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Pine Creek Half Day with Rappel

  • Location

    Granite Outpost: Central CO, 14 miles north of Buena Vista, 19 miles south of Leadville. Just over 1 hour drive from Breckenridge, Vail or Aspen. 2 hours from Denver.

  • Duration

    Trip Time: 4 hrs
    Water Time: 2 hrs

  • Difficulty

    Advanced+ Whitewater

  • Price

    Primary $157.00 and up Adult Ages 15+

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Pine Creek Half Day Rafting with Rappel

Rappel down to your Raft Before Hitting the Biggest Class V on the Arkansas River!

  • Rappel into Granite Gorge to the Arkansas River
  • Wetsuits and Splash jackets included
  • Now offering delicious breakfast, lunch & dinner options as an add on to this trip!
  • Approximately 10 miles on the river | 2 hour river time
  • Half Day Advanced+ rafting trip on the Pine Creek, the most advanced section of the Arkansas River
  • Meet at Granite Outpost at 7:45 am

Pine Creek Half Day Rafting with Rappel Highlights

  • Raft through Granite Gorge: the only way to see this gorge is by doing the Pine Creek trip
  • Advanced + whitewater
  • Minimum age 15

Trip Details

We'll head to Granite Gorge, a tight canyon that sits above the Arkansas River. Gear up with harnesses while your guide instructs you on rappelling 75 feel down toward your awaiting raft.

The most advanced section on the Arkansas River begins next.  The Class III and IV rapids of Granite Gorge are merely a warm-up for what comes next. Get ready to paddle hard as you journey through the Rite of Passage, the gates of Pine Creek rafting, where the river narrows by half. Here you’ll encounter the most continuous rapids in the state. This is where Pine Creek rafting trips truly become an adventure – the river becomes a creek and its gradient drops an astounding 200 feet with a must-make crux move.

This run demands good physical condition and a minimum age of 15 yrs. (AVA reserves the right to change the Pine Creek rafting trip age requirements depending on water levels and individual qualifications.) If you’re thinking about doing the Pine Creek rafting half day trip, make sure you consider the full day Gauntlet trip (Pine Creek and Numbers sections combined into a full day with lunch) or the Gauntlet with Rappel. Even better, the Gauntlet with Rappel + Zipline Tour Package!

We guarantee–when you have to get out at the end of the Pine Creek half day, you’re going to wish you were still on the river rafting through the Numbers!

77% of the people who ran Pine Creek in 2016 chose to go with AVA. Our experience on this section is unmatched. Pine Creek Rapid is across the street from our Arkansas River Granite Outpost allows us to see and run this section daily.

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