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Kayakers, stand up paddle boarders, and play boaters can show off and practice their skills at Glenwood’s White Water Activity area where a G-wave feature is the main attraction. The first whitewater feature built on any stretch of the Colorado River; Glenwood Springs Whitewater Activity Area has become a destination for paddling enthusiasts.

It’s most popular with users from May through September, but there is often action throughout the year. The site also features a terraced seating area that gives an unimpeded view of paddlers practicing or performing tricks. The area gleaned national attention when it was selected as the site for the 2009 U.S. Freestyle Kayaking Team Trials.

The signature feature is a standing wave, also known as a G-wave. Depending on the time of year, flows can range from 4,000 to 22,000 cubic feet per second. Other features include a hole on river left, a smaller standing wave on river right and learning pools for practicing skills. At high water levels, the feature blends to form one very wide wave. Stream navigability is maintained at all flows for river craft with a clean boat passage being far river right.

Paddlers may use the area at their own risk. Helmets and personal flotation devices are required. Boaters crossing Midland Avenue should be aware of traffic and always use the crosswalk. Adults, please carefully supervise children and pets. Please note that there is no boat ramp at this spot on the Colorado.

Parking Information

Glenwood Springs Whitewater Activity Area is located on the Colorado River in West Glenwood Springs, immediately off the Interstate-70 exit in West Glenwood (exit 114), just upstream of the Midland Avenue Bridge at 2307 Devereux Road.

  • A small parking lot is available directly across from the Whitewater Activity Area on Devereux Road.
  • Overflow parking is available 1/3 mile up Midland Avenue in the RFTA lot.
  • Parking is prohibited on Midland Avenue, and this is strictly enforced.
  • Please do not park in a manner that impedes traffic or in private business lots.
  • Overnight camping is not permitted.

Paddling not your thing? Explore the river, however, suits you and check out all the things to do in Glenwood Springs; there is something for everyone and a new adventure to be had every day!


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We are pleased to announce the US Forest Service rebuild of the Hanging Lake Trail that is set to begin this spring will allow for hiking on a limited basis through the construction period. Reservations will be available weekly, with available hiking dates and times released every Tuesday at 8:00 am MDT. This system aims to streamline access to the trail during construction, while ensuring a smooth and enjoyable experience for all visitors.

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