Best Kayaking in Colorado

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Colorado, Vail

04 :40 hrs
11.3 mi
42.086914 ft

Pumphouse is a classic and popular section of the Colorado River. During the summer months you can expect large crowds. It offers a scenic paddle through a canyon that is accessible year round. There is fun and challenging whitewater found throughout, with nothing too extreme.


Colorado, Summit County

00 :18 hrs
0.7 mi
4.3637695 ft

When camped at Heaton Bay, boat can be shored very near your site. We are about 150 yards from our camp. Launch and store from small sand beaches. Today has been rainy and cloudy, with a few windows of sunshine. But the fishing has been fair. So worth having layers on. And rain gear. Great day on the lake for father's day!


Colorado, Lakewood

00 :37 hrs
1.9 mi
54.132446 ft

Clear Creek runs through a scenic canyon and into the town of Golden. It offers fun and exciting whitewater. The current is fast with the more difficult obstacles in the beginning. As the river wanders through Golden you will find man-made ledges that are good for surfing.


Colorado, Chaffee County

04 :15 hrs
11.6 mi
203.38013 ft

The Arkansas River is one of the best rivers to paddle in the state and probably the most crowded. The Fractions section is an excellent section of water that is perfect for advanced beginners or intermediates. You can expect mostly class II but possibly a few class III or even class IV rapids. There are boulders to maneuver around and choppy waves all throughout. Takeout is located at the Buena Vista Boat Ramp.


Colorado, Moffat County

07 :46 hrs
18.9 mi
83.51318 ft

The Green River is a popular and classic river that flows south out of the spectacular Wind River Mountain Range. Lodore Canyon cuts through a deep sandstone canyon that has very unique scenery in a remote area. It offers challenging paddling and makes a great multi-day trip. Some of the technical rapids include Upper Disaster Falls, Lower Disaster and Triple Falls which are all class III and then Hells Half Mile which is tricky and long without a good recovery pool. It can be a class IV during lower water levels. Takeout is Echo Park.


Colorado, Garfield County

00 :36 hrs
1.8 mi
46.722046 ft

Shoshone Canyon is a very short section but packed with excellent whitewater. You can expect crowds here as it is a very popular run. There is a variety of places to play with easy access and scouting. The well-known rapids are Wall, Bonehead, Tombstone, and Superstition. This section is often done in laps.


Colorado, Eagle County

06 :17 hrs
16.1 mi
177.66638 ft

Eagle River is a free-flowing tributary that flows into the Colorado River. This Lower section of the river offers several class II rapids with a few class III. The most challenging ones are Trestle Bridge, Interstate, and Dead Cow. This section is very popular with commercial outfitters during the summer months. Water levels can vary from run off, so be sure to check water conditions and levels.


Colorado, Delta County

05 :26 hrs
13.4 mi
89.13306 ft

Gunnison Gorge lies just below Black Canyon. This is a challenging and technical stretch of water throughout with the rapids beginning right below the put in. The canyon is steep and rugged with excellent scenery and opportunity to see wildlife. Expect large boulders and narrow rapids. There are good recovery pools found after most of the challenging rapids.


Colorado, San Miguel County

03 :58 hrs
10.6 mi
170.6377 ft

San Miguel River is a free-flowing river that is fed by snowmelt from the San Juan Mountains. It has a short paddling season and easy roadside access. This is a popular section and where commercial raft trips are run. The scenery is beautiful as the river wanders through a valley of steep hillsides and sandstone rocks. The whitewater is fun and easy wave trains.


Colorado, Montrose County

02 :04 hrs
5.3 mi
63.49048 ft

San Miguel River is a free-flowing river that is fed by snowmelt from the San Juan Mountains. It has a short paddling season and easy roadside access for scouting and shuttling. This short section is the end of Norwood Canyon and known as “the play run”. Sandstone shelves drop into the riverbed and create awesome surfing and playing waves.

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