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Arkansas River The Numbers Rafting
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Arkansas River
The Numbers Class IV and Pine Creek Class V

From mountain slopes of pinon pine, juniper and cholla cactus populated by big horn sheep herds to the summits of the Collegiate Peaks, Mount Oxford, Princeton, Harvard and Yale to the rapid-filled canyons of the Arkansas River, the Arkansas River Valley offers a world of adventures for you and your family. Explore this magical part of America’s old west with an overnight rafting trip, horseback riding, (day or overnight) mountain biking, hiking, visit a hot springs or take four-wheel-drive tour of this area’s ghost towns. Dvorak Expeditions offers you a great way to experience the wildlife and the wilderness within spectacular river valley.
The Arkansas valley offers unparalleled recreational opportunities. Many 14,000 foot peaks surround the Arkansas valley with the river cutting through and changing the views every few miles. The river source at Leadville, Colorado begins your 100 miles of unlimited offerings, a world of adventure and outdoor opportunities. Explore the possibilities with a customized Dvorak Expedition Arkansas Combination trip. Spend the day running the river or climbing to the sky on the shoulders of a 14,000 foot peak, riding the trails on a mountain bike, exploring ghost towns and natural hot springs. An overnight whitewater river trip will combine with horseback riding, hiking, biking and exploring to take you even deeper into the beauties of the Upper Arkansas Recreation Area. By foot, trail, river or bike, Dvorak Expeditions offers trips featuring any combination. Let us custom design your two- three- four or more day stay in the Arkansas Valley.
The Arkansas River is a river that offers a variety of choices. It is possible to combine whitewater runs creating trips from one day to five days over the length of the river.
The Arkansas River starts out with a bang. The Numbers, the highest section of the river is the most technical and de-manding stretch the Arkansas has to offer. Here only those with previous paddling experience dare to go. You must be at least l8 years of age. CLASS IV.
Class 5 Whitewater Rafting

PINE CREEK (6 miles):
The most challenging stretch of the Arkansas. Only for those who have paddled on class IV or better. Minimum age of 18. Class IV-V.
Are you ready for the BIG stuff?
Some black out dates (May-June) on levels above 2400 cfs may occur. Call us for availability.
The Arkanas River's Pine Creek will challenge the most experienced in your whitewater career! Paddling this stretch of raging whitewater requires navigation skills to avoid holes and major drops. This one is only for those who have paddled with Dvoraks before on class IV or better. We will screen our paddle crews and require verification of runs on the Royal Gorge prior to booking the Pine Creek run. Lunch is provided on the trip and we finish our day in the Numbers 1,2,3,4,5,6,& 7.
Pine Creek (Class V) Full Day
Departure Time 8:00 AM
Raft: Minimum age: 18
Arkansas River Fee:
Pine Creek + Numbers Full Day $145.00*

*Colorado Govt. Use Fees of 5.25% and 1% is going toward the Upper Arkansas Land Trust. Please use this link for more information.

