Originally Posted by GoodTimes
Texas to CO.......I think the paddling will be better no matter where you end up in the state.
Denver's pretty sweet. There are plenty of quick afterwork runs you can get in from I-V within an hours drive. Peak run-off will be from about mid-may to mid-june......maybe late june.....and the waters slowly decrease in flow throughout July. August can be good, just depends on the season, but it'll definitely be average flows at best. September still offers some boating but may be a drive.
Depending on what you like to paddle.....some creeks will start to flow NOW....early/mid April. We're still kinda waiting.
The season is fast and furious, everything blows up and it's hard to decide where to go for about 2 months (cause almost everything is good). After that....it's "what's best".
Hope that helps. Pick up a copy of "Whitewater of the Southern Rockies"....it's the new testament around these parts.
Right on the money! I would also get familiar with a page that has CO streamflows- EddyFlower
and American Whitewater
both have good listings- by watching those and reading the bible (and dealing with all the smart asses on here.....
) you should get a pretty good idea of what is going when, and then you can pretty much decide what you feel like. GoodTimes is right though, when its on, its on, and its a whirldwind. its tough to try and get to everything you want, so bottom line, unless you're larger-than-life like yourrealdad than you're best picking a few favorites in a few general areas and then trying to hit them, and whatever you can in between. it sounds chaotic, and it is, but with so much good water everywhere, you will be running something good no matter where you go! thats the beauty of Colorado.
helpful hint, drop a shout before you go somewhere, there usually is an abundance of local boaters wherever you go that are more than willing to guide or tag along as well!