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
Eagle River At Red Cliff
USGS 09063000
44 cfs 3.1 ft
Middle Creek Near Minturn
USGS 09066300
7 cfs 2.5 ft
Twin-Lakes Tunnel At E Portl
USGS 09073000
60 cfs 1.1 ft
Eagle River Near Minturn
USGS 09064600
138 cfs 3.6 ft
Clear Creek Near Lawson
USGS 06716500
287 cfs 3.9 ft
Saguache Creek Near Saguache
USGS 08227000
63 cfs 1.6 ft
Wurtz Ditch Near Tenneessee Pass
USGS 09062500
8 cfs 0.5 ft
Piney River Below Piney Lake
USGS 09058500
39 cfs 3.7 ft
Tarryall Creek At Upper Station
USGS 06696980
27 cfs 5.6 ft
Roaring Fork River Near Aspen
USGS 09073400
105 cfs 1.3 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Garfield 8 9,912 ft
Kite Lake 5 12,043 ft
Collegiate Peaks 56 9,837 ft
Tabor 44 9,897 ft
Mount Princeton 19 8,618 ft
Dexter 24 9,271 ft
Fourmile 14 10,824 ft
Monarch Park 37 10,478 ft
Camp Hale Memorial 21 9,318 ft
Molly Brown 49 9,897 ft
Baby Doe 50 9,913 ft
Weston Pass 14 10,277 ft
Silver Dollar 43 9,905 ft
Horseshoe 19 10,538 ft
Cascade 22 9,033 ft
Chalk Lake 19 8,743 ft
Matchless 17 9,903 ft
Railroad Bridge - Arkansas Headwaters State Rec Area None 8,039 ft
Father Dyer 26 9,953 ft
Cottonwood Lake 24 9,586 ft
Iron City 15 9,928 ft
Angel of Shavano 20 9,147 ft
North Fork Reservoir 9 11,459 ft
Belle of Colorado 19 9,924 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Vail 40" 65° 0"
Keystone Resort 36" 63° 0"
Monarch Ski & Snowboard Area 36" 58° 0"
Ski Cooper 29" 61° 0"
Beaver Creek Resort 37" 73° 0"
Breckenridge Ski Resort 48" 68° 0"
Copper Mountain Resort 48" 68° 0"
Loveland 57" 60° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Silverthorne Town Run 42.4cfs 0.5 Mi II to III-
Lower Snake 14.2cfs 4.0 Mi III to III+
Fractions 183.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Middle Ten Mile 60.5cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Dowd Chute 150.0cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Upper Gore Creek 56.9cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 730.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 12.9cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
Upper Blue (Blue River CG to Columbine Landing) 179.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
Breckenridge Whitewater Park (Town Run) 57.4cfs 0.25 Mi II+ to III
Browns Canyon (Fisherman's Bridge to Stone Bridge) 730.0cfs 13.0 Mi III to IV-
Salida Town Run (Stone Bridge to Salida WW Park) 183.0cfs 12.0 Mi II to III
The Upper 38.3cfs 8.0 Mi V to V+
Upper Gore Creek 56.9cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 183.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Lower Ten Mile 60.5cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Salida to Rincon 183.0cfs 10.0 Mi II+ to III
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 60.5cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Lower (Bottom Four) 38.3cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Milk Run 183.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-
Upper Ten Mile 60.5cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Numbers 183.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Salida Whitewater Park 183.0cfs None Mi III- to III+