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Opportunities to make a splash abound in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Known as “The Land of Water,” the town offers plenty of fun on the Colorado River, Roaring Fork River or other area waterways. From rafting and kayaking to floating and fishing, there is no wrong way to enjoy our water! For an exceptionally fun-soaked good time, give these other challenging river sports a try.


Surf’s up in Glenwood Springs, try standup paddle-boarding on the Colorado River. A challenging way to enjoy the beauty, stand up paddleboards (SUP) are an oversized surfboard coupled with a long outrigger-style paddle that originated in Hawaii. The Colorado River around Glenwood Springs has plenty of calm places to practice. Rent your gear or schedule a guided river paddleboard trip from a local outfitter. For visitors who want to take their skills to the next level, the Glenwood Springs Whitewater Activity Area offers new challenges to master and an audience of spectators. Paddle-boarding in Colorado in the experience of a lifetime!


Inflatable kayaks, also known as duckies, are ideal for one or two people. The ducky experience is more physically challenging than rafting, but that’s all part of the fun. Forgiving and easy to maneuver, duckies are ideal for recreating on Glenwood’s rivers. For those with an adventurous spirit, they can even be more fun than rafting because the person at the helm is in complete control of the boat.  They ride low in the water and are considered very stable, even as they pass through some of Glenwood’s splashiest rapids. Glenwood’s outfitters provide visitors with several ducky options, including renting the inflatable boats for self-guided trips or choosing a follow-the-leader guided tour. Rental companies will help visitors determine which rivers and what sections of the river are safe and suitable to run. Most companies also offer a shuttle service.


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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.