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Our guides are experienced men and women skilled at handling their craft. They all have current first aid and CPR training and have fulfilled guide qualification requirements in the states of Colorado, Utah and New Mexico. Trip Leaders have thousands of river miles of experience on all classes of rivers including all those Dvorak Expeditions run.
On overnight trips all on-river meals are provided, beginning with lunch the first day and ending with lunch the last day. The food is fresh and hearty and the guides will prepare it for you. A typical dinner menu will include as a main course BBQ Steak, Baked Fish, Teriyaki Chicken, or combination entrees, fresh vegetables and salads, Dutch-oven desserts or breads, hors d'oeuvres, fresh fruits, fruit juices, coffee, tea and a complimentary glass of wine with dinner.
Is buffet style with a wide variety of salads, sandwiches, fruit, cheeses, sliced meats, nuts and juices or sodas. Breakfast includes fresh fruit juice, eggs in all styles, special pancakes, French toast, melons, fruit, cereals with milk, sausage, bacon, coffee, tea, hot chocolate. We can accom-modate special diets with advance notice and almost always the menu suits the vegetarian.
Though we carry ample supplies of juices, coffee, tea and hot chocolate we encourage you to bring extra soda or beer. You can arrange for us to pick up specific beverages for you prior to the trip or you can stock up in Salida before you meet us at the base. Any liquids you bring must be in unbreakable containers.
We request that you do not drink alcohol on the day trips on the river. You're welcome to bring alcohol in unbreakable containers on overnight trips for drinks around the fire. Wine is complimentary with dinner. Our guides may refuse to let you participate in a trip if your safety is at risk.
Major airports are Denver International or Colorado Springs; rental car or van from there to the Arkansas Valley. Car rentals are available in Denver or Colorado Springs. There are "limited" jeep and domestic rental vehicles available in the Arkansas valley by prior arrangement. .
Salida and Buena Vista, Colorado have small aircraft facilities and charter flights only are available with adequate numbers for charter.
Arrive in Salida or Buena Vista, Colorado the day prior to the trip
The Rand McNally Road Atlas and the Dvorak map will assist.
To reach our Nathrop Base, you will need to follow Hwy 285 out of Denver all the way to the Base located at 17921 US Hwy 285. It is approximately 160 miles from Denver International Airport to the Nathrop Base (3 hours). The mountain road driving is through one of the most beautiful parts of the Rocky Mountains and you should allow extra driving time to sight-see. From Colorado Springs use US Hwy 115 to Hw 50 west connecting up with US Hwy 285 north towards Buena Vista. You will see our sign just past the Shell Gas Station and Prospector Rock Shop on Hwy 285.
At the end of your day or the final day of your trip, Dvorak's van or bus will either deliver you to the place where you left your car or return you to your lodging or arranged drop off point. "River Time is unpredictable." Please keep this in mind when you make final day commitments.
Additional cash requirements:You will need to arrange all pre and post lodging and meals before and after your trip. Gratuities are not included in the trip cost. You will not require any monies during your trip. Valuables should be stored in the safe at your lodging or you can keep valuables in the waterproof bag provided by Dvoraks. A small amount of money maybe needed during shuttle for snacks at the end of trip.
Where to Meet:
Arrive at the appropriate base by 8:00am for Full Day and Morning trips and at 12:15 for an afternoon trip. You will meet your guides at Dvorak Expedition's Nathrop base (see map). Special arrangements can be made to pick you up at your lodging by 8:00 a.m. on the morning of the first day. Confirm prior to start date. There is a secure parking area at Dvorak Expedition bases for you to leave your belongings.
Responsibility Waiver
Dvorak Expeditions will assume no responsibility for injury to trip members, damage or loss of belongings or for time or expense incurred as the result of a Dvorak Expeditions trip. We require you to read and sign a liability release form prior to your trip as well as a health questionnaire.
Because of the risk associated with river trips, including possible personal injury, property loss and financial loss in the event of cancellation, we strongly urge all trip participants to obtain vacation insurance.
Forms We Need:
Please return the following forms to us via mail as soon as you have booked your trip:
Trip Questionnaire - Passenger List - Rental Request
Vacation Insurance Form - use the below information for online viewing.
Medical Risk Form
What to Bring
Please see our packing list and answers to common questions.
Refund Policy
It is sometimes necessary for us to cancel or modify a trip because of unusual circumstances. We reserve the right to cancel or modify any trip due to weather or water conditions or other circumstances beyond our control. In such cases, we cannot be responsible for paying any expenses you may have incurred other than to refund monies due to you for trip costs per the policies below.

Dvorak Expeditions recommends that you obtain trip vacation insurance in order to protect yourself from any losses you might incur if you suddenly need to cancel your reservation. If you have to cancel your trip and have not obtained trip insurance, we recommend you try to find someone to take your place.

Please read carefully our cancellation policy, below, as it applies in every instance:

One-Day Trips
When cancellation is made 2 days or more prior to departure, all monies are refunded less a 50% (of total trip price) cancellation fee, or the total deposit if it is less than 50% of the trip price.
With less than 2 days notice, no monies are refunded (this includes credit card charges).

Travel Insurance:
We recommend that you purchase trip cancellation insurance through Travelex Insurance (please reference locator account # 06-0520 – product # A0105102) in the event you need to cancel your trip with us.
Product No. TR01 05/00
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