Numbers


The Numbers is a classic stretch of class IV whitewater on the Arkansas River upstream of Buena Vista.  When the water is high and the sun is out, this is about as good as class IV boating gets in Colorado.  At low and medium flows expect to see a lot of kayakers and rafters playing their way down the river.  At higher flows, you may have the run all to yourself, even on a weekend.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Arkansas River are between a bare minimum of 200cfs and a high of 5,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 07087050, the Arkansas River Below Granite Remember only watercraft are permitted at Numbers.

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Whitewater Rapids

Obstacles on the river run
Number 1
Class IV- to IV+
Number 1 1/2
Class III+ to IV+
Number 2
Class III+ to IV+
Number 3
Class III+ to IV+
Top Number 4
Class III+ to IV+
Number 4 1/2
Class III+ to IV+
Number 5
Class IV- to IV+
Number 5 1/2
Class III+ to IV
Number 6
Class IV to V
Number 7
Class IV to V

Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Missouri Creek Near Gold Park
USGS 09063900
1 cfs 1.4 ft
Cotton Creek Near Mineral Hot Springs
USGS 08226700
6 cfs 3.0 ft
Black Gore Creek Near Minturn
USGS 09066000
4 cfs 2.7 ft
Lake Creek Above Twin Lakes Reservoir
USGS 07084500
36 cfs 2.3 ft
Ranch Creek Blw Meadow Cr Nr Tabernash Co
USGS 09033100
10 cfs 6.7 ft
Blue River At Blue River
USGS 09046490
9 cfs 0.6 ft
Taylor River Below Taylor Park Reservoir
USGS 09109000
89 cfs 3.5 ft
Columbine Ditch Near Fremont Pass
USGS 09061500
-999 cfs -3.5 ft
Arkansas River Below Granite
USGS 07087050
221 cfs 3.7 ft
Cabin Creek Near Fraser
USGS 09032100
2 cfs 1.7 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Lynx Pass
SNOTEL 607
14" 1"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
26" 0"
nathrop 1.9 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CF-54
1.28" -0.1"
Michigan Creek
SNOTEL 937
36" 0"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
39" 3"
grant
SNOTEL GRTC2
7.58" 2.98"
Grayback
SNOTEL 1058
8" 0"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
49" 4"
Bear Lake
SNOTEL 322
57" 8"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
46" 1"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
48" 4"
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
13.4" 0.36"
Wolf Creek Summit
SNOTEL 874
70" 0"
silverthorne 21 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-35
0.37" 0"
Moon Pass
SNOTEL 1124
15" 0"
Dry Lake
SNOTEL 457
31" 9"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
33" 2"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
0.36" 0"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
30" 1"
Upper San Juan
SNOTEL 840
56" 1"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
60" 5"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
40" 4"
Wild Basin
SNOTEL 1042
43" 0"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
20" 3"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
28" 1"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
91" 12"
south platte river
SNOTEL ANTC2
2.42" -0.32"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
24" 0"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
48" 2"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
59" 6"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
23" 6"
Upper Taylor
SNOTEL 1141
25" 0"
georgetown
SNOTEL GEOC2
4.14" 2.84"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
39" 6"
Hourglass Lake
SNOTEL 1122
41" 6"
Summit Ranch
SNOTEL 802
17" 2"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
49" 7"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
2.29" 2.25"
fairplay 2.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-15
26.53" 1.43"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
16.4" 0.01"
Rabbit Ears
SNOTEL 709
40" 8"
nathrop 3.3 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CF-19
1.31" -0.06"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
38" 4"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
33" -3"
Sargents Mesa
SNOTEL 1128
35" 0"
Willow Park
SNOTEL 870
58" 3"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
57" 6"
Buckskin Joe
SNOTEL 938
33" -1"
buena vista,co
SNOTEL BNVC2
1.88" -0.11"
cabin creek
SNOTEL GCRC2
20.91" 4.1"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
24" 3"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
36.92" 0.39"
Beaver Ck Village
SNOTEL 1041
17" 2"
Lily Pond
SNOTEL 580
23" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Baby Doe 50 9,913 ft
North Fork Reservoir 9 11,459 ft
Tabor 44 9,897 ft
Camp Hale Memorial 21 9,318 ft
Horseshoe 19 10,538 ft
Silver Dollar 43 9,905 ft
Matchless 17 9,903 ft
Dexter 24 9,271 ft
Iron City 15 9,928 ft
Angel of Shavano 20 9,147 ft
Kite Lake 5 12,043 ft
Mount Princeton 19 8,618 ft
Cottonwood Lake 24 9,586 ft
Cascade 22 9,033 ft
Garfield 8 9,912 ft
Chalk Lake 19 8,743 ft
Molly Brown 49 9,897 ft
Fourmile 14 10,824 ft
Father Dyer 26 9,953 ft
Railroad Bridge - Arkansas Headwaters State Rec Area None 8,039 ft
Weston Pass 14 10,277 ft
Monarch Park 37 10,478 ft
Belle of Colorado 19 9,924 ft
Collegiate Peaks 56 9,837 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Loveland 60" 18° 10.29"
Copper Mountain Resort 29" 34° 10.28"
Monarch Ski & Snowboard Area 32" 27° 8"
Vail 28" 31° 7.52"
Ski Cooper 33" 27° 10.52"
Breckenridge Ski Resort 29" 34° 10.28"
Keystone Resort 39" 27° 12.48"
Beaver Creek Resort 18" 42° 6.58"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 233.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Dowd Chute 65.5cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Milk Run 233.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 12.2cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
Silverthorne Town Run 37.5cfs 0.5 Mi II to III-
Lower (Bottom Four) 36.4cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
The Upper 16.9cfs 8.0 Mi V to V+
Lower Ten Mile 41.7cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Browns Canyon (Fisherman's Bridge to Stone Bridge) 221.0cfs 13.0 Mi III to IV-
Salida Town Run (Stone Bridge to Salida WW Park) 233.0cfs 12.0 Mi II to III
Upper Ten Mile 42.9cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Upper Gore Creek 57.6cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Salida Whitewater Park 233.0cfs None Mi III- to III+
Upper Gore Creek 57.6cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 42.9cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Lower Snake 9.91cfs 4.0 Mi III to III+
Salida to Rincon 233.0cfs 10.0 Mi II+ to III
Fractions 221.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Middle Ten Mile 42.9cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 221.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Upper Blue (Blue River CG to Columbine Landing) 246.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
Numbers 233.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Breckenridge Whitewater Park (Town Run) 55.7cfs 0.25 Mi II+ to III