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The Gauntlet - Pine Creek & Numbers

  • Location

    14 miles north of Buena Vista in Central Colorado

  • Duration

    Trip Time: 6 hrs
    Water Time: 4 hrs

  • Difficulty

    Advanced+ Whitewater

  • Price

    Primary $139.00 Adult Ages 15+

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The Gauntlet: Pine Creek & The Numbers

  • Includes hot chicken fajita lunch riverside
  • Includes wetsuits and splash jackets free of charge
  • Free coffee at outpost
  • Now offering delicious breakfast & dinner as trip add-on!
  • Approximately 18 miles on the river | 6 hour trip
  • Class III-V rapids throughout
  • Check in at 8:30 am at our Granite Outpost

Pine Creek & The Numbers Highlights

  • Most advanced section of white water. Good physical condition required.
  • Features steepest rapid in the state of Colorado
  • Most continuous rapids in the state
  • Journey through the Rite of Passage (the gates of Pine Creek)
  • Most advanced section of white water

The Gauntlet Trip Details

Experience the wildest rafting offered on the Arkansas River in Colorado. Rafting The Gauntlet is a must for any adventure seeker! Pine Creek and the Numbers Arkansas River rafting trip is far and away the steepest and most continuous whitewater on the Arkansas River. 

Worried about safety? Legitimate concern, but it's good to note that AVA runs more guests down these sections than any other company in Colorado, so you're in good hands with highly experienced and safe river guides. So, get ready to blast down the Arkansas River and enjoy the most technical, steepest, and most continuous sections of whitewater rafting the Arkansas River and Colorado has to offer.

We launch in the sleepy mountain village of Granite, which quickly fades away upon entering Granite Gorge (Granite Gorge by itself is a trip appropriate for the whole family). Warm up for The Gauntlet rafting adventure in this gorgeous canyon on Class III whitewater rapids such as Maytag, Car Crash, and Hopscotch.

Arrive at the famous Pine Creek, where the group will scout the rapid with your guide. In no time you'll be headed into our Class V section of Pine Creek, followed by the Triple Drop. The river narrows to about half its width and drops 200 feet over the course of these two rapids! This continuous, steep, technical section will keep your paddle moving and your knuckles white.

Continue the rest of your white water rafting trip down the notorious Class IV Numbers section. When you reach the end of this exciting adventure, enjoy our hot fajita lunch riverside. You won't leave disappointed or dry! Be sure to stop back in our outpost to check out the photos of your Arkansas River rafting Colorado adventure through The Gauntlet!

Fun Fact: 77% of the people who rafted Pine Creek in 2016 went with AVA. No other company even comes close to our experience level on this section! Having it across the street from our Outpost helps.

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