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Colorado whitewater, Fryingpan River

Eagle county, Upper section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV-V     5.7 miles
  The scenic beauty of Eagle County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are reasons enough to come here and paddle. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Colorado tend to be more challenging than the national average, so better not forget that many runs in this state are not easy. The Upper section of Fryingpan River is 5.7 miles long and it is classified as a class IV-V section by American Whitewater. The starting
    location is a short drive from Edwards, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. There are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. Getting your paddling
muscles activated and spending some quality time in nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. The campgrounds here at Fryingpan River are pretty good. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good spots for that around here. The river  
winds through the Sawatch Range and you get great scenery. This is a pretty decent length section, good for a one day paddling trip.

Briefly about the general area:
There are plenty of folks from Meredith here at Fryingpan River, and on a great day you can take a hike along the Sawyer Lake Trail. These mountains rock, just check out all the entertaining stuff to do in the Sawatch Range. When you're here at Fryingpan River it's always fun to explore Sylvan State Park; you'll never forgive yourself if you donít go skiing at Snowmass if you're here. This is such a wonderful river.

Fryingpan River, Upper 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 Fryingpan River.
 Whitewater Near Fryingpan River:
Fryingpan River, Eagle County, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5.7 miles long (Upper)
Roaring Fork, Pitkin County, 12 miles away
      Class V+ - 3.2 miles long (Weller Lake to Difficult Campground)
Roaring Fork, Pitkin County, 13 miles away
      Class IV+ - 2 miles long (Aspen Music School to Slaughterhouse Bridge)
Whitewater Outfitter - Aspen Whitewater Rafting, Pitkin County, 13 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Roaring Fork, Pitkin County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.5 miles long (Aspen to Upper Woody Creek Bridge)
Roaring Fork, Pitkin County, 16 miles away
      Class III - 3.8 miles long (Upper Woody Creek Bridge to Lower Woody Creek Bridge)
Lake Creek, Lake County, 16 miles away
      Class V+ - 9 miles long (Graham Gulch to 1/4 mi east of Monitor Gulch)
Eagle River, Eagle County, 17 miles away
      Class II-III - 17.4 miles long (Edwards to Eagle)
Roaring Fork, Pitkin County, 17 miles away
      Class III - 6.2 miles long (Lower Woody Creek Bridge to Route 82 Bridge)
-blank-, Eagle County, 19 miles away
      Class IV - 5 miles long (Taylor Creek to Basalt)
 Ski Areas Near Fryingpan River:
Snowmass, Colorado , 12 miles away, 4406 foot drop, 21 lifts, 84 runs
Aspen Mountain, Colorado , 13 miles away, 3267 foot drop, 8 lifts, 76 runs
Buttermilk, Colorado , 15 miles away, 2030 foot drop, 7 lifts, 41 runs
Aspen Highlands, Colorado , 15 miles away, 3635 foot drop, 4 lifts, 131 runs
Beaver Creek, Colorado , 18 miles away, 3340 foot drop, 25 lifts, 149 runs
Ski Cooper, Colorado , 26 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Vail, Colorado , 26 miles away, 3450 foot drop, 31 lifts, 193 runs
Crested Butte, Colorado , 31 miles away, 2775 foot drop, 16 lifts, 121 runs
Irwin Lodge, Colorado , 32 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 15 runs
Copper Mountain, Colorado , 38 miles away, 2601 foot drop, 23 lifts, 125 runs
 Hotels Near Fryingpan River:
CHATEAU BLANC CONDOS, Aspen , 13 miles away
Destination Resorts Snowmass, Snowmass Village , 13 miles away
The Gant, Aspen , 13 miles away
Frias Properties Of Aspen, Aspen , 13 miles away
Aspen Residence Hotel, Aspen , 13 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Fryingpan River:
Chapman, Meredith, 2 miles away
Chapman Group, Meredith, 3 miles away
Elk Wallow Campground, Pitkin County, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Fryingpan River:
Chapman Trail, Pitkin , 3 miles away
Sawyer Lake Trail, Pitkin , 4 miles away
Last Chance Trail, Eagle , 4 miles away
Lake Charles Trail, Eagle , 7 miles away
Ironedge Trail, Eagle , 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Fryingpan River:
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, Gunnison - CO , 48 miles away
Curecanti National Recreation Area, Gunnison - CO , 48 miles away
White River National Forest, Colorado , 8 miles away
Sylvan State Park, Colorado , 9 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Fryingpan River:
Centerline Golf, Aspen , 13 miles away
Aspen Golf & Tennis Club, Aspen , 14 miles away
Maroon Creek Club, Aspen , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Fryingpan River
LEDE Reservoir, Eagle , 10 miles away
Warren Lake, Pitkin , 10 miles away
Lake Thomas, Eagle , 11 miles away

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