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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. This trip 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. 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.
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 us 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%, $2.00 per person per trip admin fee and 1% is going toward the Upper Arkansas Land Trust. Our website will show you the total price of this raft trip before you make any commitments.

The prices above may not be current.

We no longer offer reservations for this adventure.

Please contact: Dvorak Expeditions at 719 539-6851
You can also contact them by email at:

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.

Is buffet style with a wide variety of salads, sandwiches, fruit, cheeses, sliced meats, nuts and juices or sodas. We can accommodate special diets with advance notice and almost always the menu suits the vegetarian.

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.


Meeting Place & Time:
Nathrop base at 8:00 a.m.

In the upper right hand corner of this page, you can enter your location or a point that you know of and hit enter and google maps will open and show you a map to the meeting location and driving time.

By Plane:
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.

By Car:
Coming from Colorado Springs, take Hwy 24 west to US Hwy 285, south on US Hwy 285 to Nathrop. We are located 10 miles south of Buena Vista, Colorado on Hwy 285. Coming from the north, take US Hwy 285 to Nathrop.

Responsibility Waiver
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.

What to Bring
Please see our packing list.

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.

We recommend 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
Location No. 06-0520

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