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Old 05-28-2013   #1
 
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New to rafting-where to go in Colorado?

I have just finished my first weekend on my new 14' raft with oars. I spent the weekend running Pumphouse the Statebridge and had an absolute blast.

I've had a buddy teach me the basics and I am feeling very comfortable on the oars. I'm planning on doing a lot of fishing and float trips this summer and have been researching places to go besides Pumphouse-Statebridge. My question is- Where would you all recommend I take my raft too? I don't need something too technical and I enjoy long days on the river, I also am based out of Denver.

So where should I head out this summer?

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Welcome to the Buzz..plenty of information and great people on here to help you every step of the way.

I would recommend heading over to Buena Vista/Salida area. The Arkansas has everything. I grew up spending my weekends in Brown's Canyon, so it has a special place in my heart...beautiful canyon, class III, great fishing. But pick your launch time correctly...she gets busy these days.

There is also the BV town run and fractions (and many others...but for your skill level these suggestions fit the bill).

Pick up a copy of "Whitewater of the Southern Rockies"...all the info you'll need on launch points, river difficulty, etc...
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North Platte can be exhilarating or deadly, depending on your experience level and water levels. It would be a good next multi day shot at lower levels, but at high water it can be deadly to the novice. A very narrow canyon with limited egress if you get into trouble, and some technical areas that demand confidence and the ability to keep your poop in a group when all about you madness reigns. Whether you take out at 6 mile or go all the way, the round trip/ take out sucks.
You will very much enjoy North Platte, but take some experienced people with you and be prepared to swim.

Yampa is a good one, but find out what Warm Springs is doing at high water first. It changed this year, and I don't think anyone has seen it in high water yet.

Ladore will knock your socks off; primo trip

A great 5 day endurance test is Desolation/Gray; rapids comparable to your pump house run, but 88 miles of.........desolation. Awful pretty if the wind stays down, hotter than a dance hall on Saturday night most times.

If it ever gets water in it again, Dolores. Go with experienced people who know the river; it has some tricky spots that can jam you up pretty quickly, but well worth the effort. My favorite of them all, even GC is a distant second.

West Water; at high water not for you, but at mid levels it will teach you to be humble. At low levels you should do OK.

Get some more friends who know what they are doing. Buy them beer. Talk to them. Run with them. Much more fun in a group.

Enjoy!
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North Platte can be exhilarating or deadly, depending on your experience level and water levels. It would be a good next multi day shot at lower levels, but at high water it can be deadly to the novice. A very narrow canyon with limited egress if you get into trouble, and some technical areas that demand confidence and the ability to keep your poop in a group when all about you madness reigns. Whether you take out at 6 mile or go all the way, the round trip/ take out sucks.
You will very much enjoy North Platte, but take some experienced people with you and be prepared to swim.

Yampa is a good one, but find out what Warm Springs is doing at high water first. It changed this year, and I don't think anyone has seen it in high water yet.

Ladore will knock your socks off; primo trip

A great 5 day endurance test is Desolation/Gray; rapids comparable to your pump house run, but 88 miles of.........desolation. Awful pretty if the wind stays down, hotter than a dance hall on Saturday night most times.

If it ever gets water in it again, Dolores. Go with experienced people who know the river; it has some tricky spots that can jam you up pretty quickly, but well worth the effort. My favorite of them all, even GC is a distant second.

West Water; at high water not for you, but at mid levels it will teach you to be humble. At low levels you should do OK.

Get some more friends who know what they are doing. Buy them beer. Talk to them. Run with them. Much more fun in a group.

Enjoy!
Shoshone in Glenwood Canyon is a great little run to prepare some of our more technical runs. Easy to scout and runnable late into the summer.
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