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Colorado whitewater, Boulder Creek

Boulder county, Gun Shy to Jasper Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V     2.5 miles
  If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more demanding, so better not forget that rivers here are less forgiving. If you're coming from Boulder it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this is an area with plenty of places
    for that. This stretch of Boulder Creek in Colorado is 2.5 miles long and has been rated as a class V section by American Whitewater. The beauty of the Front Range is a great plus for this river. The natural beauty of Colorado
and the water flowing gracefully down Boulder Creek beats anything. This is a short paddling stretch so better bring some good walking shoes. Great exercise and just being out on the river for a while have a lot of people coming here. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby.  
This is not the only paddling section in this river system, there are others too.

Briefly about the general area:
Don't leave Boulder Creek without first going for a hike along the Kings Lake Trail; pretty scenery and magnificent skiing is what you obtain at Eldora. There's no way somebody can get bored here in the Front Range. There's magnificent hiking along the Lost Lake Trail, and you're sure to stumble upon some wonderful people from Nederland here. This river is a great place to visit. At Boulder Creek you donít see much rainfall. Of all the months in a year August is the one with the most rain, and February is the month with the least moisture.

Boulder Creek, Gun Shy to Jasper Creek 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 Boulder Creek.
 Whitewater Near Boulder Creek:
Boulder Creek, Boulder County, 0 miles away
      Class V - 2.5 miles long (Gun Shy to Jasper Creek)
Boulder Creek - South, Boulder County, 7 miles away
      Class IV - 6 miles long (Rollinsville to Pinecliffe)
Jasper Creek, Boulder County, 8 miles away
      Class V+ - 1 miles long (to Boulder Creek)
Whitewater Outfitter - Mile HI Rafting, Clear Creek County, 10 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Clear Creek, Clear Creek County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.5 miles long (Lawson to Idaho Springs)
Whitewater Outfitter - Clear Creek Rafting, Clear Creek County, 11 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Mad Adventures, Grand County, 12 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Boulder Creek - South, Boulder County, 12 miles away
      Class V+ - 2.6 miles long (Pinecliffe to Gross Mountain Reservoir)
Boulder Creek - North, Boulder County, 12 miles away
      Class V+ - 2.25 miles long (Switzerland Park to Boulder Falls)
Whitewater Outfitter - Adventures in Whitewater, Grand County, 13 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Boulder Creek:
Eldora, Colorado , 2 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 12 lifts, 53 runs
Winter Park, Colorado , 12 miles away, 3060 foot drop, 26 lifts, 145 runs
SolVista Basin, Colorado , 21 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 6 lifts, 37 runs
Arapahoe Basin, Colorado , 25 miles away, 2270 foot drop, 7 lifts, 105 runs
Loveland, Colorado , 25 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Keystone, Colorado , 31 miles away, 3128 foot drop, 20 lifts, 135 runs
Breckenridge, Colorado , 40 miles away, 3398 foot drop, 27 lifts, 146 runs
Copper Mountain, Colorado , 44 miles away, 2601 foot drop, 23 lifts, 125 runs
Vail, Colorado , 56 miles away, 3450 foot drop, 31 lifts, 193 runs
Ski Cooper, Colorado , 58 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
 Beaches Near Boulder Creek:
Surprise Beach, Grand , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Boulder Creek:
Winter Park Mountain Lodge, Winter Park , 12 miles away
Winter Park Chateau, Winter Park , 12 miles away
Zephyr Mountain Lodge, Winter Park , 12 miles away
Ameristar Casino Resort Spa Black Hawk, Black Hawk , 12 miles away
Frasers Crossing Founders Point, Winter Park , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Boulder Creek:
Lost Lake, Boulder, 1 miles away
Caribou Ghost Town, Boulder, 2 miles away
Buckingham Campground, Boulder County, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Boulder Creek:
Kings Lake Trail, Boulder , 0 miles away
Lost Lake Trail, Boulder , 1 miles away
Chittenden Mountain Trail, Boulder , 2 miles away
Guinn Mountain Ski Trail, Boulder , 2 miles away
Arapho Glacier Trail, Boulder , 3 miles away
 Public Lands Near Boulder Creek:
Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park - CO , 22 miles away
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Florissant - CO , 62 miles away
Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Colorado , 15 miles away
Eldorado State Park, Colorado , 20 miles away
Arapaho National Forest, Colorado , 33 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Boulder Creek:
Pole Creek Golf Club, Fraser , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Boulder Creek
Yankee Doodle Lake, Boulder , 4 miles away
Jenny Lake, Boulder , 4 miles away
Lake Dorothy, Boulder , 6 miles away

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