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Numbers Extreme Whitewater Rafting provided by Wilderness Aware Rafting

Numbers Extreme Whitewater Rafting

Numbers Extreme Whitewater Rafting
4.5
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92% of travelers recommend this experience
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
6h
Group size:
10
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Extreme Colorado white water rafting on the Arkansas River in Buena Vista is for experienced rafters or adventurous beginners in good physical condition. The Numbers sections offers some of the most technical white water rafting in Colorado. Be prepared for a full body workout as your professional river guide directs your group through each back to back rapid. Enjoy scenic views of the 14,000 foot Collegiate Peaks and cottonwood lined riverbanks between paddle strokes
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 2588P7
Important information
Inclusions
  • National Park fees
  • Lunch on full-day trips only
  • Transportation to and from the river
  • Professional river guide
  • Use of helmet, personal flotation devices and necessary river equipment
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • High water/ cool weather river gear (wetsuits which are required over 1,000 cfs, splash jackets, and river shoes)
Duration
6h
Departure details
  • 12600 US Hwy 24/285, Buena Vista, CO 81211, USA Located in central Colorado, just 2 miles south of Buena Vista in the small, unincorporated town of Johnson Village - on the east side of the Arkansas River. Our location is near most major resort towns including Keystone, Vail and Breckenridge, and 2.5 hours from Denver.
Additional information
  • Minimum age is 14 years (increases at high water during late May and early June)
  • Section may close during high water (late May through early June)
  • Vegetarian and gluten free options available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • A minimum of 4 people per booking is required
  • Not available for pregnant women
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Inclusions
  • National Park fees
  • Lunch on full-day trips only
  • Transportation to and from the river
  • Professional river guide
  • Use of helmet, personal flotation devices and necessary river equipment
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • High water/ cool weather river gear (wetsuits which are required over 1,000 cfs, splash jackets, and river shoes)
Departure details
  • 12600 US Hwy 24/285, Buena Vista, CO 81211, USA Located in central Colorado, just 2 miles south of Buena Vista in the small, unincorporated town of Johnson Village - on the east side of the Arkansas River. Our location is near most major resort towns including Keystone, Vail and Breckenridge, and 2.5 hours from Denver.
Duration
6h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Minimum age is 14 years (increases at high water during late May and early June)
  • Section may close during high water (late May through early June)
  • Vegetarian and gluten free options available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • A minimum of 4 people per booking is required
  • Not available for pregnant women
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Itinerary
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    12600 US Hwy 24/285
    12600 US Hwy 24/285, Buena Vista, CO 81211, USA
    Located in central Colorado, just 2 miles south of Buena Vista in the small, unincorporated town of Johnson Village - on the east side of the Arkansas River. Our location is near most major resort towns including Keystone, Vail and Breckenridge, and 2.5 hours from Denver.
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    Wilderness Aware Rafting
    Stop: 60 minutes
    Meet at our riverside headquarters located just 2 miles South of Buena Vista, Colorado 30-45 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time. Upon arrival our helpful staff will direct you on how to prepare for the day and will make recommendations about rental gear (wetsuits, splash jackets and river shoes) based on weather/ water conditions. After getting changed into your river clothes and receiving a comprehensive safety orientation, we will transport you about 15 minutes to the river put-in location. After paddling through 6 miles of the heart pumping rapids of the Numbers section you will either end your half-day trip and return to our office, or if you are doing the full-day trip you will enjoy a riverside lunch. The full-day trip then continues into the technical class III-IV Narrows section and ends at our office take-out. Don't forget to view your photos before saying good bye to your guide!
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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RMB
West Des Moines, IA4 contributions
Jul 2021
Even though I've kayaked before, Gomez knew I was really nervous about rafting Numbers, to the point I was considering not going in the afternoon, but he did a great job of explaining everything thoroughly while we were on Brown in the morning. He was a wealth of information in many regards which totally eliminated all my fears. I knew I was in good hands! Then when we were on Numbers, again, he was explaining every detail as we went along so we knew what to expect with every rapid. As it turned out, I started to slip out of the raft on one of the rapids, but Gomez was on it and he immediately pulled me in! I didn't even get wet! It was a blast and I was REALLY happy I'd stayed on for Numbers. It was an excellent, fun-filled experience I'll never forget!! My son and I will definitely go back.
