Wild & High Exertion

Numbers 1/2 Day

Looking for that quintessential Colorado whitewater rafting experience? Head to the Numbers section of the Arkansas River! If you are an experienced rafter looking to take it to the next level or an adventurous beginner up for a new challenge, the Numbers rafting trip is the perfect exhilarating adventure.

The Highlights Of Your Trip

The Numbers rafting offers narrow channels, steep drops, and technical maneuverings as you travel through boulder-strewn canyons within the gorgeous Arkansas River Valley. This whitewater rafting experience combines heart-pounding whitewater with stunning scenery on all sides. Physically fit beginners and more experienced rafters will enjoy this adventure.

Minimum age: 15

Book this trip


How much


From $94

Ages 15+15% off
with promo SUMMERDAZE15


What's included


  • Rafting

Trip Length


Half Day


How Hard


Wild & High Exertion

Who can go

Minimum Age

15 years old & Up

What AVA’s The Numbers RAFTING looks like

Trip Highlights

A. What to Expect

  • Half-day whitewater adventure on the Arkansas River
  • Approximately 6 miles on the river through 8 Class III-V rapids!
  • Adrenaline-filled, non-stop action on continuous whitewater
  • Beautiful scenery along the Arkansas River
  • Expert rafting guides

B. Trip Itinerary

  • Meet your guide at our Buena Vista outpost and gear up for your rafting adventure
  • Shuttle to the water, where your guide will run you through basic paddling technique
  • Spend the morning or afternoon on the water, paddling 6 miles and through 8 rapids on the Arkansas River
  • Shuttle back to the outpost and review the photos from your trip

C. Who will love this trip?

  • Adrenaline seekers hoping to navigate some of Colorado’s best whitewater, while spending time in the Rocky Mountains
  • Nature lovers looking to appreciate startling scenery while undertaking an exciting adventure
  • Families with children ages 15+

What to expect

On Your Whitewater Rafting Adventure

Rafting group celebrating after successfully navigating a difficult stretch of the Arkansas River.

Excitement at Every Turn

Prepare for an adrenaline-packed adventure on your The Numbers whitewater rafting experience. Renowned as one of the most exhilarating stretches of the Arkansas River, this section boasts class III through V rapids spread across 6 miles of thrilling river terrain. Feel your pulse quicken as you navigate steep drops, intricate technical sections, and narrow channels, descending through some of Colorado’s most exhilarating whitewater.

three boats rafting down the Arkansas River Valley

Stunning Scenery

With the snow-capped mountains of the Collegiate Peaks in the distance, the area’s picturesque views are sure to blow you away. You may also catch sight of some local wildlife like big horn sheep, deer, elk, and tons of bird life. The Numbers section of the Arkansas River may be the most continuous whitewater section, but don’t forget to glance up from the spray to catch views of the valley surrounding you.

Rafting helmets on dirt outside

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
Image of Buena Vista, Colorado.

Continue the Adventure

Immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of Buena Vista – the perfect place to continue the day’s adventure or stay for a weekend.

  • Extend your adventure in one of our charming cabins or scenic campsites
  • Delve deeper into nature with a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, fly-fishing, or horseback riding
  • Check out an array of restaurants and breweries to refuel after your trip
  • Recharge and unwind amidst the natural beauty of the region by soaking in the waters of nearby Cottonwood Hot Springs or Mount Princeton Hot Springs

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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