Pine Creek / The Gauntlet Rafting Trips

Family Rafting

Conquering the Arkansas’ Pine Creek

Pine Creek is the steepest, most technical, and most continuous section that Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting runs on the entire Arkansas River! Our Pine Creek rafting trips launch in the tiny town of Granite, which is only an hour and ten minutes from Breckenridge.

A few miles of Class III-IV will get you warmed up for the spectacular crux of the mile-long, Class V run, Pine Creek. The river narrows to half its width and drops 200 feet over the course of one rapid! This Class V is followed immediately by another pulsing, complex Class V called Triple Drop! For the best day of whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River, choose the full-day Gauntlet Rafting Trip. This trip pairs the famous Pine Creek with the classic Class IV Numbers rafting trip. One of the greatest days of whitewater in the world!

The full day also includes our hot fajita lunch. This Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting trip demands good physical condition and a minimum age of 15 years. Now offering delicious breakfast, lunch & dinner options as an add-on to these trips!

Browse our Pine Creek/Gauntlet trips below or give us a call and talk to one of our reservation specialists who can help find the perfect trip for you.

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3 Day Mild to Wild

Venture deep into the Colorado Rocky Mountains for 3 days and 2 nights filled with unbelievable experiences. Push your limits with incredible whitewater rafting through some of the most popular rafting sections in the country! Then, test your boundaries rock climbing up beautiful shear cliffs with amazing canyon views. With this ultimate whitewater rafting trip you’ll also get to try your hand at rappelling, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding in some of the most impressive remote mountains of Colorado. Bring your fishing rod and license along to take part in some gold medal fishing as well.

Aside from a sleeping bag, everything else you need will be taken care of by our expert rafting guides who will also play the role of fine dining chefs, entertainment, and campfire-starting extraordinaires. Our expert guides take more guests down these river sections than any other company in Colorado, so take it easy and have fun!

With so much going on, don’t forget to relax and enjoy the remarkably beautiful landscape. In the Arkansas Valley you’ll have panoramic views of the Collegiate Peaks and the opportunity to see fascinating wildlife like Big Horn sheep and elk. Listen closely for the sounds of screeching hawks and trout surfacing as you float by.


  • LOCATION: Buena Vista, CO
  • ACTIVITIES: White Water Rafting, Rock Climbing, Overnight & Multiday Rafting
  • DURATION: Overnight Multiday
  • DIFFICULTY: Level 6
  • MINIMUM AGE: 15 years old
  • PRICE: Starting at $709 per person
A group of rafters splash into whitewater while another raft follows closely behind

The Gauntlet

If you’re looking for the ultimate whitewater rafting experience in Colorado then look no further. The Numbers and Pine Creek sections of the Arkansas River offer Class III-V rapids on approximately 12 miles of river. So you’d better bring your game face and some thrill-loving friends for this adventure. Not only will you be challenging relentless whitewater, but you will also be taking on steep drops and fast currents. You don’t have to worry though, we take more guests down these sections than any other company in Colorado. You’ll also be equipped with helmets, life jackets, wetsuits, and splash jackets at no extra charge.

First, you’ll speed down 7 different rapids in the Arkansas Valley as you make your way through the Numbers section. Then, you’ll hang out riverside for some hot fajitas and amazing views of the Collegiate Peaks. This is the perfect time to take in the sights and relax. Finally, you’ll ride into the Pine Creek section for more heart-pumping whitewater and the unbelievable scenery. Look out for local wildlife that loves to see rafters speed by.


  • LOCATION: Buena Vista, CO VIEW MAP
  • ACTIVITIES: White Water Rafting
  • DURATION: Full Day
  • DIFFICULTY: Level 6
  • MINIMUM AGE: 15 years old
  • PRICE: from $174 Ages 15+


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