River Runners, a Colorado whitewater rafting company, has announced that it is now booking class V rafting trips on the Pine Creek section of the Arkansas River.
The Arkansas River is running at ideal flows for Pine Creek, which is the steepest section of the river with a max gradient of 200 feet per mile (fpm), according to Travis Hochard, operations manager, River Runners. The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area issues a recommended closure for Pine Creek at 1,250 (cfs) and the place is running just below 900 (cfs) most days.
This class V Colorado rafting trip starts in Granite Gorge, about 20 miles north of Buena Vista, Colo., and ends with a continuous class IV run through the Numbers after a catered riverside lunch.
Participants must have previous class IV rafting experience, be a strong swimmer, at least 18 years old, and be in good physical condition for this class V rafting trip. At least four people are needed to book, so reservations must be made at least one day in advance.
The Pine Creek section of the Arkansas River is rated class V and has an average gradient of 58 (fpm), with a maximum gradient of 200 (fpm).
River Runners is offering 10 percent off all Arkansas River rafting trips booked. Visitors can choose from beginner, intermediate and advanced whitewater on half day, full day and overnight rafting trips on the Arkansas River.