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Colorado whitewater, Roaring Fork

Pitkin Garfield county, Black Bridge to Veltus Park section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II+(III)     6.2 miles
  The wonderful Pitkin/Garfield County scenery and the water flowing gracefully down Roaring Fork make the trip here worthwhile. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Edwards, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling rivers. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Colorado are harder than the national
    norm, so keep in mind that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. This stretch has has enough mileage, it's perfect for a one day trip. There are nice comfortable hotels here, but you'd better reserve in advance
because these hotels fill up quick. The campgrounds here at Roaring Fork are pretty good. This stretch of Roaring Fork in Colorado is 6.2 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II+(III) section. There are plenty of other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well.

Briefly about the general area:
Red Canyon is right next door to Roaring Fork and is a pleasant site; at Roaring Fork you always meet
 
someone from Glenwood Springs. Gotta ski! Sunlight Mountain is a tremendous location to do that. Through the long summer days here at Roaring Fork, high temperatures generally reach the 80's. Once the sun is down it descends down to the 50's. For the period of the wintertime this place gets highs in the 30's with temperatures at Roaring Fork dipping down into the 0's all through winter nights. It is very dried out here at Roaring Fork ordinarily. October is when you get the most rain here, and February on the other hand is the driest.

Roaring Fork, Black Bridge to Veltus 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 Roaring Fork.
 Whitewater Near Roaring Fork:
Whitewater Outfitter - UP THA Creek Expeditions, Garfield County, 2 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Blue SKY Adventures, Garfield County, 2 miles away
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Roaring Fork, Pitkin/Garfield County, 2 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 6.2 miles long (Black Bridge to Veltus Park)
Whitewater Outfitter - Rock Gardens Rafting, Garfield County, 3 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Whitewater Rafting, Garfield County, 4 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Glenwood Canyon Rafting, Garfield County, 5 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Grizzly Creek, Garfield County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1 miles long (1 mile up trail to Grizzly Creek Rest Area)
Colorado River, Garfield County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 3.8 miles long (Hanging Lake Exit 125 to Grizzly Creek)
Colorado River, garfield County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2 miles long (Shoshone Power Plant Exit 123 to Grizzly Creek Exit 121)
Crystal River, Pitkin County, 15 miles away
      Class III - 4.8 miles long (Avalanche Creek to B.R.Campground)
 Ski Areas Near Roaring Fork:
Sunlight Mountain, Colorado , 6 miles away, 2010 foot drop, 4 lifts, 67 runs
Buttermilk, Colorado , 35 miles away, 2030 foot drop, 7 lifts, 41 runs
Aspen Highlands, Colorado , 36 miles away, 3635 foot drop, 4 lifts, 131 runs
Aspen Mountain, Colorado , 38 miles away, 3267 foot drop, 8 lifts, 76 runs
Crested Butte, Colorado , 40 miles away, 2775 foot drop, 16 lifts, 121 runs
Snowmass, Colorado , 41 miles away, 4406 foot drop, 21 lifts, 84 runs
Irwin Lodge, Colorado , 42 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 15 runs
Beaver Creek, Colorado , 55 miles away, 3340 foot drop, 25 lifts, 149 runs
Howelsen Hill, Colorado , 61 miles away, 440 foot drop, 3 lifts, 15 runs
Steamboat, Colorado , 61 miles away, 3668 foot drop, 20 lifts, 143 runs
 Marinas Near Roaring Fork:
Roaring Fork Marina, Carbondale , 7 miles away
 Hotels Near Roaring Fork:
Caravan Inn, Glenwood Springs , 2 miles away
Hotel Colorado, Glenwood Springs , 2 miles away
Starlight Lodge, Glenwood Springs , 2 miles away
Ramada Glenwood Springs, Glenwood Springs , 2 miles away
BEST WESTERN Antlers, Glenwood Springs , 3 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Roaring Fork:
Bogan Flats Campground and Group S - White River National Forest, Glenwood Springs, 2 miles away
Camp Hale Memorial - White River National Forest, Glenwood Springs, 2 miles away
Chapman Campground And Group - White River National Forest, Glenwood Springs, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Roaring Fork:
Blue Creek Trail, Eagle , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Roaring Fork:
Harvey Gap State Park, Colorado , 25 miles away
Rifle Falls State Park, Colorado , 29 miles away
Paonia State Park, Colorado , 29 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Roaring Fork:
Westbank Golf Course, Glenwood Springs , 2 miles away
Rose Ranch Golf, Glenwood Springs , 3 miles away
Ironbridge Golf Club, Glenwood Springs , 3 miles away
 Lakes Near Roaring Fork
Adams Lake, Garfield , 14 miles away
Elk Lakes, Garfield , 15 miles away
Jet Lake, Garfield , 17 miles away

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