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
Arkansas River At Salida
USGS 07091500
352 cfs 2.8 ft
Williams Fork Near Leal
USGS 09036000
18 cfs 1.4 ft
Blue River At Blue River
USGS 09046490
4 cfs 0.4 ft
Fryingpan River Near Ruedi
USGS 09080400
45 cfs 1.0 ft
Taylor River At Taylor Park
USGS 09107000
31 cfs 1.3 ft
Ranch Creek Blw Meadow Cr Nr Tabernash Co
USGS 09033100
17 cfs 6.9 ft
Fraser River At Upper Sta
USGS 09022000
2 cfs 0.5 ft
Williams Fork Above Darling Creek
USGS 09035700
14 cfs 4.7 ft
Eagle R Bl Wastewater Treatment Plant At Avon
USGS 09067020
66 cfs 2.6 ft
Fraser River At Winter Park
USGS 09024000
4 cfs 0.6 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
19.16" 1"
bonanza 6.6 s, co
SNOTEL CO-SA-61
0.1" -0.23"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
40" 5"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
39" 3"
Upper Taylor
SNOTEL 1141
40" 5"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
28" 3"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
43" 2"
crestone,co
SNOTEL CSTC2
0.11" 0"
steamboat springs 0.7 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-53
24.45" 0.85"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
25.87" 0.89"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
38" 2"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
32" 4"
south platte river
SNOTEL ANTC2
0.21" 0"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
41" 4"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
18.64" 0.25"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
48" 2"
Bear Lake
SNOTEL 322
38" 3"
Middle Fork Camp
SNOTEL 1014
25" 1"
vail 2.6 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-19
23.25" 0.75"
dillon 2.3 se, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-16
16.37" 0.29"
frisco 0.5 n, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-4
18.46" 0.28"
grant
SNOTEL GRTC2
2.46" 0.06"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
32" 0"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
35" 3"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
30" 1"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
37" 3"
nathrop 3.3 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CF-19
0.3" 0"
Nast Lake
SNOTEL 658
25" 1"
wolcott 2.3 n, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-8
17.47" -0.14"
nathrop 1.9 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CF-54
0.2" 0"
Upper San Juan
SNOTEL 840
56" -1"
Hourglass Lake
SNOTEL 1122
30" 4"
Wolf Creek Summit
SNOTEL 874
73" 2"
pitkin 1.1 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-59
21.85" -0.25"
Summit Ranch
SNOTEL 802
25" 2"
High Lonesome
SNOTEL 1187
50" 2"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
30" 1"
Sargents Mesa
SNOTEL 1128
19" 5"
dillon,co
SNOTEL DLLC2
12.5" 0.36"
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
25.47" 0.25"
Grayback
SNOTEL 1058
3" -1"
georgetown
SNOTEL GEOC2
3.7" 0.73"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
41" 0"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
11" 5"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
54" 1"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
88" 3"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
26" 1"
cabin creek
SNOTEL GCRC2
12.95" 1.67"
Moon Pass
SNOTEL 1124
7" 3"
Columbine
SNOTEL 408
49" 0"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
9" 3"
Lynx Pass
SNOTEL 607
23" 1"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
38" 0"
Lily Pond
SNOTEL 580
29" 2"
Zirkel
SNOTEL 1033
55" 0"
Dry Lake
SNOTEL 457
46" 1"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
20.08" 0.08"
Lost Dog
SNOTEL 940
52" 2"
buena vista,co
SNOTEL BNVC2
0.91" 0"
Porphyry Creek
SNOTEL 701
43" 6"
fairplay 2.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-15
7.63" 0.95"
crestone 5.3 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-SA-66
0.12" 0"
Rough And Tumble
SNOTEL 939
12" 6"
Copper Mountain
SNOTEL 415
36" 0"
silverthorne 21 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-35
15.49" 0.11"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
39" 5"
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
44" 4"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Molly Brown 49 9,897 ft
Dexter 24 9,271 ft
Belle of Colorado 19 9,924 ft
Kite Lake 5 12,043 ft
Cascade 22 9,033 ft
Chalk Lake 19 8,743 ft
North Fork Reservoir 9 11,459 ft
Collegiate Peaks 56 9,837 ft
Tabor 44 9,897 ft
Iron City 15 9,928 ft
Angel of Shavano 20 9,147 ft
Camp Hale Memorial 21 9,318 ft
Silver Dollar 43 9,905 ft
Horseshoe 19 10,538 ft
Garfield 8 9,912 ft
Cottonwood Lake 24 9,586 ft
Matchless 17 9,903 ft
Mount Princeton 19 8,618 ft
Weston Pass 14 10,277 ft
Fourmile 14 10,824 ft
Father Dyer 26 9,953 ft
Railroad Bridge - Arkansas Headwaters State Rec Area None 8,039 ft
Baby Doe 50 9,913 ft
Monarch Park 37 10,478 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Copper Mountain Resort 36" 28° 1.32"
Ski Cooper 1" 19° 1.33"
Vail 37" 25° 1.54"
Breckenridge Ski Resort 36" 28° 1.32"
Keystone Resort 8" 22° 2.44"
Beaver Creek Resort 30" 32° 1.29"
Loveland 43" 18° 1.92"
Monarch Ski & Snowboard Area 43" 19° 0.28"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Salida Town Run (Stone Bridge to Salida WW Park) 148.0cfs 12.0 Mi II to III
Salida to Rincon 148.0cfs 10.0 Mi II+ to III
Dowd Chute 53.0cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Upper Gore Creek 15.7cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 148.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
The Upper 121.0cfs 8.0 Mi V to V+
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 148.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Silverthorne Town Run 24.8cfs 0.5 Mi II to III-
Browns Canyon (Fisherman's Bridge to Stone Bridge) 148.0cfs 13.0 Mi III to IV-
Lower Ten Mile 31.9cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Milk Run 148.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-
Fractions 148.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Lower (Bottom Four) 121.0cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Middle Ten Mile 31.9cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Lower Snake 24.4cfs 4.0 Mi III to III+
Salida Whitewater Park 148.0cfs None Mi III- to III+
Upper Blue (Blue River CG to Columbine Landing) 228.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
Numbers 148.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Upper Gore Creek 15.7cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Upper Ten Mile 31.9cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 12.9cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
Breckenridge Whitewater Park (Town Run) 81.4cfs 0.25 Mi II+ to III
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 31.9cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-