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Looking for the best places to Raft in and around Buena Vista? Below are some great routes, trips and resources to help you Raft in and around Buena Vista.

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Colorado is a paddling mecca. From beautiful mountain lakes to steep world class whitewater, Colorado has it all. Hot, dry summers combined with snowy cold winters provide the plentiful water in this mountain state.

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Buena Vista

Arkansas River - The Numbers is Colorado fun. One of the best Class 4 runs in Colorado. Low flows squirt and splat your way down in a Loki or RPM. Med Flows get in the creek boat and boof your way to the take out. High water get in your play boat and take flight and send it over every pour over to the take out . I have not been on it yet where there was to much water.
Arkansas - This is a fairly continuous section of the Arkansas River directly below the "Numbers" section. It's similar in nature but a bit easier. The most challenging part of the run is at the beginning, sometimes referred to as the "Miracle Mile". At high water (above 2000 cfs) it can be very continuous and pushy with few eddies but never really goes beyond a class III+ rating. After this section, the difficulty eases up a bit. There are warning signs for a sieve at Frog Rock rapid about half way through the run telling you to stay left. Over the years, there have been some deaths at this rapid from swimmers who got pushed to the right side, however the line through the rapid is very clear and not particularly difficult. Scout from river left if necessary but very few paddlers scout it because of the clean line.