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Colorado whitewater, Arkansas River

Chaffee county, Granite to Numbers Launch Site section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V     6 miles
  The put-in location is a short drive from Silverthorne, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This section of Arkansas River is 6 miles long and is a class IV-V section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, there are lots of good rivers for that around here. This
    river system is full of great paddling sections, the Granite to Numbers Launch Site section is just one of them. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Colorado is often tougher than elsewhere, so if you're not from around here
don't forget that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. This is a pretty decent length section, it's good length for a morning trip. Getting a good workout and just being out on the river for a while will have you coming back for more. There are plenty of hotels here if you want to spend a night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. The beautiful scenery of Chaffee County and the playfulness  
of the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle.

Briefly about the general area:
If you're visiting Arkansas River from Silverthorne, you won't be the only one. Why not take a refreshing hike along the Wheeler Dillion Trail, and the slopes of Copper Mountain are so inviting nobody can resist. This is such a great river. Ptarmigan Pass is a nice site to stop by close by, and Arkansas River is right by the Wheeler Trail. Arkansas River gets very little rain. The month with most of the rain is July, and the driest month of the year is February. At Arkansas River throughout the summertime months highs are in the 70's.

Arkansas River, Granite to Numbers Launch Site road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Arkansas River.
 Whitewater Near Arkansas River:
Whitewater Outfitter - Nova Guides, Eagle County, 8 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Gore Creek, Eagle County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9.2 miles long (East Vail Exit (I-70) to Eagle River)
Tenmile Creek, -blank- County, 10 miles away
      Class III-V - 4.2 miles long (Close to Copper Mountain Ski Area to Dillon Reservoir)
Whitewater Outfitter - Highside Adventure Tours, Summit County, 10 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Eagle River, Eagle County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 4 miles long (Redcliff to Tigiwan Rd)
Homestake Creek, Eagle County, 10 miles away
      Class V - 0.25 miles long (1/4 mile above confluence with Eagle River)
Whitewater Outfitter - A B Ski Rentals, Summit County, 11 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Good Times Rafting, Summit County, 13 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Arkansas Valley Adventures, Summit County, 13 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Cross Creek, Eagle County, 13 miles away
      Class V+ - -blank- miles long (Cross Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Arkansas River:
Copper Mountain, Colorado , 6 miles away, 2601 foot drop, 23 lifts, 125 runs
Ski Cooper, Colorado , 9 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Breckenridge, Colorado , 12 miles away, 3398 foot drop, 27 lifts, 146 runs
Vail, Colorado , 13 miles away, 3450 foot drop, 31 lifts, 193 runs
Keystone, Colorado , 20 miles away, 3128 foot drop, 20 lifts, 135 runs
Beaver Creek, Colorado , 21 miles away, 3340 foot drop, 25 lifts, 149 runs
Loveland, Colorado , 25 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Arapahoe Basin, Colorado , 26 miles away, 2270 foot drop, 7 lifts, 105 runs
SolVista Basin, Colorado , 37 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 6 lifts, 37 runs
Winter Park, Colorado , 38 miles away, 3060 foot drop, 26 lifts, 145 runs
 Marinas Near Arkansas River:
Frisco Bay Marina, Frisco , 11 miles away
Dillon Marina, Dillon , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near Arkansas River:
Copper Mountain Resort, Copper Mountain , 5 miles away
Lodge Tower Resort, Vail , 6 miles away
Beaver Run Resort And Conference Center, Breckenridge , 6 miles away
Frisco Lodge Bed And Breakfast, Frisco , 10 miles away
Hotel Frisco, Frisco , 10 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Arkansas River:
Vail Pass Sno-Park, Frisco, 2 miles away
Black Lakes Campground, Eagle County, 3 miles away
Chalk Lake - Pike National Forest, Pueblo, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Arkansas River:
Wheeler Dillion Trail, Summit , 7 miles away
Wheeler Trail, Summit , 7 miles away
Miners Creek Trail, Summit , 8 miles away
Deluge Lake Trail, Eagle , 8 miles away
Two Elk Trail, Eagle , 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Arkansas River:
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, Gunnison - CO , 62 miles away
Curecanti National Recreation Area, Gunnison - CO , 62 miles away
Arapaho National Forest, Colorado , 20 miles away
White River National Forest, Colorado , 25 miles away
Sylvan State Park, Colorado , 35 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Arkansas River:
Vail Golf Club, Vail , 12 miles away
Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks, Silverthorne , 13 miles away
Breckenridge Golf Club, Breckenridge , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Arkansas River
Tenmile Tailings Pond, Summit , 5 miles away
Buffehr Lake, Summit , 6 miles away
Gore Lake, Eagle , 8 miles away

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