): $534 for Adults || $454 for Under 12 


The Numbers

If you want something a little more extreme, take a trip down the Numbers.  The Numbers is a full day trip that is packed with non-stop class III and IV rapids.  This is a trip for thrill seekers, but not for novices.  It requires strength and stamina as you'll navigate your way through continuous rapids in the upper section.  After the Numbers you'll go through the Narrows, which is a fun and scenic ride. You'll end the trip at the Buena Vista River Park where you'll have a delicious lunch prepared by our guides. 

Trip Details
Meeting Place: Colorado Surf Factory in Nathrop, CO
Minimum Group Size: 6 People
Minimum Age: 16
Experience: Previous Class III Experience Required
Best Season: May-July

Pricing
Half Day: $75
Full Day: $115


Family Float Trips

Full-Day Trip (Class II-III): Float the Arkansas River through Salida, encountering easy to moderate rapids while taking in the historical and natural beauty of the surroundings. Great for ages 5 and up at most water levels. Call to book.

Half-Day Trip (Class I-II): Take a trip on the "milk run!" You'll float from Johnson Village to Fisherman's Bridge in Nathrop and will experience amazing views and relaxing water.  The trip starts with some fun waves and ends with breathtaking views!  The milk run is a great choice for people who want a shorter, more mellow float.  Perfect for families! 

Trip Details
Meeting Place: Colorado Surf Factory in Nathrop, CO
Minimum Group Size: 5 People
Minimum Age: No Minimum
Experience: No Previous Experience Required
Best Season: May-September

Pricing
Half Day: $60 for Adults || $40 for Kids Under 12
Full Day: $89 for Adults || $70 for Kids Under 12


Rafting + Hot Springs
Rafting + Horseback Riding

Who says the adventure and the fun have to stay on the river? Come for a rafting trip and relax at Mt. Princeton Hot Springs or take a trail ride through the Rockies on horseback.

Trip Details
Meeting Place: Colorado Surf Factory in Nathrop, CO
Minimum Group Size: 6 People
Minimum Age: 8
Experience: Previous Class III Experience Required
Best Season: May-July

Pricing
Varies Per Option


Paddle Boarding

Whether you want a guided tour or just want to rent solo, fun on the river doesn't have to be limited to a raft. We are glad to offer stand-up paddle boards for you to enjoy the mountain air and water with a guide, with your friends, or on your own. 

Details
Rental Place: Colorado Surf Factory in Nathrop, CO
Minimum Group Size: No Minimum
Experience: None Required
Best Season: May-September

Pricing
Call for pricing. Hourly, daily, and overnight options. 


We are glad to offer military, group, Boy and Girl Scout, church, and non-profit discounts! Just ask us about these sweet rafting deals when you call! 

Our Guides

Each of our guides has at least 5 years of experience!

Our Guides have years of experience, a passion for the river, and more importantly, a passion for people. Our company was founded on the goal of bringing people together and giving people an experience they will never forget. It starts with the way you are greeted, informed and equipped for the water. It continues with your guide interaction on and off of the river and it ends with a fun memory that will last a lifetime. Our guides are guaranteed to give you an engaging and memorable experience on the river. They are the best in the business!  

Our Building and Location

the perfect combination of fun, comfort, and convenience!

We are fortunate enough to occupy the old Stohlquist kayak factory in Nathrop, CO.  A historic whitewater landmark, our building is spacious and well-appointed.  The space is well thought out, family-friendly and comfortable. We feature changing rooms for both women and men, a retail and snack store, a game room for kids (plus yard games outside!) and plenty of parking. Our place is right off of the highway and rivals any other location on the Arkansas river. Plus, we offer shuttle services!

What To Bring

What To Bring Whitewater Rafting

what should you bring rafting? here are our suggestions.

We provide splash clothing and wetsuits to keep you warm, a dry bag for small items to be carried onto the raft, and a full lunch and drinks on full day trips.

We recommend that you bring the following:

  • Sunscreen--the sun on the river can be intense! 
  • Clothes that dry quickly. Nylon or poly fabrics are best.
  • Shoes that can get wet and that will stay on your feet (no flip flops).
  • Wool, poly, or polar fleece clothing on cooler days.
  • A t-shirt and shorts are appropriate for warmer days.
  • A change of clothes for the ride home.
  • Waterproof cameras and sunglasses with a strap (optional).

Please do not bring valuables such as jewelry on your rafting trip.


Where To Stay

whether you're the hotel type or the camping type, you have options for lodging for your rafting trip!

Buena Vista - Arkansas River Area

Super 8 Motel
530 US Hwy. 24
Buena Vista, CO 81211
1-888-605-8034

Best Western Vista Inn
733 US Highway 24 N
Buena Vista, CO 81211
1-719-395-8009

Salida - Arkansas River Area

San Isabel Bed and Breakfast
15914 County Rd 260
Salida, CO 81201
sanisabelbandb.com
1-719-539-5432

Super 8 Salida
525 W. Rainbow Blvd. (U.S. 50)
Salida, CO 81201
1-719-539-6689

The Woodland Motel
903 West 1st Street
Salida, Colorado 81201
woodlandmotel.com
1-800-488-0456

Kremmling - Colorado River Area

The Cliffside Inn
Highway 40 & 9
Kremmling, CO 80459
cliffsideinnkremmling.com
1-877-CLIFFSIDE

River of Life Log Cabin Lodging
Kremmling, CO
1-866-724-9959

Glenwood Springs Area

Colorado Hotel Service
glenwood-springs.coloradohotelservice.com
1-888-892-3642

Camping Near the Arkansas River

AHRA campsites
coloradodirectory.com/maps/arhnortharea.html
1-800-678-2267 or 1-303-470-1144

Chalk Creek Campground
chalkcreek-campground.com
1-719-395-8301 or 1-888-395-8830

contact

PHONE

(719) 299-1730
(877) RAFT-ARK

E-MAIL

info@bvrafting.com

LOCATION

22495 US Hwy 285
Nathrop, CO 81236

HOURS

Every Day 8:30a-5:30p