Colorado River Canoe & Kayak Trip Info
This stretch of the Colorado River is located 115 miles W of Denver right off of I-70.
This part of the Colorado river runs right along the interstate so there is some traffic noise and the views would be better off without it of course. The scenery is worth putting up with the interstate noise though. The put in is very easy access and the take out is easy access. You will see other canoe and kayaks on this stretch of the river occasionally, but if you go on a weekday, you can often have the river to yourself.
Warnings, Tips, & Other Details
At 1900 CFS this trip takes about two hours at a relaxed pace. The last 1/3 of this trip the current slows to almost a crawl as you get near shoshone damn. If you park at the Hanging lake rest area and take a bicycle on the bike path to get to the put in at Bair Ranch, the ride is very easy and will take about 35 minutes at a good speed. There are no rapids in this section and no difficult obstacles in the Colorado river. Winds in the afternoon here can pick up out of nowhere so it is best to be off the river before noon or be prepared.
Where to Park
Colorado River going through Glenwood Canyon
My mother and father. I put my father in one of the inflatable kayaks and hooked him up with a battery and electric trolling motor. I put my mom in the "hard shell" clear canoe with a 5 hp gas motor on it.