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Old 02-07-2010   #11
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Originally Posted by Ricky NM View Post
"If you're comin' to CO. PUT yourself in CO......not in the megalopolis that is now the Denver area (that includes Co. Springs through Ft. Collins)." - but this statement is just plain stupid... The Ark is not much better traffic/density of people wise than the front range. Its by far the busiest stretch in CO and on weekends it's an all out clusterfuck...
Ricky, I think you get the prize for the biggest dumbass comment of the day. If you think the Ark Valley is comparable to the front range for traffic/people, then it's probably best you just stay in Boulder.
Although I would suggest avoiding Brown's Canyon on holidays and busy summer weekends.

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Old 02-07-2010   #12
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Let me rephrase... He is looking for class 3-4 to run this summer. The Ark is what everybody has suggested, as well as myself (I have nothing against the Ark). So what run does that send him to? Browns Canyon? "I would suggest avoiding Brown's Canyon on holidays and busy summer weekends". I would argue that most summer weekends are busy summer weekends on the Ark, others may beg differ. However, I think my point was missed. I was not saying that the traffic of people is comparable to the front range, but rather that the river traffic is high enough (especially Browns) that you're not really "putting yourself in CO".

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Old 02-07-2010   #13
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Second the Granite recommendation. It is an awesome III-IV stretch and you rarely see other people on it. The dam portage is super easy and the Pine Creek portage is pretty chill too, albeit a lot longer.

A good long day is to paddle Granite to BV, take a little break, then put on Brown's around 5 or 6 and takeout as the sun sets at Stone Bridge.

Pinnacle Rock to Canon City is also a nice day, especially at high water. Both sections (Parkdale and Royal Gorge) are fantastic with a lot (2500+) of water.

Two days and you've seen most of the III-IV on the Ark.
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Old 02-07-2010   #14
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It's not a cluster%$# at all. Brown's Canyon is the only BV run that gets pretty busy on weekends with rafts, but even at peak, it's still enjoyable and you can time your run to avoid much of it. I concur with the majority on the BV area due to the variety of opportunities.

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