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Arkansas River - colorado
Updated Aug. 21, 2019, 8:45 a.m.
III+ to IV+
Feet / Mile
Streamflow 363 cfs
Average 700 cfs
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Current Weather 81° Mostly Sunny
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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. Weather on the river today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 81. west southwest wind around 5 mph.

This run is accessible from 2 public boat access points along the Arkansas River.

Season Begins: March & Ends: October

Streamflow Conditions

The Numbers is currently runnable with streamflow levels at 363cfs, about -31% below the average runnable rate of 700cfs. Streamflow levels and subsequent run conditions for Numbers are sourced from the USGS streamflow gage located at Arkansas River Below Granite, Co.

Our recommended river levels for paddling this section of the Arkansas River are between a bare minimum of 200cfs and a high of 5000cfs. Paddlers can expect to come across 10 class III+ to IV+ obstacles as they float down this 5 mile stretch of the Arkansas River.

Whitewater Rapids

Obstacle Class Elevation
Number 1 Class IV- to IV+ Feet
Number 1 1/2 Class III+ to IV+ Feet
Number 2 Class III+ to IV+ Feet
Number 3 Class III+ to IV+ Feet
Top Number 4 Class III+ to IV+ Feet
Number 4 1/2 Class III+ to IV+ Feet
Number 5 Class IV- to IV+ Feet
Number 5 1/2 Class III+ to IV Feet
Number 6 Class IV to V Feet
Number 7 Class IV to V Feet

Weather Overview: 81° Today, Mostly Sunny

Over the course of the next 5 days, weather conditions on the river are expected to range between A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon. to a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. increasing clouds, with a high near 82. northwest wind around 5 mph becoming southwest in the morning. It doesn't look like there's any substantial snow forecasted this week with air temperatures ranging between 78° - 82°

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