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The Numbers Rafting

If heart-pounding, adrenaline-pumping Colorado rafting is what you’re looking for, The Numbers rafting trip is for you! This is where it all begins, the headwaters of the Arkansas River.  This is one of the most difficult sections of commercially rafted river in Colorado, and although you’ll wind your way through an awe-inspiring high alpine setting, you’ll probably be too busy paddling to even notice! 

  • One of the most technical and physically demanding stretches of river in Colorado!
  • Exclusive Full Day Adventure includes Browns Canyon & The Numbers.
  • Non-stop whitewater from start to finish!

This section is narrow, rocky, and technical with relentless drops and continuous Colorado whitewater!


16 Years Old
Class IV-V
Buena Vista Rafting Outpost

The Numbers 1/2 Day

$75 Ages 16+
Departs: 9:00 am & 1:00 pm
Duration: Allow up to 2.5 hours

This trip doesn’t mess around as you’ve only got a very short period of time to get in-sync and get ready before you drop in!  It’s crucial that you listen up and paddle hard as you navigate through this legendary stretch of whitewater!

*This trip departs from our Buena Vista Rafting Outpost and the minimum age is 16 years old.

The Numbers Full Day

$115 Ages 16+
Departs: 9:00 am
Duration: Allow up to 5.5 hours
Gourmet BBQ lunch included!

As an AAE exclusive, you’ll start your adventure paddling through the majestic Browns Canyon National Monument, followed up by a delicious riverside BBQ lunch.  Once you’ve refueled, it’s back to the raft and time for the white-knuckle roller coaster that is The Numbers!

*This trip departs from our Buena Vista Rafting Outpost and the minimum age is 16 years old.

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INSIDER’S TIP: Work Your Way Up

If this trip sparks your interest, but you’d like a little bit of a warm-up, try our Numbers Full Day Adventure. The Numbers Full day trip is an AAE exclusive and allows you to test the waters by starting the day with a rafting run through our intermediate Class III section, Brown’s Canyon first. Then catch your breath as you enjoy a gourmet riverside lunch at our family-friendly beer garden, and finish up the day by taking on the challenging whitewater rapids of The Numbers.

Remember, The Numbers is a Class IV-V Advanced section and requires certain levels of health and fitness. If it sounds like something you’d enjoy but want more information, don’t hesitate to call us: 719.395.2409

Also note: our Royal Gorge Rafting Full Day Adventure follows a similar progression with equal enjoyment through Bighorn Sheep Canyon and the Royal Gorge.

Recommended Add-Ons Or Packages

After an action packed day of crashing waves and paddle high fives a relaxing soak in one of the Colorado’s most serene hot springs can be just what the doctor ordered.  The Hot Springs at Mt Princeton resort range in temperature from 95 degrees to 106 degrees and with intimate creekside hot springs and family friendly pools complete with a 400’ waterslide this is the perfect end to a spectacular day in the mountains!

Preparing For The Tripjackets

What To Wear & Bring

The key to enjoying a Numbers white water rafting adventure to the fullest is being properly prepared and dressed.  Here’s a list of things that we recommend to wear and bring:

  • Swimsuit
  • Quick-Drying Clothes (no cotton, no denim)
  • Sun Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Dry Clothes & Towel for after your trip
  • Water Shoes (No Flip Flops, Crocs or Bare-feet!)
  • Money for items such as:
    • Rental Gear
    • Photos
    • Souvenirs
    • Guide Gratuity

Optional Rental Gear

Although most summer days include plenty of sunshine, you have to remember that this water is coming straight off the Rocky Mountains and can sometimes be a bit chilly.  No need to worry as we have all of the gear that you could possibly want or need to make sure that you’re as comfortable as possible.

If you’re not sure what you’ll need, don’t worry.  Come in the day of your trip and our friendly staff will give you an honest recommendation based upon water levels, air temperature, and weather forecasts.  We have a 100% satisfaction guarantee so making sure you’re comfortable is our top priority.

  • Wetsuit – Stretchy 2mm neoprene keeps your core warm without unnecessary bulk
  • Splash Jacket – Urethane coated nylon jacket with neoprene neck and wrist gaskets to help with the splash
  • River Shoes – Neoprene boots that keep your feet warm, comfortable, and well protected

* 1 Rental Item = $5.00, 2 Rental Items = $10.00, Complete Rental Package = $12.00