Written July 31, 2021
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Dan L
Overland Park, KS3 contributions
Jul 2021
Group went on 1/2 day Numbers trip on July 2nd and the entire experience was fantastic. Staff was helpful and friendly and our guide, Michael, really added to our experience with insights, stories and most importantly, expertise. The Numbers is exciting set of rapids and is fast-paced. Great overall trip and experience.
Written July 4, 2021
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Brett
Birmingham, AL1 contribution
Jul 2021
You'll find many rafting companies in the area and we chose Wilderness Aware. And I'm sooo glad we did. We've rafted in other parts of the country and this was by far the cleanest and nicest one we've ever experienced. The restroom/changing room was extremely clean and spacious. They're well organized so you're never in doubt about each step leading up to getting on the water. The gear, from the helmets to the rafts, are in nice shape and not past it's useful life. I can't say enough great things about our river guide Wes C. He's everything you expect and hope your river guide to be. Awesome at navigating the river through the rapids, funny, knowledgeable about the river and the area, and best of all, we never doubted he would get us down the river safely. You can't ask for anything more in a guide.
Written July 25, 2021
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Gina R
Colorado16 contributions
Jul 2021
Let me start by saying we have used this company every year for past 10 years and always had a great time so I considered this was maybe a fluke and I waited weeks before deciding to write this review...but it's still bothering me. We did half day Numbers (me, my husband, 17 yo daughter and her 17 yo boyfriend). We had another Father and his adult son with us. The 17 yo's chose to sit up front and our guide (his name was "Dude") said that the people up front needed to be good paddlers. We got stuck on at least 2-3 rocks (one for almost 15 min) that we probably shouldn't have even hit. It felt like his steering/planning wasn't great. "Dude" pulled us over to yell at the kids and even cussed at them using the F word. I'm not offended by the F word in general but don't cuss at my kid using it. It was totally unprofessional. After the 2nd rock we were stuck on, I asked if we should maybe switch them out since CLEARLY he was pissed at them and he snapped at me with a "NO!" At this point everyone in the boat was uncomfortable. If you really want the stronger people in the front then why wouldn't we switch...and at that point the kids just wanted to get out and go home anyway. The other crappy thing about the "half" day was that we had to be there by 830a, didn't leave for the water until 915 and the numbers is so fast it was only 90 min at most on the water. Not their fault but don't bother with a half day...go for the full day. Also, at the end when we pulled over to get out, there was a Father and his 2 young sons fly fishing by the beach and our guide basically rammed into one of the kids trying to get to the beach without even asking them to move over or saying excuse me. That Dad was pissed. I will admit that my daughter's boyfriend had never rafted before and maybe got confused a few times early on but he's a 17 yo football player who is strong and figured it out quickly. If you're going to expect more from your paddler's then don't let them sit up front, and maybe increase the min age to 18. I guarantee my kids did better than any 14 yo's who are allowed on this trip but maybe they get cussed at too. We just all felt like he got us stuck on the rocks, then couldn't figure out how to get us UNstuck, and then got mad at us for it. The rest of the staff there were AWESOME and friendly and we've always had great guides before but we'll probably go with another company next time.
Written July 27, 2021
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Wander19020378284
Gina, Thank you for the review. The Numbers section is for advanced paddlers and demands aggressive paddling. While your opinion is understandable from your perspective, the safety of your group and the others on the raft was paramount. The teenage paddlers were not following instructions and quit paddling several times which resulted in the incidents you mentioned. The guide navigated you and your family safely with no incidents other than getting stuck. We are sorry you didn't enjoy this trip and we do take pride in delivering a high quality product. We appreciate that you had been rafting with us before and hope you will give us another opportunity in the future.
