The Numbers Rafting – Planning the Ultimate Colorado Rafting Trip

The Numbers Background
The Numbers is an 8-mile Class IV/V (advanced) section on the Arkansas River located 10 miles north of Buena Vista, Colorado, and is widely considered to be one of the most difficult sections of commercially rafted river in Colorado.  This narrow section of whitewater winds its way through a beautiful high alpine environment, though you’ll probably be too busy paddling to notice.  The Numbers can typically be rafted from mid-May to mid-August due to water levels, with the best rafting coming in June and July.  Thrill seekers beware though…The Numbers is a physically demanding paddling adventure, with all guests’ efforts needed to work as a team to conquer the mighty rapids.

The Numbers Rafting Trips
While The Numbers doesn’t have any intimidating names for its rapids (i.e. Widowmaker, Sledgehammer, etc.), don’t be lulled into a false sense of security while on this rafting trip.  You might not be threatened by a rapid called “Number 4” at first, but you’ll be sure to remember each white-knuckled moment after catching your breath at the takeout.  Be sure to keep your wits about you while on The Numbers rafting trip!

The Numbers Whitewater Rafting
Previous experience is not necessary to raft The Numbers, though it is highly recommended.  For first-time rafters who have a hefty sense of adventure, The Numbers Full Day is a great way to experience some of the best whitewater rafting in Colorado.  This Full Day trip incorporates Browns Canyon (Class II/III) as a great morning warm-up before grabbing a bite to eat and attacking The Numbers in the afternoon.

How To Prepare for The Numbers Rafting
The best way to prepare for a trip down The Numbers is get a good night’s sleep and bring your sense of adventure!  Wetsuits and some form of insulated outerwear/footwear are recommended wear while rafting this section.  The Numbers is very close to the headwaters of the Arkansas River, and water temperatures can be chilly.  Not to worry though, you’ll have enough adrenaline pumping through your body you won’t notice the cold too much!

For the experienced rafter, there truly is nothing else like a trip down The Numbers.  With its tight channels, steep drops, and continuous action, The Numbers is a non-stop adrenaline ride not to be missed. So, bring some friends, your sense of adventure, and a change of clothes (believe us, you’ll need them!) and head up to The Numbers this summer.

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