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Colorado whitewater, Arkansas River

Chaffee county, Numbers Launch to Railroad Bridge Launch section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV     5 miles
  The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Silverthorne, as you can see on the road map further down. The Numbers Launch to Railroad Bridge Launch stretch of Arkansas River in Colorado is 5 miles long and it is classified as a class IV section by American Whitewater. The Numbers Launch to Railroad Bridge Launch stretch is one of many paddling stretches in this river system. The scenic beauty of Chaffee County and the water flowing gracefully
    down Arkansas River make the trip here worthwhile. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, you can easily run it on an afternoon. Since you're on this site
you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of places for that. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more demanding, so keep in mind that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just hanging out with mother nature have a lot of people coming here.

Briefly about the general area:
Take a hike on the Wheeler Trail; you'll meet a lot of folks from Frisco here. Hiking along the Miners Creek Trail is wonderful fun; hey, Gotta ski right? Copper Mountain is a wonderful site to do that. This river has it all. A tour to Rose Gulch is always fun. Throughout the months of summer, highs usually are in the 70's at Arkansas River. Through the moonlight hours it's usually in the 40's. The cold days of the winter come with highs in the 20's, and after the sun is down through the wintertime temperatures at Arkansas River descend into the 0's. It is very dried up here at Arkansas River mostly.

Arkansas River, Numbers Launch to Railroad Bridge Launch 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:
Tenmile Creek, -blank- County, 9 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
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Whitewater Outfitter - Nova Guides, Eagle County, 10 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - A B Ski Rentals, Summit County, 10 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Arkansas Valley Adventures, Summit County, 10 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Good Times Rafting, Summit County, 10 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Gore Creek, Eagle County, 13 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9.2 miles long (East Vail Exit (I-70) to Eagle River)
Arkansas River, Lake/ Chaffee County, 13 miles away
      Class I-II - 18 miles long (Leadville to Granite)
Eagle River, Eagle County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 4 miles long (Redcliff to Tigiwan Rd)
Homestake Creek, Eagle County, 13 miles away
      Class V - 0.25 miles long (1/4 mile above confluence with Eagle River)
 Ski Areas Near Arkansas River:
Copper Mountain, Colorado , 5 miles away, 2601 foot drop, 23 lifts, 125 runs
Ski Cooper, Colorado , 9 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Breckenridge, Colorado , 10 miles away, 3398 foot drop, 27 lifts, 146 runs
Vail, Colorado , 16 miles away, 3450 foot drop, 31 lifts, 193 runs
Keystone, Colorado , 18 miles away, 3128 foot drop, 20 lifts, 135 runs
Loveland, Colorado , 24 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Beaver Creek, Colorado , 24 miles away, 3340 foot drop, 25 lifts, 149 runs
Arapahoe Basin, Colorado , 25 miles away, 2270 foot drop, 7 lifts, 105 runs
Winter Park, Colorado , 38 miles away, 3060 foot drop, 26 lifts, 145 runs
SolVista Basin, Colorado , 38 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 6 lifts, 37 runs
 Marinas Near Arkansas River:
Frisco Bay Marina, Frisco , 10 miles away
Dillon Marina, Dillon , 14 miles away
 Hotels Near Arkansas River:
Lodge Tower Resort, Vail , 4 miles away
Copper Mountain Resort, Copper Mountain , 4 miles away
Beaver Run Resort And Conference Center, Breckenridge , 5 miles away
Crystal Peak Lodge, Breckenridge , 9 miles away
One Ski Hill A Rock Resort, Breckenridge , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Arkansas River:
Chalk Lake - Pike National Forest, Pueblo, 4 miles away
Vail Pass Sno-Park, Frisco, 5 miles away
Black Lakes Campground, Eagle County, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Arkansas River:
Wheeler Trail, Summit , 5 miles away
Miners Creek Trail, Summit , 6 miles away
Wheeler Dillion Trail, Summit , 8 miles away
Wheeler Trail, Summit , 9 miles away
Burro Trail, Summit , 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near Arkansas River:
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, Gunnison - CO , 61 miles away
Curecanti National Recreation Area, Gunnison - CO , 61 miles away
Arapaho National Forest, Colorado , 21 miles away
White River National Forest, Colorado , 28 miles away
Sylvan State Park, Colorado , 37 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Arkansas River:
Breckenridge Golf Club, Breckenridge , 12 miles away
Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks, Silverthorne , 14 miles away
Keystone Ranch Golf Course, Dillon , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Arkansas River
Tenmile Tailings Pond, Summit , 2 miles away
Buffehr Lake, Summit , 4 miles away
Montgomery Reservoir, Park , 10 miles away

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