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Colorado whitewater, Roaring Fork

Pitkin county, Upper Woody Creek Bridge to Lower Woody Creek Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III     3.8 miles
  The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Colorado are often more challenging than in other states, so don't forget that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. This stretch of Roaring Fork is 3.8 miles long and is a class III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The natural beauty of Pitkin County and the cool fresh water beats anything. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. This
    is a short paddling stretch so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, around here you'll find a large number of
good rivers. There are plenty of hotels here if you want to spend a night, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. The starting point is not too far from Edwards, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This is not the only paddling section in this river system, there are others too.

Briefly about the general area:
Roaring Fork is a spot with many visitors from Woody Creek, and
 
there is a good hiking trail close by called the Blue Creek Trail. What would winter be without some skiing at Buttermilk, and nearby Besancon Gulch is a good place to go. At this river you will never have a bad time. Summertime at Roaring Fork arrives with high temperatures in the 80's. During the moonlight hours it's usually in the 50's. Highs throughout the winter are mostly in the 30's, and through the dark hours in the winter at Roaring Fork temperatures drop to the 0's. Not much rain falls here at Roaring Fork. The month with most of the rain is April; the driest month is June.

Roaring Fork, Upper Woody Creek Bridge to Lower Woody Creek 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 Roaring Fork.
 Whitewater Near Roaring Fork:
Roaring Fork, Pitkin County, 1 miles away
      Class III - 3.8 miles long (Upper Woody Creek Bridge to Lower Woody Creek Bridge)
Roaring Fork, Pitkin County, 1 miles away
      Class III - 6.2 miles long (Lower Woody Creek Bridge to Route 82 Bridge)
-blank-, Eagle County, 5 miles away
      Class IV - 5 miles long (Taylor Creek to Basalt)
Whitewater Outfitter - Blazing Adventures, Pitkin County, 5 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Roaring Fork, Pitkin County, 6 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.5 miles long (Aspen to Upper Woody Creek Bridge)
Roaring Fork, Eagle County, 7 miles away
      Class III+ - 4.4 miles long (Seven Castles to Basalt 7-11)
Roaring Fork, Pitkin County, 8 miles away
      Class IV+ - 2 miles long (Aspen Music School to Slaughterhouse Bridge)
Whitewater Outfitter - Aspen Whitewater Rafting, Pitkin County, 8 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Roaring Fork, Pitkin County, 16 miles away
      Class V+ - 3.2 miles long (Weller Lake to Difficult Campground)
Crystal River - North Fork, Gunnison County, 17 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.65 miles long (to scree slope)
 Ski Areas Near Roaring Fork:
Buttermilk, Colorado , 5 miles away, 2030 foot drop, 7 lifts, 41 runs
Aspen Highlands, Colorado , 7 miles away, 3635 foot drop, 4 lifts, 131 runs
Aspen Mountain, Colorado , 8 miles away, 3267 foot drop, 8 lifts, 76 runs
Snowmass, Colorado , 11 miles away, 4406 foot drop, 21 lifts, 84 runs
Crested Butte, Colorado , 21 miles away, 2775 foot drop, 16 lifts, 121 runs
Irwin Lodge, Colorado , 23 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 15 runs
Sunlight Mountain, Colorado , 30 miles away, 2010 foot drop, 4 lifts, 67 runs
Beaver Creek, Colorado , 32 miles away, 3340 foot drop, 25 lifts, 149 runs
Vail, Colorado , 42 miles away, 3450 foot drop, 31 lifts, 193 runs
Ski Cooper, Colorado , 42 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
 Hotels Near Roaring Fork:
The Crestwood Condominiums, Snowmass Village , 2 miles away
The Villas At Snowmass Club, Snowmass Village , 4 miles away
Snowmass Hospitality, Snowmass Village , 5 miles away
The Stonebridge Inn, Snowmass Village , 5 miles away
Snowmass Mountain Chalet, Snowmass Village , 5 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Roaring Fork:
Maroon Creek Campground 1, Pitkin County, 7 miles away
Rocky Fork Campground, Eagle County, 7 miles away
Silver Bar, Aspen, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Roaring Fork:
Blue Creek Trail, Eagle , 13 miles away
Antone Trail, Eagle , 16 miles away
Trail Riders Trail, Gunnison , 17 miles away
Sawyer Lake Trail, Pitkin , 18 miles away
Chapman Trail, Pitkin , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Roaring Fork:
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, Gunnison - CO , 49 miles away
Curecanti National Recreation Area, Gunnison - CO , 49 miles away
Sylvan State Park, Colorado , 16 miles away
White River National Forest, Colorado , 23 miles away
Paonia State Park, Colorado , 35 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Roaring Fork:
Snowmass Golf Course, Snowmass Village , 4 miles away
Maroon Creek Club, Aspen , 5 miles away
Aspen Golf & Tennis Club, Aspen , 6 miles away
 Lakes Near Roaring Fork
Warren Lake, Pitkin , 12 miles away
LEDE Reservoir, Eagle , 13 miles away
Geneva Lake, Gunnison , 16 miles away

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