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Colorado whitewater, Elk River

Routt county, Box Canyon Campground to Glen Eden Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III     8 miles
  The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Edwards, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This stretch of Elk River is 8 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class III section. The beauty of the Park Range is a great plus for this river. The scenic beauty of Colorado and the playfulness of the water will make you feel great. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the
    Box Canyon Campground to Glen Eden Bridge section is one of them. Getting some good exercise and just being out on the river for a while are great attractions for lots of people. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking
or both, doesn't matter, this area has a pretty small number of paddling spots. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Colorado are harder than the national norm, so keep in mind that rivers here are not as easy as elsewhere. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby.  
This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, good for a one day paddling trip.

Briefly about the general area:
Going to Pearl Lake State Park close to Elk River is a good thing to do, and Elk River is a place with many visitors from Clark. Yep, outdoors enjoyable stuff truly is bountiful here in the Park Range. Hiking is a popular thing to do around Elk River; Coulton Creek Trail is a fine local trail. A trip to Routt National Forest when you're here at Elk River is never a bad idea, and why not take a refreshing hike along the Chilton Trail. Gotta ski! Howelsen Hill is a pleasant location to do that.

Elk River, Box Canyon Campground to Glen Eden Bridge 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 Elk River.
 Whitewater Near Elk River:
Elk River, Routt County, 5 miles away
      Class III - 8 miles long (Box Canyon Campground to Glen Eden Bridge)
Elk River, Routt County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 2 miles long (2 mi above Mad Creek to Mad Creek)
Whitewater Outfitter - Steamboat Rafting, Routt County, 13 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Blue Sky West, Routt County, 13 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Yampa River, Routt/Moffat County, 14 miles away
      Class III - 1 miles long (Yampa river park to 12th street)
Encampment River, Carbon County, 14 miles away
      Class II-V - 15 miles long (State Line to Encampment)
 Ski Areas Near Elk River:
Howelsen Hill, Colorado , 14 miles away, 440 foot drop, 3 lifts, 15 runs
Steamboat, Colorado , 15 miles away, 3668 foot drop, 20 lifts, 143 runs
Snowy Range, Wyoming , 55 miles away, 990 foot drop, 5 lifts, 27 runs
Beaver Creek, Colorado , 64 miles away, 3340 foot drop, 25 lifts, 149 runs
Vail, Colorado , 66 miles away, 3450 foot drop, 31 lifts, 193 runs
SolVista Basin, Colorado , 75 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 6 lifts, 37 runs
Sunlight Mountain, Colorado , 78 miles away, 2010 foot drop, 4 lifts, 67 runs
Buttermilk, Colorado , 81 miles away, 2030 foot drop, 7 lifts, 41 runs
Copper Mountain, Colorado , 82 miles away, 2601 foot drop, 23 lifts, 125 runs
Aspen Mountain, Colorado , 82 miles away, 3267 foot drop, 8 lifts, 76 runs
 Marinas Near Elk River:
Steamboat Lake Marina, Clark , 10 miles away
 Hotels Near Elk River:
Chalet Val DIsere, Steamboat Springs , 14 miles away
Rabbit Ears Motel, Steamboat Springs , 14 miles away
Western Lodge, Steamboat Springs , 14 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites Steamboat Springs CO, Steamboat Springs , 14 miles away
Legacy Vacation Club Steamboat Springs Hilltop, Steamboat Springs , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Elk River:
Coulton Creek Campground, Routt County, 0 miles away
Hinman Campground, Routt County, 1 miles away
Elk River #1, Clark, 1 miles away
 Trails Near Elk River:
Coulton Creek Trail, Routt , 2 miles away
Chilton Trail, Routt , 4 miles away
Hinman Creek Trail, Routt , 4 miles away
Roaring Fork Trail, Routt , 4 miles away
Swamp Park Trail, Routt , 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Elk River:
Pearl Lake State Park, Colorado , 4 miles away
Routt National Forest, Colorado , 7 miles away
Steamboat Lake State Park, Colorado , 9 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Elk River:
Haymaker Golf Course, Steamboat Springs , 13 miles away
Steamboat Golf Club, Steamboat Springs , 13 miles away
Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club, Steamboat Springs , 15 miles away

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