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
Clear Creek Abv West Fork Clear Creek Nr Empire Co
USGS 06715000
30 cfs 3.7 ft
Blue River At Blue River
USGS 09046490
12 cfs 0.7 ft
Snake River Near Montezuma
USGS 09047500
22 cfs 1.2 ft
Arkansas River Below Empire Gulch Near Malta
USGS 07083710
85 cfs 3.0 ft
Fryingpan River At Meredith
USGS 09080100
29 cfs 1.8 ft
Wurtz Ditch Near Tenneessee Pass
USGS 09062500
0 cfs -0.7 ft
Tenmile Creek Bl North Tenmile C
USGS 09050100
25 cfs 1.8 ft
Gore Creek At Upper Station
USGS 09065500
3 cfs 2.1 ft
Arkansas River Near Nathrop
USGS 07091200
233 cfs 3.6 ft
Fraser River At Winter Park
USGS 09024000
15 cfs 1.0 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
1" 0"
Willow Creek Pass
SNOTEL 869
1" 1"
Lake Irene
SNOTEL 565
1" 0"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
10" 0"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
1" 0"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
1" 0"
Lily Pond
SNOTEL 580
2" 1"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
1" 1"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
1" 0"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
1" 0"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
11" 0"
Grayback
SNOTEL 1058
1" -1"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
1" 1"
Wolf Creek Summit
SNOTEL 874
1" 1"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
1" 0"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
6" 0"
Stillwater Creek
SNOTEL 793
1" 1"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
1" 1"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Monarch Park 37 10,478 ft
Collegiate Peaks 56 9,837 ft
Angel of Shavano 20 9,147 ft
Fourmile 14 10,824 ft
Tabor 44 9,897 ft
Kite Lake 5 12,043 ft
Father Dyer 26 9,953 ft
Weston Pass 14 10,277 ft
Iron City 15 9,928 ft
Mount Princeton 19 8,618 ft
North Fork Reservoir 9 11,459 ft
Camp Hale Memorial 21 9,318 ft
Molly Brown 49 9,897 ft
Matchless 17 9,903 ft
Belle of Colorado 19 9,924 ft
Horseshoe 19 10,538 ft
Railroad Bridge - Arkansas Headwaters State Rec Area None 8,039 ft
Cascade 22 9,033 ft
Garfield 8 9,912 ft
Cottonwood Lake 24 9,586 ft
Baby Doe 50 9,913 ft
Chalk Lake 19 8,743 ft
Dexter 24 9,271 ft
Silver Dollar 43 9,905 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Copper Mountain Resort -1" 64° 0"
Vail 1" 63° 0"
Monarch Ski & Snowboard Area 0" 57° 0"
Ski Cooper 0" 58° 0"
Beaver Creek Resort 0" 71° 0"
Loveland 1" 51° 0"
Breckenridge Ski Resort -1" 64° 0"
Keystone Resort 1" 59° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Lower (Bottom Four) 16.3cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 11.0cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
Upper Blue (Blue River CG to Columbine Landing) 109.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 130.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Numbers 130.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Salida Town Run (Stone Bridge to Salida WW Park) 130.0cfs 12.0 Mi II to III
Lower Snake 21.9cfs 4.0 Mi III to III+
The Upper 16.3cfs 8.0 Mi V to V+
Milk Run 130.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-
Salida Whitewater Park 130.0cfs None Mi III- to III+
Upper Gore Creek 12.8cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Silverthorne Town Run 39.4cfs 0.5 Mi II to III-
Middle Ten Mile 25.4cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 25.4cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 130.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Upper Gore Creek 12.8cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Breckenridge Whitewater Park (Town Run) 103.0cfs 0.25 Mi II+ to III
Dowd Chute 50.4cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Upper Ten Mile 25.4cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Fractions 130.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Browns Canyon (Fisherman's Bridge to Stone Bridge) 130.0cfs 13.0 Mi III to IV-
Lower Ten Mile 25.4cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Salida to Rincon 130.0cfs 10.0 Mi II+ to III