Class II – Class V
The Arkansas River Valley contains more stretches of whitewater – and hence more paddlers – than any other river in Colorado. Beginning with the upper reaches of the drainage, the Granite and Pine Creek sections offer paddlers a scenic Class III+ float finished up with one mile of hard-hitting Class V action. Following the legendary Pine Creek and Triple Drop rapids, the Numbers remains one of the quintessential Class V days stretches on Earth. The Frog Rock (a.k.a. Narrows or Milk Run) section is a classic mild stretch that leads into the town of Buena Vista’s kayak park. Downstream, the most popular stretch of river in the state, Browns Canyon, offers paddlers an awesome introduction to scenic Class III whitewater. Beyond Browns, the Class III Parkdale stretch flows into the spectacular Royal Gorge, a thousand foot sheer-walled Class III-IV canyon. With more than sixty miles of whitewater available, the Arkansas River has options for every paddler.
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