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Colorado whitewater, Roaring Fork

Pitkin county, Weller Lake to Difficult Campground section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V+     3.2 miles
  This section of Roaring Fork is 3.2 miles long and it is classified as a class V+ section by American Whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Colorado is often more difficult than elsewhere, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. The starting location is a short drive from Edwards, as you can see on the road map further down. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater
    rafting or kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good places. The beautiful scenery of Colorado and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water beats anything. 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. This is not the only paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too. This section is quite short so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great attractions for lots of people. The campgrounds here at Roaring Fork are pretty good.

about the general area:
The Sawyer Lake Trail offers hiking at its best, and Snowmass has good slopes and a friendly staff. You're sure to stumble upon some great people from Aspen here, and Roaring Fork is right by the Chapman Trail. A river like this is too good to miss. Roaring Fork is frequently a rather dried out spot. During the month of July you get the most rain around here while February is the month with the least amount of precipitation. High temperatures at Roaring Fork during the long summer days are in the 80's. Summer night lows drop down to the 40's.

Roaring Fork, Weller Lake to Difficult Campground 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, 2 miles away
      Class V+ - 3.2 miles long (Weller Lake to Difficult Campground)
Whitewater Outfitter - Aspen Whitewater Rafting, Pitkin County, 6 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Roaring Fork, Pitkin County, 6 miles away
      Class IV+ - 2 miles long (Aspen Music School to Slaughterhouse Bridge)
Roaring Fork, Pitkin County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.5 miles long (Aspen to Upper Woody Creek Bridge)
Fryingpan River, Eagle County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5.7 miles long (Upper)
Roaring Fork, Pitkin County, 13 miles away
      Class III - 3.8 miles long (Upper Woody Creek Bridge to Lower Woody Creek Bridge)
Lake Creek, Lake County, 15 miles away
      Class V+ - 9 miles long (Graham Gulch to 1/4 mi east of Monitor Gulch)
Whitewater Outfitter - Blazing Adventures, Pitkin County, 15 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Roaring Fork, Pitkin County, 15 miles away
      Class III - 6.2 miles long (Lower Woody Creek Bridge to Route 82 Bridge)
-blank-, Eagle County, 19 miles away
      Class IV - 5 miles long (Taylor Creek to Basalt)
 Ski Areas Near Roaring Fork:
Snowmass, Colorado , 3 miles away, 4406 foot drop, 21 lifts, 84 runs
Aspen Mountain, Colorado , 6 miles away, 3267 foot drop, 8 lifts, 76 runs
Aspen Highlands, Colorado , 8 miles away, 3635 foot drop, 4 lifts, 131 runs
Buttermilk, Colorado , 9 miles away, 2030 foot drop, 7 lifts, 41 runs
Crested Butte, Colorado , 20 miles away, 2775 foot drop, 16 lifts, 121 runs
Irwin Lodge, Colorado , 21 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 15 runs
Beaver Creek, Colorado , 30 miles away, 3340 foot drop, 25 lifts, 149 runs
Ski Cooper, Colorado , 33 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Vail, Colorado , 38 miles away, 3450 foot drop, 31 lifts, 193 runs
Sunlight Mountain, Colorado , 43 miles away, 2010 foot drop, 4 lifts, 67 runs
 Hotels Near Roaring Fork:
Frias Properties Aspen Homes, Aspen , 5 miles away
Chateau Eau Claire RoaringFork, Aspen , 5 miles away
Silverglo Condominiums, Aspen , 6 miles away
The Gant, Aspen , 6 miles away
Old Hundred, Aspen , 6 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Roaring Fork:
Weller Lake Campground, Pitkin County, 2 miles away
Difficult, Aspen, 2 miles away
Aspen Park Campground, Pitkin County, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Roaring Fork:
Sawyer Lake Trail, Pitkin , 10 miles away
Chapman Trail, Pitkin , 11 miles away
Star Trail, Gunnison , 12 miles away
Last Chance Trail, Eagle , 16 miles away
Matchless Trail, Gunnison , 16 miles away
 Public Lands Near Roaring Fork:
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, Gunnison - CO , 38 miles away
Curecanti National Recreation Area, Gunnison - CO , 38 miles away
Sylvan State Park, Colorado , 19 miles away
White River National Forest, Colorado , 20 miles away
San Isabel National Forest, Colorado , 38 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Roaring Fork:
Centerline Golf, Aspen , 6 miles away
Aspen Golf & Tennis Club, Aspen , 8 miles away
Maroon Creek Club, Aspen , 9 miles away
 Lakes Near Roaring Fork
Warren Lake, Pitkin , 2 miles away
Ivanhoe Lake, Pitkin , 18 miles away
LEDE Reservoir, Eagle , 18 miles away

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