The mountain folk will call Colorado Springs a terrible place for a kayaker to live.
But for a guy who has to have a job there and is content to paddle once or twice a week, it's pretty good.
The take-out for Royal Gorge (class 4-minus (4)) is 45 minutes from the south end of the Springs, an hour from downtown.
The Pinnacle Rock/Parkdale stetch (class 3, decent play) is directly upstream of the Gorge.
The Numbers (class 4) and Browns Canyon (class 3) are nice runs that are about 2 hours and 15 minutes from the Springs.
All of the runs on the Poudre are about 2.5 hours from Springs.
Foxton and Waterton on the South Platte are about an hour and a half from Springs.
The Pueblo Whitewater Park is pretty good -- it's 45 minutes from the Springs.
There's the Golden whitewater park and the runs on Clear Creek, I guess about an hour and a half to two hours from Springs.
I'm sure there's some class 5 within two hours (Pine Creek, of course, for one, as well as Lake Creek) -- but I don't paddle class 5 (yet).
Really, the runs on the Eagle and Blue are within 2.5 hours (a reasonable day trip as far as I'm concerned).
Really, extending the radius from two hours to 2.5 hours makes a big difference for Springs boaters.
So that's a few anyway.