Numbers Full Day

Arkansas River, Buena Vista
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    A rare break in action as you paddle the Narrows
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    Combining the Numbers and Narrows makes for a great trip
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    Crash through rapids and make tight maneuvers
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    Tackle the technical and exciting Numbers
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    Spend your day on the most challenging trip we have

Experience the most highly technical and challenging section of white water we offer. This thrilling and fast-paced Arkansas River trip departs from our office in Buena Vista, Colorado, near Colorado Springs and Denver, and includes the Numbers and Narrows sections. Recommended to advanced rafters and those ages 14+. This adventure is available from May 15 to Aug 15.

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Trip Details

Adults: $117

  • 9:00 AM Departure
  • May 15 to August 15
  • 15 miles on the river
  • Advanced, Class IV-V rapids
  • Ages 14 years and up*
  • Deli-style lunch included
  • Complimentary continental breakfast
  • Experienced guide on each raft
  • Centrally located – close to Denver and major resort towns

About the Arkansas River Numbers Full Day Trip

One of the preferred Class V training and competition runs of many World Class kayakers, it also makes for a World Class raft trip!

Extremely rocky, this steep and very technical series of drops requires pinpoint precision paddling. Be prepared to make radical maneuvers as you punch powerful hydraulics and make lateral raft moves to thread the needle in boulder-choked drops.

If you have time to look around you, the views of the 14,000 foot Collegiate Peaks are awe inspiring. We will finish the day in the relatively moderate non-stop whitewater of the Narrows section. Previous experience is recommended.

This trip is one step tougher than our Royal Gorge Full Day. If you’re looking for extreme action this is the trip for you! A Half Day Numbers trip is also available.

Additional Information
  • *Adult price is valid for those 14 years and older. Minimum age is subject to increase due to high water, typically late-May through June.
  • Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more.
  • Please arrive at least 30-45 minutes prior to departure time.
  • Price listed includes your lifejacket, helmet, guide, boat, transportation to and from the river, lunch, continental breakfast, snack after the trip and free use of our shaded dog kennel. The prices listed do not include 9% land and water access fees, cold weather rentals or guide tip.
Reviews of The Numbers Section on the Arkansas

Trip Video

Map & Directions to Buena Vista, CO

Wilderness Aware Rafting’s office is located on Hwy 285 & 24 about 3 miles south of Buena Vista, CO – just east of the Arkansas River bridge and the small community of Johnson Village.


  • Packing List and Pre-Trip Information: a complete list of what to bring, what we provide, rental costs and directions.
  • Liability Release: required for each rafter. Please feel free to complete this form prior to arrival. Each person under 18 years of age requires a parent/guardian to co-sign.
  • Arkansas River Description: information about the Arkansas River, including a complete list of all trips we offer.
  • Itinerary: read our sample itinerary.
  • Gallery: look through photos of the Arkansas River, our other rivers, staff, wildlife and more.
  • River Map: check out our detailed river maps including rapids and other features.
  • FAQ’s: Take a look through our most frequently asked questions and answers.

Arkansas River Numbers Section River Level Graph

This graph shows the water levels and flow for the Numbers Section for the last week. The blue line in the graph is the last week and the yellow triangles are the historical averages for the same days.

USGS Arkansas River water flow measured below Granite, Colorado