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Colorado whitewater, Boulder Creek - South

Boulder county, Gross Mountain Reservoir to Eldorado State Park section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV(V+)     7.2 miles
  The put-in location is a short drive from Boulder, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This section of Boulder Creek - South in Boulder County is 7.2 miles long and is a class IV(V+) section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often tougher than in other states, so keep in mind that many of the sections here are not safe
    for beginners. The nature scenery of Boulder County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water have people coming here. There are plenty of other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. The Front Range
scenery is wonderful. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling spots. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, suitable for an afternoon trip. The campgrounds here at Boulder Creek - South are pretty good. Getting your paddling muscles activated and spending some quality time in nature have people coming from far and near. Lodging is available near the river, but if you donít  
have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.

Briefly about the general area:
Boulder Creek - South is near Golden Gate Canyon State Park which is a delightful place; going for a hike on the Bear Peak Trail is always a magnificent adventure. Man, is there plenty of cool stuff to do in the Front Range. You absolutely ought to stop at Eldorado State Park since you're here at Boulder Creek - South, and while you're here why not visit Kentucky Gulch. This river is a wonderful place to visit. Go for a hike on the Mesa Trail; there are plenty of people from Eldorado Springs here at Boulder Creek - South.

Boulder Creek - South, Gross Mountain Reservoir to Eldorado State Park road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Boulder Creek - South.
 Whitewater Near Boulder Creek - South:
Boulder Creek - South, Boulder County, 2 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.75 miles long (Eldorado Canyon)
Boulder Creek - South, Boulder County, 2 miles away
      Class IV(V+) - 7.2 miles long (Gross Mountain Reservoir to Eldorado State Park)
Boulder Creek, Boulder County, 4 miles away
      Class IV - 6 miles long (Blue Bridge to Eben G Fine Park)
Boulder Creek, Boulder County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 3 miles long (Eben G Fine Park to CU Greenhouse)
Boulder Creek, Boulder County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 2 miles long (Mile Marker 32 to Blue Bridge)
Boulder Creek - South, Boulder County, 8 miles away
      Class V+ - 2.6 miles long (Pinecliffe to Gross Mountain Reservoir)
Boulder Creek - North, Boulder County, 8 miles away
      Class V+ - 2.25 miles long (Switzerland Park to Boulder Falls)
Clear Creek, Clear Creek County, 10 miles away
      Class IV - 5.5 miles long (mile 267 to Golden)
Clear Creek, Clear Creek County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 5.5 miles long (Green Bay Rock)
Left Hand Creek, Boulder County, 11 miles away
      Class IV - 3 miles long (Intersection of 81rd and 94rd to Buckingham Park)
 Ski Areas Near Boulder Creek - South:
Eldora, Colorado , 18 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 12 lifts, 53 runs
Winter Park, Colorado , 31 miles away, 3060 foot drop, 26 lifts, 145 runs
SolVista Basin, Colorado , 41 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 6 lifts, 37 runs
Arapahoe Basin, Colorado , 41 miles away, 2270 foot drop, 7 lifts, 105 runs
Loveland, Colorado , 42 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Keystone, Colorado , 47 miles away, 3128 foot drop, 20 lifts, 135 runs
Breckenridge, Colorado , 56 miles away, 3398 foot drop, 27 lifts, 146 runs
Copper Mountain, Colorado , 61 miles away, 2601 foot drop, 23 lifts, 125 runs
Ski Cooper, Colorado , 74 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Vail, Colorado , 74 miles away, 3450 foot drop, 31 lifts, 193 runs
 Marinas Near Boulder Creek - South:
Boulder Reservoir Marina, Boulder , 9 miles away
Bear Creek Lake Park Marina, Morrison , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Boulder Creek - South:
Alps Boulder Canyon Inn, Boulder , 4 miles away
Colorado Chautauqua, Boulder , 4 miles away
St Julien Hotel And Spa, Boulder , 5 miles away
Boulder University Inn, Boulder , 5 miles away
Hotel Boulderado, Boulder , 5 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Boulder Creek - South:
Gross Reservoir Dispersed, Pinecliffe, 4 miles away
Golden Gate Canyon State Park - Waterfall, Eldorado Springs, 5 miles away
Golden Gate Canyon State Park - Deer Creek, Eldorado Springs, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Boulder Creek - South:
Bear Peak Trail, Boulder , 2 miles away
Mesa Trail, Boulder , 3 miles away
Green Mountain Trail, Boulder , 3 miles away
Saddle Rock Trail, Boulder , 4 miles away
Bolling Gulch Trail, Gilpin , 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Boulder Creek - South:
Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park - CO , 26 miles away
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Florissant - CO , 56 miles away
Eldorado State Park, Colorado , 0 miles away
Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Colorado , 7 miles away
Barbour Ponds State Park, Colorado , 26 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Boulder Creek - South:
Access Golf, Boulder , 5 miles away
Flatirons Golf Course, Boulder , 8 miles away
West Woods Golf Club, Arvada , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Boulder Creek - South
Baseline Reservoir, Boulder , 8 miles away
Harper Lake, Boulder , 11 miles away
Beaver Reservoir, Boulder , 17 miles away

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