White water rafting the Numbers on the Arkansas River at high water

Posted on June 25, 2011

A unique Colorado white water rafting opportunity

Today was a unique day of rafting on the Arkansas River. The Numbers section opened today and allowed a few lucky paddlers the opportunity to raft this incredible stretch of Colorado white water at optimal flows.

The Numbers is a class IV-V section of the Arkansas River located up stream from Buena Vista, Colorado. The Colorado State Parks regulates white water rafting companies on the Arkansas River and recommends that we do not run the Numbers if the water flows of the Arkansas River are above 2,400 CFS at the Granite guage. Today it was running 2,390 cfs.

RIVER RUNNERS REQUIREMENTS FOR CLASS IV – V RAPIDS

Numbers rafting trips in Buena Vista, Colorado on the Arkansas River can be run at or below 2,400 CFS
Requirements:
Must be 16 years old
Good physical condition
Rafting experience recommended



High water on the Arkansas River

It is high water season on the Arkansas River and the flows have not yet peaked. The water flows of the Arkansas River dropped today. This was due to some maintenance to a dam up stream. The Arkansas River dipped below 2,400 CFS. This allowed this hardy crew of white water enthusiasts to take an incredible adventure through some of Colorado’s best white water rafting.

This crew rafting with River Runners: two boats in the morning, some on a two day overnight rafting trip, who will camp in Browns Canyon overnight and raft out tomorrow. Five boats challenged these class IV-V rapids in the afternoon.

The Arkansas River was just below the cut-off point to not allow Colorado River Outfitters to commercially run this section. These people got a treat!

We were rafting the Royal Gorge today from our Royal Gorge Rafting Center in Canon City, Colorado. This is Colorado’s best white water rafting trip. If the Royal Gorge is not available you will have a blast rafting upstream of the Royal Gorge in Bighorn Sheep Canyon.

Experts expect the upper Arkansas River to peak July 2, 2011 at 5,000 CFS. This is going to make Browns Canyon and Bighorn Sheep Canyon a wild ride. Book your rafting trip today so you do not miss the boat. Try to avoid Saturdays if you want to miss the crowds.

Enjoy these video clips of some of Colorado’s best white water rafting. Be sure to call River Runners and book your Colorado white water rafting adventure.

Go white water rafting in Colorado with River Runners!