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Old 05-16-2016   #1
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Advice for class 3/4 paddler visiting Colorado in June?

Hey Everyone,

I'm cross country road tripping and will be in Colorado late June/early July. I'm a decent class 3/4 paddler. What are some rivers I should be sure to hit? Any advice for linking up with people to paddle with? I'll be staying with a buddy in Denver part of the time but mostly camping. Anyone know any good free/cheap campsites near rivers?

Any other advice or suggestions are welcome. Thanks!


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Old 05-16-2016   #2
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Poudre, (maybe Clear Creek/South Platte) Arkansas, Eagle..... those are the closest and most obvious. Colorado at Shoshone, Roaring Fork, Taylor and Crystal are other possibilities.
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dress warm, you'll probably want a dry top even in June or July. From Denver you'll get the most bang for your buck camping in the Arkansas Valley and running Browns/Fractions/Numbers and maybe Royal Gorge. Free camping is easy to find up there.

Poudre Canyon is also amazing with tons of III/IV, but less free camping, mostly campgrounds.
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Old 05-17-2016   #4
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I'd lobby for a run or two in Taylor Canyon in the Gunnison Valley you can put in at Todd's Slot for a bonus IV. Its not the biggest river but its a beautiful canyon and lots of free camping in the area. You would also be able to hitchhike shuttle this easily. Check out Spring Creek for camping if the Taylor is full. A drive up to Crested Butte never hurts either. While your up there you could even run the east river but its probably only a II/III stretch.
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