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Pine Creek Half Day

  • Location

    Granite Outpost: 14 miles north of Buena Vista in Central Colorado

  • Duration

    Trip Time: 3 hrs
    Water Time: 2 hrs

  • Difficulty

    Advanced+ Whitewater

  • Price

    Primary $92 Adult Ages 15+

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Pine Creek Half Day

Class V Colorado Rafting

  • Wetsuits and Splash jackets included
  • Now offering delicious breakfast, lunch & dinner options as an add on to this trip!
  • Approximately 10 miles on the river | 2 hour river time
  • Half Day Advanced+ rafting trip on the Pine Creek, the most advanced section of the Arkansas River
  • Meet at Granite Outpost at 7:45 am
  • $92 per person

Pine Creek Half Day Highlights

  • Raft through Granite Gorge: the only way to see this gorge is by doing the Pine Creek trip
  • Advanced+ whitewater
  • Minimum age 15

Trip Details

The most advanced section on the Arkansas River begins in the little mountain town of Granite, which quickly fades away as you enter the exciting Granite Gorge. These Class III and IV rapids are merely a warm-up for what comes next. Get ready to paddle hard as you journey through the Rite of Passage, the gates of Pine Creek rafting, where the river narrows by half. Here you'll encounter the most continuous rapids in the state. This is where Pine Creek rafting trips truly become an adventure – the river becomes a creek and its gradient drops an astounding 200 feet with a must-make crux move. Once you pass Pine Creek hole you'll be spit right into Triple Drop Rapid. This half mile section is full of haystack waves. This roller coaster ride of a finish will be enjoyed by all. You'll then regroup with the other boats and head into tombstone and several other small rapids as you make your way to the take out of Pine Creek. This take out is the put in for the Numbers. Guests should strongly consider doing this section too. The Gauntlet combines both Pine Creek and the Numbers into a full day rafting trip with a delicious chicken Fajita lunch at the end.

This run demands good physical condition and a minimum age of 15 yrs. (AVA reserves the right to change the Pine Creek rafting trip age requirements depending on water levels and individual qualifications.)

77% of the people who ran Pine Creek in 2016 chose to go with AVA. Our experience on this section is unmatched. Pine Creek Rapid is across the street from our Arkansas River Granite Outpost allows us to see and run this section daily.

Pine Creek is:

  • Steepest rapid in the state of Colorado
  • Approximately 10 miles of travel down river
     

Both Pine Creek Half Day or The Gauntlet Full Day (Pine Creek & The Numbers):

  • Pine Creek Rapid can be scouted for those who may be unsure of ability to run this section
  • Minimum requirements: 15 years old and good physical condition
  • Rafts on this section accommodate up to 6 people plus the guide
  • Life jackets, wetsuits, splash jackets, and helmets are provided
  • Peak Season for rafting the advanced trips on the Arkansas River: mid-May to mid-August, meet at the outpost at 8:30 am
  • Now offering delicious breakfast, lunch & dinner options as an add on to this trip!

Add on an awesome Zip line tour or Rappel for an extra shot of adrenaline!

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