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Traveling to CO this spring/summer. I have friends out there but they don't do whitewater. I am experienced- learned to paddle on the Potomac/the James. anyone willing to buddy up for future trips? When do folks like to start getting out on the water?

Really looking forward to getting to CO.
 

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Colorado Governor Jared Polis has issued a statewide stay at home order going into effect Thursday at 6 a.m. until April 11.
"Now is the time to stay at home," Polis says, adding that "the patriotism of those who take this seriously will save countless lives."
According to the Governor's Office:

  • Coloradoans must stay home unless for necessary business
  • Critical businesses are exempt from this Executive Order
Critical businesses must comply with social distancing requirements
 

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By summer we will either get through this and re-open our economy or head toward anarchy. We have only 2 roads ahead, and the Politicians, Media and the Sheepble will decide our fates before too long. Its spring now, and traveling is not a good idea. I would assume April is out, and May is a long shot at this point. Hopefully we just come out of this in May with hopeless debt we can put off a few more years before it really falls apart and we can get some some boating in this summer.
 

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For us, outdoor exercise is allowed as long as social distancing is respected. Maybe that's not the vibe in CO?

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Colorado Governor Jared Polis has issued a statewide stay at home order going into effect Thursday at 6 a.m. until April 11.
"Now is the time to stay at home," Polis says, adding that "the patriotism of those who take this seriously will save countless lives."
According to the Governor's Office:

  • Coloradoans must stay home unless for necessary business
  • Critical businesses are exempt from this Executive Order
Critical businesses must comply with social distancing requirements
 

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For us, outdoor exercise is allowed as long as social distancing is respected. Maybe that's not the vibe in CO?

Well, it is for locals, they are trying to stop visitors from coming and introducing the virus. All our hotels are shut down, anything that's deemed non essential is shut down, I laughed when they declared the pot shops essential, but they are drive thru only. Chaffee and Fremont counties where I live have pulled in the welcome mat and Gunnison went as far as to close the town to visitors. Stay away is the word of the day. Summit county, a super tourist destination hasn't done any of this, and last I heard they have 130+ cases of the virus.
 

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For us, outdoor exercise is allowed as long as social distancing is respected. Maybe that's not the vibe in CO?
The kicker is the shuttle. I'm thinking of my friends with trucks - one person rides in the back, the other in the front and we're golden!

Actually it sounds like the first wave will be over by June, so we might be able to have a semi-normal season. It doesn't look like a very promising season though.
 

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Colorado Governor Jared Polis has issued a statewide stay at home order going into effect Thursday at 6 a.m. until April 11.
"Now is the time to stay at home," Polis says, adding that "the patriotism of those who take this seriously will save countless lives."
According to the Governor's Office:

  • Coloradoans must stay home unless for necessary business
  • Critical businesses are exempt from this Executive Order
Critical businesses must comply with social distancing requirements
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James, try Facebook's "Front Range Kayakers". It's a much better resource for getting a crew together. This is a start.

Next, using your discretion, we are under a Stay at Home order. You will not be arrested, stopped, or ticketed. Many common public gathering areas, like popular parks are taped off or closed...a few hundred people ruins it. However, you're allowed for essential travel, including exercise / well being. People are paddling, but either solo or in smaller groups adhering to physical distancing. You can figure out shuttle. My family is a very active family and we get out, like much of my circle. But, we are careful.
 

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James,
I'm sure you're aware of the state of things and are doing your due diligence to respect everyone during this time. When you do make it out here, where will you be around the state? It's a big place out here and it might help to narrow that down to find paddling friends. If you're on the west slope, would love to get out and boat, that is unless my work for the summer in Washington ever comes through!
have fun and be safe everyone!
 

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James,

As for your question - I generally figure the water in Colorado gets going in May. There's boating before this (you can run Glenwood Canyon all year), but it's cold and most runs won't have water before this. Early runs include Cross Mountain (Yampa), Escalante Creek (the one in Colorado), and Piedra.

Late May through June and into July is the normal boating season. If you're planning a trip for boating, June is generally when you want to be here. But Colorado is a big state, drainages vary in elevation, some runs (like the Big South) are accessed by roads that are closed until the water is about gone, so you'll want to be flexible. You didn't say anything about the level or kind of rivers you're interested in, to this is all general. If it's a big year and you're an intermediate boater, you might find high water in mid-June is more than you bargained for. If you're a Cl V boater, just go for it. Either way, you'll want a copy of the guide - Whitewater of the Southern Rockies.

I don't think we'll be out of lockdown before June, so plan accordingly.

Happy boating!
 

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Thanks

Guys, thanks for the information. Due to covid stuff, I am now looking potentially arriving in CO in July.

I just have one general question, if anyone can help.

I am concerned about my work schedule preventing me from getting out to the water in the early mornings. I may be working nights, and will be waking up around noon/ 1PM. I will be in the Denver area, are there runs accessible within an hour or two?? Is it a thing for Denver folks to start getting on the road to kayak around noon? Not a huge fan of paddling alone. For example, I currently live 30 minutes from a couple fun stretches of water- able to get in the car at 5 PM (in summer) and get some paddling in.
 

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Guys, thanks for the information. Due to covid stuff, I am now looking potentially arriving in CO in July.

I just have one general question, if anyone can help.

I am concerned about my work schedule preventing me from getting out to the water in the early mornings. I may be working nights, and will be waking up around noon/ 1PM. I will be in the Denver area, are there runs accessible within an hour or two?? Is it a thing for Denver folks to start getting on the road to kayak around noon? Not a huge fan of paddling alone. For example, I currently live 30 minutes from a couple fun stretches of water- able to get in the car at 5 PM (in summer) and get some paddling in.
You should be fine, as a gerneral rule it could be harder to find paddling partners before noon unless the run warrants it. Kayaker stereotypes and normal work schedules also add credence to lots of evening paddling.
 

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Guys, thanks for the information. Due to covid stuff, I am now looking potentially arriving in CO in July.

I just have one general question, if anyone can help.

I am concerned about my work schedule preventing me from getting out to the water in the early mornings. I may be working nights, and will be waking up around noon/ 1PM. I will be in the Denver area, are there runs accessible within an hour or two?? Is it a thing for Denver folks to start getting on the road to kayak around noon? Not a huge fan of paddling alone. For example, I currently live 30 minutes from a couple fun stretches of water- able to get in the car at 5 PM (in summer) and get some paddling in.
James. get on Facebooks: Front Range Kayakers for paddling crews. People are paddling the local creeks, but being discreet due to teh unnecessary closure of lower clear creek. Water is coming up, and people are getting out and ignoring that "10 miles" thing.
 
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