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Colorado whitewater, Williams Fork

Grand county, Horseshoe Campground to Williams Fork Reservoir section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-IV     9 miles
  The natural beauty of Grand County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream make the trip here worthwhile. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Colorado are harder than the national norm, so better not forget that the rivers in this state are less manageable. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. This is a pretty decent length section,
    it's perfect for a one day trip. If you're coming from Silverthorne it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, as you can see on the road map further down. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby.
When you're paddling down a Park Range river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. The Horseshoe Campground to Williams Fork Reservoir stretch of Williams Fork in Grand County is 9 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II-IV section of whitewater. Getting some good exercise and spending some quality time in nature are great reasons to come. There are a few other stretches in this river system  
that can be paddled as well. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling spots.

Briefly about the general area:
If you're dropping by Williams Fork from Parshall, you won't be the only one, and if the weather is great, you can go for a hike along the Horseshoe Sulfur Trail. Now, you may imagine that's lots but there's even more entertaining stuff to do here in the Park Range. Brinker Gulch is in the vicinity of Williams Fork and is a splendid place, and if you're here you can take a hike along the Williams Peak Trail. A river like this is too good to miss.

Williams Fork, Horseshoe Campground to Williams Fork Reservoir 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 Williams Fork.
 Whitewater Near Williams Fork:
Williams Fork, Grand County, 4 miles away
      Class II-IV - 9 miles long (Horseshoe Campground to Williams Fork Reservoir)
Arkansas River, Chaffee County, 6 miles away
      Class IV - 5 miles long (Numbers Launch to Railroad Bridge Launch)
Blue River, Summit County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Blue River Camp Ground to FR 2400)
Colorado River, Grand County, 14 miles away
      Class IV - 3 miles long (Hot Sulphur Springs to Highway 40 bridge)
Blue River, Summit/ Grand County, 14 miles away
      Class III - 3.8 miles long (Green Mountain Reservoir to Spring Creek Road)
Willow Creek, Grand County, 15 miles away
      Class II - 6 miles long (National Forest Campground to Reservoir)
Colorado River, Grand County, 18 miles away
      Class IV-V - 9.5 miles long (Gore Canyon)
Whitewater Outfitter - Arkansas Valley Adventures, Grand County, 18 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - A B Ski Rentals, Summit County, 19 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Highside Adventure Tours, Summit County, 20 miles away
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 Ski Areas Near Williams Fork:
SolVista Basin, Colorado , 17 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 6 lifts, 37 runs
Loveland, Colorado , 22 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Keystone, Colorado , 22 miles away, 3128 foot drop, 20 lifts, 135 runs
Vail, Colorado , 23 miles away, 3450 foot drop, 31 lifts, 193 runs
Copper Mountain, Colorado , 24 miles away, 2601 foot drop, 23 lifts, 125 runs
Arapahoe Basin, Colorado , 25 miles away, 2270 foot drop, 7 lifts, 105 runs
Breckenridge, Colorado , 26 miles away, 3398 foot drop, 27 lifts, 146 runs
Winter Park, Colorado , 26 miles away, 3060 foot drop, 26 lifts, 145 runs
Beaver Creek, Colorado , 32 miles away, 3340 foot drop, 25 lifts, 149 runs
Ski Cooper, Colorado , 33 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
 Marinas Near Williams Fork:
Heeney Marina, Silverthorne , 13 miles away
Dillon Marina, Dillon , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Williams Fork:
Canyon Motel, Hot Sulphur Springs , 7 miles away
Days Inn Silverthorne, Silverthorne , 12 miles away
Littletree Inn, Granby , 16 miles away
Summit Peak Lodge West, Silverthorne , 17 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Summit County, Silverthorne , 18 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Williams Fork:
Horseshoe, Parshall, 4 miles away
Williams Fork Reservoir - Southeast, Parshall, 4 miles away
Hot Sulphur Springs State Wildlife Area - Lone Buck, Hot Sulphur Springs, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Williams Fork:
Williams Peak Trail, Grand , 4 miles away
Horseshoe Sulfur Trail, Garfield , 4 miles away
Sulfur Trail, Grand , 4 miles away
Ute Pass Trail, Grand , 7 miles away
Ute Peak Trail, Grand , 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Williams Fork:
Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park - CO , 48 miles away
Arapaho National Forest, Colorado , 9 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Williams Fork:
Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks, Silverthorne , 15 miles away
Grand Elk Golf Course, Granby , 16 miles away
SolVista Golf Club, Granby , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Williams Fork
Upper Piney Lake, Eagle , 17 miles away
Gore Lake, Eagle , 17 miles away
Vasquez Lake, Grand , 19 miles away

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