Written July 29, 2021
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Sabrina S
New York City, NY44 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
The guide, Justin, really made this trip not enjoyable. We sat in the back. You would think after many raft trips he would know not to tie up a big duffle bag such that my leg was squished forward and hurt such that I could not paddle properly. When I told him it was uncomfortable, he got an attitude, angrily saying, I will fix it. Well, after he fixed it, it moved again. Again, he got angry. Finally, he moved the bag close to him so I had range of motion. He was loud. He talked too much. It detracted from the whole experience. This is our fourth rafting trip in Colorado. We so recommend Performance Tours, Glenwood Springs, and Echo Canyon. It is a shame that Echo Canyon sent us to this company.
Written June 30, 2021
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Wander19020378284
Sabrina, thank you for your review and we value your feedback. Our company takes pride in the quality of our trips, guides and service to our customers. We have dozens of five-star reviews over the past two-years. It is unfortunate that you didn't click with your guide. The Numbers section is for advanced rafters and is a high-intensity experience with little opportunity to stop and re-adjust equipment. Your safety and the safety of the others on your raft was our highest priority. Based upon our other reviews, your experience was clearly an anomaly. We do offer trips on seven different rivers in Colorado, Arizona and Utah and would be eager to have an opportunity to change your opinion and for you to see why we were ranked in 2020 as a top 10 rafting company in the country.
Written July 1, 2021
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chad k
2 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
Our guide Justin was amazing and very knowledgeable. We rafted browns canyon in the morning followed by the numbers in the afternoon. I highly recommend this outfit as they are family oriented and know how to keep teenagers smiling the entire day! We will be back next year no doubt.
Written July 31, 2020
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David R
14 contributions
Jun 2021
The Numbers is a great way to experience challenging white-water but it isn't as scary as the Royal Gorge trip. The water was flowing about 1,400 cfs and it was a ton of fun. Wilderness Aware is the best outfitter on the Arkansas River - I've rafted with them now for 29 years on every section of the Arkansas River several times. Their guides are excellent and their attention to customer safety is what sets them apart from other companies.
Written June 15, 2021
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Jerry K
Louisville, KY15 contributions
We are a group of seven (Scout Troop) and Wes was our guide for the canyon and Numbers, a full day of rafting. Wes was our “River Coach” who taught us to row like a team, focus on the rapids and enjoy the moment. We even took his recommendation for dinner, which was also excellent. The boys haven’t stopped talking about their time on the Arkansas River - Thanks Wes!
Written July 4, 2020
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Bev&Don
Denver, Colorado3 contributions
Jul 2021
I booked the Browns/Numbers trip two weeks earlier on my way to Salida. I was so impressed by the staff (as well as the reviews), I decided that this was the group I wanted to raft with. Connor was our guide July 2 for the full day trip. Neither Connor nor the adventure let us down. In comparison, Browns was quite a bit more tame than Numbers, but it was a great way to start the day. Connor's comfort with the river, his engaging smile, and great personality just added to the great adventure going through those crazy rapids on Numbers. We ended up soaking wet, but were smiling ear to ear the entire day. THANK YOU!. Can't wait to raft with you again next year.
Written July 5, 2021
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tot98
Oklahoma City, OK8 contributions
Numbers full day with a private guide did not disappoint. It was such a fun, exciting, and challenging adventure for the family that will go down as one of our favorite days ever together. Wilderness Aware is a fantastic company. The staff is professional and well organized. I highly recommend.
Written July 25, 2020
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A most excellent day on the Ark.
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Unforgettable fun
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Excellent
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A great family adventure!
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Best whitewater rafting experience!
I’m 65 and my grandson is 9 this was an awesome experience for us both! The rapids were awesome and so much fun. Em
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Full Day for our Family of Six on the Arkansas River
Jake and Danny did a GREAT job today with our family of 6 on the Arkansas River out of Buena Vista, CO. Everything
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