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Grand county, Hot Sulphur Springs to Highway 40 bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV     3 miles
  If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Colorado you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so keep in mind that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. The nature scenery of Grand County and the cool fresh water will make you feel great. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. This is a somewhat short section so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over.
    Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good spots. The starting point is not too far from Silverthorne, there's a road map further down the page with
more info on that. Getting some good exercise and spending some quality time in nature are great attractions for lots of people. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. This stretch of Colorado River is 3 miles long and is a class IV section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The campgrounds here  
at Colorado River are pretty good. Whitewater paddling here in the Park Range is a great experience.

Briefly about the general area:
A day on the slopes of SolVista Basin is just what you need, and close by you locate the Sulfur Trail which is a nice hiking trail. All the outdoors enjoyable things in the Park Range will keep you coming back many times. Don't leave Colorado River without dropping by Arapaho National Forest, and going for a hike on the Muddy Keyser Trail is always a great adventure. If you come to this river you will have a good time for sure. During your spree to Colorado River you'll meet some folks from Hot Sulphur Springs for sure.

Colorado River, Hot Sulphur Springs to Highway 40 bridge 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 Colorado River.
 Whitewater Near Colorado River:
Colorado River, Grand County, 6 miles away
      Class IV - 3 miles long (Hot Sulphur Springs to Highway 40 bridge)
Willow Creek, Grand County, 7 miles away
      Class II - 6 miles long (National Forest Campground to Reservoir)
Williams Fork, Grand County, 10 miles away
      Class II-IV - 9 miles long (Horseshoe Campground to Williams Fork Reservoir)
Arkansas River, Chaffee County, 12 miles away
      Class IV - 5 miles long (Numbers Launch to Railroad Bridge Launch)
Fraser River, Grand County, 15 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9.4 miles long (Tabernash to Granby)
Blue River, Summit County, 18 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Blue River Camp Ground to FR 2400)
Whitewater Outfitter - Adventures in Whitewater, Grand County, 20 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Clear Creek - West Fork, Clear Creek County, 21 miles away
      Class V - 1 miles long (Coors Falls to Gunshot)
Whitewater Outfitter - Mad Adventures, Grand County, 22 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Blue River, Summit/ Grand County, 22 miles away
      Class III - 3.8 miles long (Green Mountain Reservoir to Spring Creek Road)
 Ski Areas Near Colorado River:
SolVista Basin, Colorado , 11 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 6 lifts, 37 runs
Winter Park, Colorado , 22 miles away, 3060 foot drop, 26 lifts, 145 runs
Loveland, Colorado , 23 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Keystone, Colorado , 26 miles away, 3128 foot drop, 20 lifts, 135 runs
Arapahoe Basin, Colorado , 26 miles away, 2270 foot drop, 7 lifts, 105 runs
Copper Mountain, Colorado , 31 miles away, 2601 foot drop, 23 lifts, 125 runs
Breckenridge, Colorado , 32 miles away, 3398 foot drop, 27 lifts, 146 runs
Vail, Colorado , 32 miles away, 3450 foot drop, 31 lifts, 193 runs
Eldora, Colorado , 33 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 12 lifts, 53 runs
Beaver Creek, Colorado , 41 miles away, 3340 foot drop, 25 lifts, 149 runs
 Marinas Near Colorado River:
Highland Marina, Granby , 12 miles away
Grand Elk Marina, Granby , 12 miles away
Beacon Landing Marina, Grand Lake , 14 miles away
Shadow Mountain Marina and RV, Grand Lake , 16 miles away
Trail Ridge Marina, Grand Lake , 16 miles away
 Beaches Near Colorado River:
Surprise Beach, Grand , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near Colorado River:
Littletree Inn, Granby , 9 miles away
Grand Lake Lodge, Grand Lake , 13 miles away
Devils Thumb Ranch Resort And Spa, Tabernash , 15 miles away
Wild Horse Inn, Fraser , 18 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Bighorn Lodge, Grand Lake , 18 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Colorado River:
Beaver Creek Campground, Grand County, 3 miles away
Pioneer Park, Hot Sulphur Springs, 4 miles away
Hot Sulphur Springs State Wildlife Area -Pioneer Park, Hot Sulphur Springs, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Colorado River:
Sulfur Trail, Grand , 5 miles away
Muddy Keyser Trail, Grand , 7 miles away
Horseshoe Sulfur Trail, Garfield , 8 miles away
Horseshoe and Idlewild Trail, Grand , 10 miles away
Keyser Divide Trail, Grand , 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Colorado River:
Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park - CO , 40 miles away
Arapaho National Forest, Colorado , 15 miles away
State Forest State Park, Colorado , 37 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Colorado River:
Grand Elk Golf Course, Granby , 8 miles away
SolVista Golf Club, Granby , 9 miles away
Pole Creek Golf Club, Fraser , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Colorado River
Lost Lake, Grand , 13 miles away
Lake Granby, Grand , 13 miles away
Shadow Mountain Lake, Grand , 16 miles away

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