Maximum Adrenaline

The Gauntlet – Pine Creek & Numbers

Experience the wildest rafting offered on the Arkansas River in Colorado.  On this rafting adventure, you’ll have the opportunity to navigate the Pine Creek and Numbers sections of this iconic river, rushing through class III-V rapids under towering peaks and through Colorado’s most natural areas.

The Highlights Of Your Trip

Blast into this white water rafting full-day adventure that will get your heart racing as you navigate 11 miles through the Pine Creek and Numbers sections of the Arkansas River. This trip maximizes convenience and adrenaline, as it lasts between 4 and 5 hours and begins just 1 mile from our outpost.

Minimum age: 15

Book this trip


How much


From $249

Ages 15+ 15% off
with promo SUMMERDAZE15


What's included


  • Rafting

Trip Length


4-5 hours, Includes lunch


How Hard


Maximum Adrenaline

Who can go

Minimum Age

15 years old & Up

What AVA’s The Gauntlet RAFTING looks like

Trip Highlights

A. What to Expect

  • 4-5 hour rafting trip on the steepest section of the Arkansas River (Pine Creek and Numbers)
  • Navigate 11 miles through class III through V rapids
  • Colorado’s best mountain scenery, including the surrounding Arkansas River Valley and the distant Collegiate Peaks Mountain Range
  • Riverside lunch
  • Highly-trained raft guides
Trip Resources

B. Trip Itinerary

  • Meet your guide and gear up at our Buena Vista outpost
  • Shuttle to our trip’s put-in location
  • Listen as your guide runs through paddling technique
  • Blast down the steepest and most continuous whitewater on the Arkansas River
  • Hit the water for even more excitement in the afternoon
  • Shuttle back to our outpost
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch and refuel
  • Review photos from your trip
Getting Here

C. Who will love this trip?

  • Adventure seekers looking for a high-adrenaline rafting trip (beginners may also enjoy this experience but must be physically fit enough for a full day of advanced whitewater)
  • Groups looking to spend time in one of Colorado’s most wild and pristine places
  • Families with kids at least 15 years old
What to Expect

What to expect

On Your Whitewater Rafting Adventure

Rafting the Arkansas River.

Excitement at Every Turn

From our Buena Vista outpost, the Gauntlet Express will take you on a thrilling ride down the steepest and most continuous whitewater on the Arkansas River. This rafting experience will get your heart up from the start and keep the adrenaline flowing over 11 miles of excitement. The Gauntlet is an exciting and intense adventure, and our highly experienced guides will ensure safety is top priority. You’ll experience steep drops and technical sections, as you paddle through a mixture of class III through V rapids. Be sure to hold on tight through Pine Creek – the steepest and fastest section on the Arkansas River!

three boats rafting down the Arkansas River Valley

Stunning Scenery

As you paddle, you’ll be thrown into the midst of the beautiful scenery of the Arkansas River, including the stunning river valley. Be sure to pick your eyes up from some of Colorado’s bluest water to admire the vibrant greenery on its banks and the Collegiate Peaks Mountain Range in the distance.  Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, including bighorn sheep and bald eagles

Raft and equipment, including safety helmets and lifejackets.

Included Gear & Packing List

All of your gear will be provided for your rafting excursion. This includes:

  • PFD
  • Wetsuit
  • Splash jacket


  • Shoes that will stay securely on your feet… no flip flops or crocs!
  • Fleece and/or quick dry clothing
  • Waterproof sunscreen & sunglasses
  • Cash to tip your raft guide
AVA sign in Colorado.

Continue the Adventure

Immerse yourself in the vibrant mountain atmosphere of Buena Vista, the perfect backdrop for extending your adventures or indulging in a weekend getaway.

  • Book one of our cabins or  campsites, ensuring that your adventure is paired with comfortable accommodations.
  • Discover even more outdoor pursuits, including hiking, biking, fly-fishing, and horseback riding, all within reach of Buena Vista’s stunning natural surroundings.
  • Savor the flavors of Buena Vista’s diverse culinary scene. With a plethora of restaurants and breweries, there is something to satisfy everyone.
  • Rejuvenate at Cottonwood Hot Springs or Mount Princeton Hot Springs, and unwind amidst breathtaking mountain vistas.

Trip Location

Rafters on smooth waters.

Buena Vista

40671 US-24
Buena Vista, CO 81211

If using Google Maps, ‘US 24 North’ is incorrect and will take you 10 miles south of us. Type in the address exactly as listed above to ensure correct directions.

On the hunt for a true mountain excursion?  Head to Buena Vista, Colorado to raft through a national monument on our Brown’s Canyon 1/2 day trip, fly above the Arkansas River Valley on our Mountaintop Zipline, or Rock Climb the majestic Granite Gorge Cliffs, where views of the majestic Collegiate Peaks will take your breath away.

AVA’s Buena Vista Outpost is located just over an hour from Summit County and under two and a half hours from Denver, Colorado.

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three rafts on the upper colorado river with rocky cliffs on either side.

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