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Re: [Trails-and-Ales-Hiking-and-Snowshoe-Etc­-Group] Water Trails

From: Melicious
Sent on: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 3:15 PM
Late June was pretty good for the Royal Gorge area--though the water was so high the main drag under the bridge was closed due to deaths in the prior week. But we did the area above that and it was great. A lot of areas you don't want to wait until July because the water levels will really drop and it's not very exciting to just mosy along at a snail's pace. I'd say come up with a tentative plan, and as the time nears, you may have to switch to another location--the one we did worked because there was the other part of the river right there.

I'm pretty sure the rafting company we used was Whitewater Adventure Outfitters (I can check my photos to see the logo on the raft if you want to know for sure); they were friendly, fun, and provided us a tasty fresh-grilled lunch before we hit the river again. Due to the location (2+ hours away) though, I'd recommend this with camping over the weekend. There was a campground nearby where we stayed that was pretty basic but good! FYI the Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival is on the weekend of the 23rd, and there's also a winery (Holy Cross) nearby that was a nice stop afterward for my group (can't recall if we went that evening or the next day), which happened to be holding a little festival. There is also a monthly second Saturday festival in Canon City.


On Tue, Apr 16, 2013 at 12:45 PM, Roger <[address removed]> wrote:
I've rafted the Podure River in June and it was so fricking cold (air temps in the 40s!)- so don't recommend going that early or north. Rapids were very good though - class V+.
I've also rafted Brown's Canyon later in summer and the weather was warmer and nice for camping as well. Water levels were lower and kind of tame, however.
Both outfitters were experienced and safe.

I've tubed in Clear Creek above Golden in May (or June?) and it was challenging and fun (no boring slow floats where you can stand up with water below the waist like back East). July or August would probably be nicer for warmer weather and I don't think the water levels there would drop that much. This is a short stretch were you can hike the parallel trail and repeat as many times as you want or hike farther up for a longer trip (not sure how far up as I only did the short hike). We just did this as a group on our own, so the only cost was for an inner tube, beer, and food. There is also a small brewery/beer garden place within walking distance in Golden that serves food as well.

On Sun, Apr 14, 2013 at 11:42 AM, Rob <[address removed]> wrote:

Hello T&A members:



I have had some inquiry into doing rafting, kayaking, etc., this summer with the group. Does anyone have any Colorado-specific experience with such activities?





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