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Colorado whitewater, Boulder Creek

Boulder county, Blue Bridge to Eben G Fine Park section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV     6 miles
  The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Colorado are often tougher than in other states, so keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less manageable. The scenic beauty of Colorado and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. This stretch of Boulder Creek is 6 miles long and it is classified as a class IV section by American Whitewater. The put-in location is a reasonable
    drive from Boulder, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling places. Getting your paddling
muscles activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great attractions for lots of people. The river winds through the Front Range and you get great scenery. This stretch is mid length, it's good length for a morning trip. There are so many sections to paddle in this river system, the Blue Bridge to Eben G Fine Park section is just one of many. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. No shortage of good hotels, but  
do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination.

Briefly about the general area:
Saddle Rock is a glorious site to explore while in the neighborhood. Here at Boulder Creek there are plenty of folks from Eldorado Springs, and if you're hooked on cool geologic traits try Flagstaff Memorial. Coming to this river is always a good idea. Take a hike on the Green Mountain Trail, and if you wish for a little side trip, try Lost Gulch. A trip to Ute Spring will fill your spirit with nice feelings, and hiking along the Saddle Rock Trail is great fun. Places like Eldorado State Park are fine to take a look at, and Golden Gate Canyon State Park is a good site to stop at.

Boulder Creek, Blue Bridge to Eben G Fine Park 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, 1 miles away
      Class II-III - 3 miles long (Eben G Fine Park to CU Greenhouse)
Boulder Creek, Boulder County, 1 miles away
      Class IV - 6 miles long (Blue Bridge to Eben G Fine Park)
Boulder Creek - South, Boulder County, 4 miles away
      Class IV(V+) - 7.2 miles long (Gross Mountain Reservoir to Eldorado State Park)
Boulder Creek - South, Boulder County, 4 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.75 miles long (Eldorado Canyon)
Boulder Creek, Boulder County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 2 miles long (Mile Marker 32 to Blue Bridge)
Boulder Creek - North, Boulder County, 8 miles away
      Class V+ - 2.25 miles long (Switzerland Park to Boulder Falls)
Left Hand Creek, Boulder County, 8 miles away
      Class IV - 3 miles long (Intersection of 81rd and 94rd to Buckingham Park)
Boulder Creek - South, Boulder County, 9 miles away
      Class V+ - 2.6 miles long (Pinecliffe to Gross Mountain Reservoir)
Saint Vrain Creek - South, Boulder County, 10 miles away
      Class V+ - 5 miles long (Confluence to 1 in 5 Rapid)
Saint Vrain Creek - South, Boulder County, 11 miles away
      Class V+ - 5.5 miles long (Ceran St. Vrain Trailhead to Confluence)
 Ski Areas Near Boulder Creek:
Eldora, Colorado , 19 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 12 lifts, 53 runs
Winter Park, Colorado , 32 miles away, 3060 foot drop, 26 lifts, 145 runs
SolVista Basin, Colorado , 40 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 6 lifts, 37 runs
Arapahoe Basin, Colorado , 43 miles away, 2270 foot drop, 7 lifts, 105 runs
Loveland, Colorado , 44 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Keystone, Colorado , 49 miles away, 3128 foot drop, 20 lifts, 135 runs
Breckenridge, Colorado , 58 miles away, 3398 foot drop, 27 lifts, 146 runs
Copper Mountain, Colorado , 63 miles away, 2601 foot drop, 23 lifts, 125 runs
Vail, Colorado , 75 miles away, 3450 foot drop, 31 lifts, 193 runs
Ski Cooper, Colorado , 76 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
 Marinas Near Boulder Creek:
Boulder Reservoir Marina, Boulder , 7 miles away
Carter Lake Marina, Loveland , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Boulder Creek:
Alps Boulder Canyon Inn, Boulder , 1 miles away
St Julien Hotel And Spa, Boulder , 3 miles away
Colorado Chautauqua, Boulder , 3 miles away
Hotel Boulderado, Boulder , 3 miles away
Boulder University Inn, Boulder , 3 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Boulder Creek:
Gross Reservoir Dispersed, Pinecliffe, 5 miles away
Lefthand Canyon, Boulder, 5 miles away
Winiger Ridge, Pinecliffe, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Boulder Creek:
Green Mountain Trail, Boulder , 1 miles away
Saddle Rock Trail, Boulder , 2 miles away
Bear Peak Trail, Boulder , 2 miles away
Mesa Trail, Boulder , 4 miles away
Bolling Gulch Trail, Gilpin , 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Boulder Creek:
Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park - CO , 23 miles away
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Florissant - CO , 59 miles away
Eldorado State Park, Colorado , 4 miles away
Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Colorado , 9 miles away
Barbour Ponds State Park, Colorado , 25 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Boulder Creek:
Access Golf, Boulder , 4 miles away
Flatirons Golf Course, Boulder , 7 miles away
Haystack Mountain Golf Course & Driving Range, Niwot , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Boulder Creek
Baseline Reservoir, Boulder , 7 miles away
Harper Lake, Boulder , 11 miles away
Beaver Reservoir, Boulder , 15 miles away

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