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Colorado River. When the ski season is over and Colorado's "white gold" starts to melt, many ski instructors swap their sticks for paddles and hit the mighty Colorado River for the spring and summer rafting seasons. Stomach-churning holes, chutes, and waves beckon adrenaline junkies, while calmer souls can revel in the shade of Glenwood Canyon's towering walls. Glenwood Springs, CO.
Outfitter and Expeditions
Blue Sky Adventures. At this outfitter, you can book a "Pedals & Paddles" package that includes a half-day raft trip with Blue Sky Adventures, followed by a bike rental from next-door sister company, Canyon Bikes. 319 6th St., Glenwood Springs, CO, 81601. 970/945-6605 or 877/945-6605. www.blueskyadventure.com.
Whitewater Rafting, LLC. This company offers tours that include the "Double Shoshone" tour, where you run the area's most hair-raising white-water rapids—twice. 2000 Devereux Rd., Glenwood Springs, CO, 81601. 970/945–8477 or 800/993–7238. www.coloradowhitewaterrafting.com.
Rock Gardens Rafting. In addition to half- and full-day trips on the Colorado River, Rock Gardens Rafting rents inflatable kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. 1308 County Rd. 129, Glenwood Springs, CO, 81601. 970/945-6737 or 800/958-6737. www.rockgardens.com.
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