Best time to visit Colorado

Kayaking

Colorado whitewater rivers and crystal clear lakes with beautiful surroundings are perfect for adrenaline rides and peaceful puddling

Kayaking in Colorado - Best Time
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With 158 rivers, Colorado has everything for kayaking and boating adventures. Colorado’s kayaking season usually starts in May and lasts through September, with the best rides available in May and June. August is more suitable for relaxing kayaking trips.

Kayaking in Colorado - Best Season

One of the most popular spots is Cache la Poudre River near Fort Collins. It has some exciting Class V rapids and narrow passages. Other attractive places include Gore Creek near Vail and Colorado River near Grand Junction.

Kayaking and paddling the Cache la Poudre River near Fort Collins
Kayaking and paddling the Cache la Poudre River near Fort Collins

If you really enjoy whitewater kayaking you must visit Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area. There are Class IV and V rapids, not for the faint-hearted or beginners.

Best time for Kayaking in Colorado

If you are looking for more laid-back kayaking, check out Navajo Reservoir in Navajo State Park. The reservoir is big and kayaking is an excellent way to get around and enjoy its natural beauty.

On the Arkansas River
On the Arkansas River

Lake Pueblo is an easy kayaking spot for newbies and has rentals and plenty of facilities.

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