Colorado’s diverse terrain and outdoor culture makes it a paradise for paddlers of all kinds. High mountain lakes and reservoirs offer flatwater paddling in the shadow of snowcapped peaks. There are stretches of river perfect for everyone: beginner sections for learning or teaching, quality Class 3 runs sure to thrill intermediates, and some of the steepest, most technical whitewater on earth. Paddling Colorado describes 30-40 trips in a remarkable variety of settings—from downtown Denver to the remote canyons of the Dolores River. Offering useful guidance on river access, hazards, and regulations, this guide shows the way to the best paddling opportunities in the state.
New in this edition:
• Stand-up paddleboarding
• Whitewater parks, steep creeks, races, and river festivals
• Winter paddling
Look inside to find:
• Detailed river descriptions
• Maps showing access points and river miles
• Level of difficulty, optimal flows, rapids, and other hazards
Kate Stepan teaches whitewater kayaking, rafting, swiftwater rescue, and wilderness first-aid/CPR at Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center, where she is part-owner and staff manager. She’s paddled in 20 states and seven countries. and now calls Buena Vista, Colorado, and the Arkansas River, home.