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The Numbers Half Day

  • Location

    14 miles north of Buena Vista, 19 miles south of Leadville

  • Duration

    Trip Time: 3 hrs
    Water Time: 2 hrs

  • Difficulty

    Intermediate+ Whitewater

  • Price

    Primary $79 Adult Ages 15+

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The Numbers Half Day

  • Includes wetsuits and splash jackets free of charge
  • Free coffee at outpost
  • Now offering delicious breakfast, lunch & dinner as trip add-on!
  • Approximately 9 miles on the river | 3 hour trip
  • Class IV/Intermediate; Adrenaline-filled, non-stop action with 8 Class III-V rapids!
  • Check in at 8:30 am or 12:30 pm at our Granite Outpost
  • $79/person for ages 15+

The Numbers Highlights

  • Good physical condition recommended
  • Approximately 9 miles on the river
  • Drops 75 ft. per mile
  • Minimum requirements: at least 15 years old
  • Continuous whitewater provides one of the best half day trips in CO
  • Life jackets, wetsuits, splash jackets, and helmets are provided

Trip Details

Looking for that true “Colorado Rocky Mountain high”?  The Numbers section of the Arkansas River got its name in the late 1800s by local miners who viewed the rapids as non-navigable landmarks. They were so intimidated that they just numbered the rapids instead of naming them.  If you are an experienced rafter looking to take it to the next level or an adventurous beginner up for a new challenge, the Numbers rafting trips are some of the best Arkansas River white water rafting trips around!

The Numbers rafting offers narrow channels, steep drops, and technical maneuverings as you travel through boulder-strewn canyons within the gorgeous Arkansas River Valley, makes this rafting trip one to remember!  With the snow-capped mountains of the Collegiate Peaks in the distance, the area's picturesque views are sure to blow you away.  You may also catch sight of some local wildlife like Big Horn sheep, deer, elk and tons of bird life. However the Numbers section of the Arkansas River is the most continuous whitewater section so paddling and paying attention to the river is important.

This river section is highlighted by rapids number four and five. Number four is a continuous rapid with a significant must make move right in the middle of what is a long rapid. Number five presents different challenges. Up top of this dog leg right you'll need to punch a significant hole and then make the right dog leg move. But then immediately start making your way back left to fight the current that wants to push you into the rocks on the right bank. All in all this tricky rapid can make for an exciting day. The Numbers is a great section for those who want to paddle and help navigate a fast section of whitewater.

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