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Old 05-11-2008   #1
Fort Collins, Colorado
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Looking For Rivers Info

Hello to all,
I live in Ft. Colorado (moved last summer from Virginia).
I need help finding information on easy rivers to run. I have a 3 year old that I want to start taking out this season, but I have absolutely no idea where it will be safe to go, full day to overnight.
Can anyone recommend something? Or does anyone know a good guide book to buy? And by the way, how do you get hooked up with the boater's community in Colorado? In Virginia it was very easy to find people, I'm having a little hard time in Colorado.
PLEASE help!!!


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Old 05-11-2008   #2
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Upper Colorado below Pumphouse and Ruby Horshthief are the ones that pop into my head. I am going to be taking my almost 6 year old on a 3 day Pumphouse run Memorial weekend, see my thread on that. I also plan on taking the rest of our family including our 1 1/2 year old on Ruby later this summer. That run is pretty, but totally flat. The Upper C has some class II waves on it, but nothing major.

I have a Colorado Rivers and Creeks book and a Western Whitewater book, both 10 to 15 years old. I know the CR&C has been updated, but I think the WW book may be out of print. It's too bad as it covered multiple states.

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Old 05-11-2008   #3
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The Upper Colorado is one of your best chioces, class II-III from Pumphouse to Rancho Del Rio. You will have multiple options for 1 to 3+ day trips. The Colorado thru Ruby - Horesthief Canyons, west of Grand Junction (Loma to West Water Put In) is a flat water trip that is typically done in 2-3 days. The Colorado from Grizzley Creek to Glenwood Springs is easy and there are hot springs just above the take out. Also the Colorado from Cisco to Moab is good, class I - III depending on where you put in / take out. Labyrinth and Stillwater canyons on the Green are great if you want longer trips, 6-7 days each.
South West Whitewater (?) is a good reference and so is Colorado Creeks and Rivers if you can find a copy. Both are more oriented to Kayakers but have some good info about rafting.
My daughter started at 4 and we have done all these with her. She is very comfortable on and in the water and we are trying to progress with her so that she continues to be happy on the river.
If you would like more info about any of these feel free to PM. You didn't mention what your experience/comfort level is or what type of craft. These suggestions are appropriate for raft and some for canoe.
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Old 05-12-2008   #4
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I'd take the little tyke up to the Narrows on the Poudre. Randy Ramirez' kids kayak that run twice a week and they're about that age!
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