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Old 01-19-2009   #11
Denver, Colorado
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If you are around Denver/ Boulder in May through July there are many IV day runs you can do and be back to town for the evening.Clear Creek has 3 class IV ish runs that are fun w/easy logistics if not great scenery,there is a play park and class V run too.NFk. So. Platte,South Boulder Creek,Boulder Creek,the St. Vrains have a variety of III - V runs and play parks within apx. an hour.The Poudre , Ark, and Summit county stuff can be done as day runs too if you don't mind driving ,avoid I -70 ,into Denver from the mountains, like the plague on Sunday afternnoons!!

Southwestern Colorado is unbelievably beautiful ,runs a little earlier,lots of III and difficult creekin' some IV.

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Old 01-19-2009   #12
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Timing: First 1/2 of June is close to peak and will likely give the best paddling options. May 15 - June 1 there are options but cooler weather can slow things down and you might be facing low water. After June 15, there is still water into July, but things are trending down. If you want the best action, show up first or second week of June.

Guide book: whitewater of the southern rockies is the most recent guidebook that has loads of info and has really good flow beta for min/med/high etc.

Online: has online writeups for all of the colorado runs you could be interested in to get your appetite going. Good resource as well

Hooking up with locals should be no problem for most of the major drainages mentioned. Many boaters use the trip planner fuction on here to hook up with other boaters to share shuttles etc.

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Old 01-19-2009   #13
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stay front range you can drive from ft collins to the royal gorge canon city on the arkansas in about 3 hours. royal gorge is a must see super beautiful deep gorge. you can actually combine parkdale strech with the gorge to make it like 20 miles or something super fun.
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Old 01-19-2009   #14
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Without a doubt the Upper Animas. Check into doing it as a two-day trip with the narrow gauge train dropping off your overnight gear at Needleton. Amazing place. Amazing river. Fun, easy overnighter.

Then pick between the Arkansas Valley (Salida, Buena Vista) or the Roaring Fork Valley (Aspen) for the rest of your trip.

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