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Colorado whitewater, Roaring Fork

Pitkin county, Aspen Music School to Slaughterhouse Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV+     2 miles
  If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more demanding, so keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less manageable. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Edwards, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. The nature scenery of Pitkin County and the playfulness of the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. Whether you're
    whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. The Aspen Music School to Slaughterhouse Bridge stretch is
one of many paddling stretches in this river system. Getting your paddling muscles activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors will have you coming back for more. There are some good hotels near the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. This is a pretty short section so no need to bring snacks.

Briefly about the general area:
If you're popping by Roaring Fork from Aspen, you won't
be the only one, and close by you find Slaughterhouse Gulch which is a tremendous place to stop by. Good hiking is available along the Chapman Trail, and you can never get enough of the delightful skiing at Aspen Mountain. This river is a wonderful place to visit. Go for a hike on the Sawyer Lake Trail. At Roaring Fork you donít see much precipitation. July is the wettest month with most rain, and February is the month with the least moisture. Summertime brings highs in the 80's to Roaring Fork, and throughout the night it cools down to the 40's. The winter comes with highs in the 30's, and after the sun is down during the winter temperatures at Roaring Fork drop into the 0's.

Roaring Fork, Aspen Music School to Slaughterhouse 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 Roaring Fork.
 Whitewater Near Roaring Fork:
Roaring Fork, Pitkin County, 1 miles away
      Class IV+ - 2 miles long (Aspen Music School to Slaughterhouse Bridge)
Roaring Fork, Pitkin County, 1 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.5 miles long (Aspen to Upper Woody Creek Bridge)
Whitewater Outfitter - Aspen Whitewater Rafting, Pitkin County, 1 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Roaring Fork, Pitkin County, 6 miles away
      Class III - 3.8 miles long (Upper Woody Creek Bridge to Lower Woody Creek Bridge)
Roaring Fork, Pitkin County, 8 miles away
      Class III - 6.2 miles long (Lower Woody Creek Bridge to Route 82 Bridge)
Roaring Fork, Pitkin County, 9 miles away
      Class V+ - 3.2 miles long (Weller Lake to Difficult Campground)
Whitewater Outfitter - Blazing Adventures, Pitkin County, 9 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
-blank-, Eagle County, 12 miles away
      Class IV - 5 miles long (Taylor Creek to Basalt)
Roaring Fork, Eagle County, 14 miles away
      Class III+ - 4.4 miles long (Seven Castles to Basalt 7-11)
Fryingpan River, Eagle County, 14 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5.7 miles long (Upper)
 Ski Areas Near Roaring Fork:
Aspen Mountain, Colorado , 1 miles away, 3267 foot drop, 8 lifts, 76 runs
Buttermilk, Colorado , 2 miles away, 2030 foot drop, 7 lifts, 41 runs
Aspen Highlands, Colorado , 2 miles away, 3635 foot drop, 4 lifts, 131 runs
Snowmass, Colorado , 4 miles away, 4406 foot drop, 21 lifts, 84 runs
Crested Butte, Colorado , 19 miles away, 2775 foot drop, 16 lifts, 121 runs
Irwin Lodge, Colorado , 20 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 15 runs
Beaver Creek, Colorado , 30 miles away, 3340 foot drop, 25 lifts, 149 runs
Sunlight Mountain, Colorado , 37 miles away, 2010 foot drop, 4 lifts, 67 runs
Ski Cooper, Colorado , 37 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Vail, Colorado , 39 miles away, 3450 foot drop, 31 lifts, 193 runs
 Hotels Near Roaring Fork:
Aspen Mountain Lodge, Aspen , 1 miles away
Bluegreen Vacations Innsbruck Aspen, Ascend Resort Collection, Aspen , 1 miles away
Innsbruck By Frias Properties, Aspen , 1 miles away
The Annabelle Inn, Aspen , 1 miles away
The Bluegreen Innsbruck Aspen, Aspen , 1 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Roaring Fork:
Aspen Park Campground, Pitkin County, 4 miles away
Maroon Creek Campground 1, Pitkin County, 5 miles away
Difficult, Aspen, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Roaring Fork:
Sawyer Lake Trail, Pitkin , 13 miles away
Chapman Trail, Pitkin , 14 miles away
Trail Riders Trail, Gunnison , 16 miles away
Antone Trail, Eagle , 17 miles away
Last Chance Trail, Eagle , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Roaring Fork:
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, Gunnison - CO , 43 miles away
Curecanti National Recreation Area, Gunnison - CO , 43 miles away
Sylvan State Park, Colorado , 16 miles away
White River National Forest, Colorado , 21 miles away
Gunnison National Forest, Colorado , 37 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Roaring Fork:
Aspen Golf & Tennis Club, Aspen , 1 miles away
Centerline Golf, Aspen , 1 miles away
Maroon Creek Club, Aspen , 2 miles away
 Lakes Near Roaring Fork
Warren Lake, Pitkin , 5 miles away
LEDE Reservoir, Eagle , 15 miles away
Geneva Lake, Gunnison , 18 miles away

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