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Colorado whitewater, Blue River

Summit Grand county, Green Mountain Reservoir to Spring Creek Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III     3.8 miles
  The average Colorado whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be harder to run than those in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Silverthorne, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. The wonderful Colorado scenery and the playfulness of the water make the trip here worthwhile. No matter if you're
    whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good rivers for that around here. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. Getting some good exercise and spending some quality time in nature are sure to
keep you coming back for more. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. The beautiful Park Range scenery is an added bonus. This stretch is short so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Green Mountain Reservoir to Spring Creek  
Road section is one of them. The Green Mountain Reservoir to Spring Creek Road stretch of Blue River is 3.8 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class III section of whitewater.

Briefly about the general area:
This is a popular location for folks from Silverthorne; you can go for a hike on the Surprise Trail. So much enjoyable stuff to do in the Park Range, not sufficient time. Near Blue River you locate Miller Gulch which is a great location to pop by. Going for a hike on the Eaglesmere Trail is always a delightful adventure, and what would winter be without some skiing at Vail.

Blue River, Green Mountain Reservoir to Spring Creek Road road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Blue River.
 Whitewater Near Blue River:
Blue River, Summit/ Grand County, 1 miles away
      Class III - 3.8 miles long (Green Mountain Reservoir to Spring Creek Road)
Colorado River, Grand County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V - 9.5 miles long (Gore Canyon)
Whitewater Outfitter - Arkansas Valley Adventures, Grand County, 9 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Arkansas River, Chaffee County, 10 miles away
      Class IV - 5 miles long (Numbers Launch to Railroad Bridge Launch)
Colorado River, Grand County, 12 miles away
      Class III - 11.6 miles long (Pumphouse campground to Rancho Del Rio)
Whitewater Outfitter - Colorado River RUNS, Eagle County, 13 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Gore Creek, Eagle County, 14 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9.2 miles long (East Vail Exit (I-70) to Eagle River)
Blue River, Summit County, 16 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Blue River Camp Ground to FR 2400)
Williams Fork, Grand County, 17 miles away
      Class II-IV - 9 miles long (Horseshoe Campground to Williams Fork Reservoir)
Whitewater Outfitter - Sage Outdoor Adventures, Eagle County, 17 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Blue River:
Vail, Colorado , 14 miles away, 3450 foot drop, 31 lifts, 193 runs
Beaver Creek, Colorado , 20 miles away, 3340 foot drop, 25 lifts, 149 runs
Copper Mountain, Colorado , 26 miles away, 2601 foot drop, 23 lifts, 125 runs
Ski Cooper, Colorado , 29 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Breckenridge, Colorado , 30 miles away, 3398 foot drop, 27 lifts, 146 runs
Keystone, Colorado , 31 miles away, 3128 foot drop, 20 lifts, 135 runs
SolVista Basin, Colorado , 31 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 6 lifts, 37 runs
Loveland, Colorado , 33 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Arapahoe Basin, Colorado , 35 miles away, 2270 foot drop, 7 lifts, 105 runs
Winter Park, Colorado , 40 miles away, 3060 foot drop, 26 lifts, 145 runs
 Marinas Near Blue River:
Heeney Marina, Silverthorne , 3 miles away
 Hotels Near Blue River:
Super 8 Kremmling, Kremmling , 9 miles away
Allington Inn And Suites, Kremmling , 9 miles away
Evergreen Lodge At Vail, Vail , 14 miles away
Vail Mountain Lodge And Spa, Vail , 14 miles away
Vails Mountain Haus, Vail , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Blue River:
Elliott Creek, Silverthorne, 2 miles away
Big Green Campground, Summit County, 2 miles away
Willows Campground, Summit County, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Blue River:
Eaglesmere Trail, Summit , 3 miles away
Surprise Trail, Summit , 5 miles away
Sheep Drive Trail, Eagle , 5 miles away
Piney Lake Trail, Eagle , 8 miles away
Gore Range Trail, Summit , 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Blue River:
Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park - CO , 62 miles away
Arapaho National Forest, Colorado , 20 miles away
White River National Forest, Colorado , 30 miles away
Sylvan State Park, Colorado , 35 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Blue River:
Vail Golf Club, Vail , 14 miles away
Vail Recreation District, Vail , 14 miles away
Eagle Vail Golf, Avon , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Blue River
Upper Piney Lake, Eagle , 10 miles away
Gore Lake, Eagle , 16 miles away

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