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Old 05-26-2016   #1
Frisco, Texas
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1st Timer--Need Help on Trip

Hey Guys,
I am coming into Denver on June 23rd for my 40th bday!! 6 of us guys are looking for a raft trip we can do on 23rd camp on River that night and raft about half the next day. We are wanting an unguided trip and want to try to find a place to rent a raft and do it on our own. We did kremmling a couple years back and did the upper Colorado which was great. We were just hoping for something different. We have a cabin just north of Winter Park so we want to find a place around there if possible. So to the dang question***Is there a place other than kremmling we can rent a raft and do some rafting we do t want to rent from Denver or Boulder and have to come all way back. Any suggestions of rivers and rentals somewhere in the Northwest ish.

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Old 05-26-2016   #2
All over, Colorado
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Are you sandbagging us? Your post says first timer. You should stay in Texas, Colorado's really gone to shit.

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Old 05-26-2016   #3
Frisco, Texas
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First Timer on Mountainbuzz!! Colorado is paradise!!
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Old 05-26-2016   #4
Frisco, Texas
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Just looking for some advice and help in planning a trip.
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Old 05-27-2016   #5
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Welcome to the Buzz. North west of Winter Park, day runs and overnight in Dinosaur National Monument (located in CO and UT)...Adrift Adventures, Jensen, UT would be a source of info...otherwise, south to Browns Canyon on the Arkansas River...Wilderness Aware Rafting, Buena Vista, CO as a contact. Hope this helps with rental and shuttle logistics, have a great time!
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Old 05-27-2016   #6
Fort Collins, Colorado
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You could also try further West over to Glenwood Canyon. I've never boated Glenwood Canton and it may not be a good idea for people who don't have a skilled and experienced guide.

Please keep in mind that experience riding in a guided raft is not skill! Not even close. Our water is cold, really, really, cold. If you flip and you are alone without another boat, people can get hurt, hypothermic and even drown while wearing PFDs.

Welcome to Colorado! Come back and see us again.
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Clear creek on I-70 on the way to Winter park if you all are skilled rafters, not much camping but there is always the Casinos in Blackhawk and Central City.
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Dking, giving us an idea of how experienced you are at running white water would help people help you out with your trip planning. Says you've been paddling since 4, so what rivers have you been on? Were you guiding on them, or a paddler, or a passenger?
Have you had any training in swift water rescue?
Nobody wants to get some one on a section of river where they could get hurt, because they are not up to that particular level of difficulty.
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Old 05-30-2016   #9
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I'd call around to some guided outfitters.
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Old 05-30-2016   #10
Salida, Colorado
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Ya you guys should hire someone. Snowpack still hasn't even started melting yet with rivers likely at high to very high stage throughout June, and that is no time to be teaching yourself.

Maybe Ruby Horsethief, but if that's at 15-20K it will still get the best of a boatful of rookies, regardless of where they're from. Good luck getting that permit though. You may find an outfitter that could take you join a 1 or 2 nighter there.

Truth is your timing puts you in conditions just about everywhere in CO that will be over your head for a self propelled venture. Hire someone to take the stress out and enjoy it.

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