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Colorado whitewater, Roaring Fork

Eagle county, Seven Castles to Basalt 7-11 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III+     4.4 miles
  The natural beauty of Colorado and the cool fresh water make the trip here worthwhile. This section of Roaring Fork in Eagle County is 4.4 miles long and is a class III+ section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. If you'll be staying in a hotel you're in luck, lodging is available very near the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. There are
    plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. A good workout and just hanging out with mother nature have a lot of people coming here. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both,
doesn't matter, this area has a large number of paddling places. If you're coming from Edwards it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Colorado are often tougher than in other states, so better not forget that many runs in this state are not easy.

Briefly about the general area:
Hiking
 
is a popular thing to do around Roaring Fork; Blue Creek Trail is a fine local trail. Whitnach Falls is always fun to check out; this is a popular site for folks from Basalt. This river is always fun. Really splendid skiing awaits you at Buttermilk. Throughout the days of summer highs here at Roaring Fork get into the 80's, and during summer nights temperatures are in the 50's. During the winter highs are in the 30's, and nighttime lows at Roaring Fork throughout the wintertime generally drop into the 0's. Roaring Fork gets very little rainfall. The month of April is the wettest with most of the rain, and the driest month of the year is June.

Roaring Fork, Seven Castles to Basalt 7-11 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, Eagle County, 2 miles away
      Class III+ - 4.4 miles long (Seven Castles to Basalt 7-11)
-blank-, Eagle County, 6 miles away
      Class IV - 5 miles long (Taylor Creek to Basalt)
Roaring Fork, Pitkin County, 7 miles away
      Class III - 6.2 miles long (Lower Woody Creek Bridge to Route 82 Bridge)
Whitewater Outfitter - Blazing Adventures, Pitkin County, 9 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Roaring Fork, Pitkin County, 10 miles away
      Class III - 3.8 miles long (Upper Woody Creek Bridge to Lower Woody Creek Bridge)
Roaring Fork, Pitkin County, 15 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.5 miles long (Aspen to Upper Woody Creek Bridge)
Crystal River - North Fork, Gunnison County, 16 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.65 miles long (to scree slope)
Crystal River, Pitkin County, 16 miles away
      Class III - 4.8 miles long (Avalanche Creek to B.R.Campground)
Crystal River, Pitkin County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2.1 miles long (Penny Hot Springs to Avalanche Creek)
Roaring Fork, Pitkin County, 16 miles away
      Class IV+ - 2 miles long (Aspen Music School to Slaughterhouse Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Roaring Fork:
Buttermilk, Colorado , 14 miles away, 2030 foot drop, 7 lifts, 41 runs
Aspen Highlands, Colorado , 15 miles away, 3635 foot drop, 4 lifts, 131 runs
Aspen Mountain, Colorado , 16 miles away, 3267 foot drop, 8 lifts, 76 runs
Snowmass, Colorado , 19 miles away, 4406 foot drop, 21 lifts, 84 runs
Sunlight Mountain, Colorado , 22 miles away, 2010 foot drop, 4 lifts, 67 runs
Crested Butte, Colorado , 25 miles away, 2775 foot drop, 16 lifts, 121 runs
Irwin Lodge, Colorado , 27 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 15 runs
Beaver Creek, Colorado , 37 miles away, 3340 foot drop, 25 lifts, 149 runs
Vail, Colorado , 47 miles away, 3450 foot drop, 31 lifts, 193 runs
Ski Cooper, Colorado , 50 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
 Marinas Near Roaring Fork:
Roaring Fork Marina, Carbondale , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near Roaring Fork:
Aspenalt Lodge, Basalt , 1 miles away
The Pokolodi Lodge, Snowmass Village , 9 miles away
The Stonebridge Inn, Snowmass Village , 9 miles away
Snowmass Mountain Chalet, Snowmass Village , 9 miles away
Snowmass Hospitality, Snowmass Village , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Roaring Fork:
Aspen- Basalt Campground, Basalt, 4 miles away
Gypsum Creek Campground, Eagle County, 12 miles away
Snowmass Lake, Snowmass Village, 13 miles away
 Trails Near Roaring Fork:
Blue Creek Trail, Eagle , 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Roaring Fork:
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, Gunnison - CO , 56 miles away
Curecanti National Recreation Area, Gunnison - CO , 56 miles away
Sylvan State Park, Colorado , 21 miles away
White River National Forest, Colorado , 30 miles away
Paonia State Park, Colorado , 31 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Roaring Fork:
Roaring Fork Club, Basalt , 0 miles away
Ranch at Roaring Fork Golf Course, Carbondale , 10 miles away
Snowmass Golf Course, Snowmass Village , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Roaring Fork
Geneva Lake, Gunnison , 14 miles away
LEDE Reservoir, Eagle , 18 miles away

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