Colorado River (Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park)
|Stretch:||Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park|
|Difficulty:||Class II to III|
|Flows:||500 to ~2,000 cfs. USGS Crystal River above Avalanche Creek gauge|
|Put-in:||Penny Hot Springs|
|Season:||Year round, dam release|
Colorado Road Trip 2021: Day 11 Evening
I am told this has water most of the year, it gets low and it is a pocket feature, and it gets high and it is a powerful feature. We had 5,600 cfs and it was powerful for sure in the middle but also totally fine. I only had my antix so I just shoulder surfed the surfers right side. There was a very small front surf wave far left. But the main feature at that flow was surfers right, a nice retentive pile that wasn't overly trashy. Those in playboats were throwing cartwheels and loops. I am sure the pros could do much much more here. The main access is on river left. There is also access and a grassy lawn on river right (which we used as we had kids and wanted the afternoon shade and the lawn to cook out on), the downside of this side is that the parking is on the onramp to the highway, so for us camping in New Castle, we had to go the wrong way on the highway, exit, turn around, and come back. But, so be it.
Access: Heading west on US-70, 1.8 miles past CO-82 in Glenwood Springs take the exit 144 for County Highway 133. Go around the traffic circle and cross under US-70. There is parking on the onramp heading to 70E on your left, this side has nice grass etc. Or, continue on Co Hwy 133 (Midland Ave) over the river and take your first left onto Devereux and park. This is the official Whitewater Park's access.
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