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COLORADO & ROARING FORK RIVER RAFTING & KAYAKING

Floating, rafting and kayaking down the Colorado and Roaring Fork Rivers are bucket-list adventures, and are some of the most scenic rafting opportunities in the world. Launch your boat on the Colorado River from a variety of access points for a spectacular trip through the magnificent Glenwood Canyon. Or choose the Roaring Fork River  which presents river runners with a jumble of bumpy Class II and III whitewater. To float the lower section of the Roaring Fork River from Carbondale to Glenwood Springs, launch boats under the intersection of Highways 82 and 133 or go rafting and kayaking.

 

This section has great views of Mount Sopris and fun Class I to III rapids. Continue all the way to Two Rivers Park where there is a convenient boat ramp at the confluence of the Roaring Fork and Colorado Rivers, or consider continuing on the Colorado River through South Canyon towards New Castle. Roaring Fork River rafting and kayaking options are top notch!

 

Experience Colorado River rafting and kayaking at its best in Glenwood Springs!

COLORADO RIVER ACCESS POINTS

Grizzly Creek Rest Area

This is one of the most popular places for rafters, kayakers, and fishing dories to access the Colorado River. The five mile stretch from Grizzly Creek to Two Rivers Park is packed with bumpy Class II and III rapids. Plan for anywhere from a couple of hours to a half-day, depending on river flows.

Shoshone

About 1.5 miles east of Grizzly is Shoshone, a favorite spot for commercial rafting companies and intermediate to strong paddles. This section of the river is class III for commercial rafting and is cut off to commercial trips at 6000 cfs when it because class IV.

Bair Ranch

Further east in Glenwood Canyon, this rest area provides an informal boat launch. The river here is deep and wide, without significant rapids. It is ideally suited for paddling including canoeing and kayaking. Boaters must exit the river at the Hanging Lake take out, about a 2.5-hour ride downstream.

Two Rivers Park

This is the stopping point for many float trips. An easy to navigate boat ramp is located at river right just past where the Colorado and the Roaring Fork Rivers converge. However, rafters and kayakers looking to float west out of Glenwood Springs often use this launch for a calmer float through South Canyon.

Whitewater Activity Area

This man-made attraction on the Colorado River does not have a boat launch but is a favorite of kayakers.

ROARING FORK RIVER ACCESS POINTS

Roaring Fork River Access

To float the lower section of the Roaring Fork River from Carbondale to Glenwood Springs, launch boats, rafts and kayaks under the intersection of Highways 82 and 133. A second access point is located at the Ironbridge exit off of Highway 82, between Glenwood Springs and Carbondale.

This section has great views of Mount Sopris and fun Class I to III rapids. Continue all the way to Two Rivers Park where there is a convenient boat ramp at the confluence of the Roaring Fork and Colorado or consider continuing on the Colorado River through South Canyon towards New Castle. Roaring Fork River rafting and kayaking options are top notch!

MORE FISHING OPTIONS

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Visit Glenwood Springs

Reservations to hike Hanging Lake are released on a weekly basis every Tuesday at 8:00 am MDT. 

 Visit the Hanging Lake page HERE for more information and the booking portal.