Glenwood Adventure Company provides wonderful river adventures on the Arkansas River through its sister company Lakota Guides. Our Browns Canyon river base is located on the corner of highway 82 and Highway 24 in Historical Balltown and Twin Lakes. The journey to our location from Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley is spectacular and has the ability to overshadow the actual Arkansas River adventure.
Browns Canyon which is located on the Eastern side of Independence Pass, approximately 1 hour from Aspen, includes 11,836 acres of the San Isabel National Forest designated a National Monument in 2015. The 21,586 acres of pristine forests, canyons, and rivers is home to Colorado’s premier destination for Whitewater rafting.
Located between the communities of Buena Vista and Salida in Chaffee County, Colorado, Browns Canyon elevation ranges from 7,300 feet to 10,000 feet, offering a backdrop of stunning views of the Arkansas Valley and the Sawatch Range of the Rocky Mountains. Home to the famous Collegiate Peaks some of the highest mountains towering above 14,000 feet in elevation.
Our Browns Canyon Full Day and Half Day River Adventure features a 10 – 16 mile river journey and the opportunity to experience Colorado’s finest whitewater. The Arkansas River, Brown’s Canyon is considered by many to be one of the best sections of whitewater in the world! A pool drop river famous for its exciting rapids and calm stretches, it is breathtaking Colorado scenery among classic Colorado whitewater. Our awesome guides will take you through the famous rapids, such as Zoom Flume, Big Drop, and The Toilet Bowl!
Between the class III rapids, you will have time to relax and catch your breath as you get to know your guide, learn more about the majestic views all around you, and even have some swimming opportunities. Keep your eyes peeled for the protected wildlife! This beautiful, remote canyon offers calm waters great for families, groups, first- timers, and even experienced whitewater rafting enthusiasts.
For those that want high adventure, the Arkansas River above Browns Canyon features the famous Numbers whitewater section. This adventure features constant, challenging whitewater within a granite gorge of the Arkansas River. This trip offers continuous, action-filled rafting with pour-overs and steep drops, with notable rapids such as House Rock and Frog Rock. This is a class IV – V adventure and prior experience and good physical fitness is recommended. We offer both a Half Day Numbers Rafting and a Full Day Numbers Rafting.