Kayaking in Colorado

Kayaking Trips in Colorado

With the headwaters of 20 different rivers located in the state, Colorado has an abundance of kayaking opportunities from Class I floats to technical rapids and falls! Find kayaking trips in Colorado for every level of kayaker. Whether you're looking for a guided trip, kayak rentals, self-guided, day trip, multi-day trip, or anything in between, there's a kayaking trip in Colorado for you. If you've paddled Colorado before, be sure to share your trip with the rest of us!

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Guide to Kayaking in Colorado

Read on for guides to planning your own kayaking trip to Colorado, seeking out an outfitted trip, connecting with other Colorado paddlers, and many other resources! Find info or stories for any of the below CO-based paddling destinations:

  • Poudre River
  • Trout Lake
  • Colorado River (rapids in the upper sections)
  • Shadow Mountain Lake
  • Sylvan Lake

Kayaking Locations in Colorado

If you want to plot your own route, check out all paddling locations in Colorado! Search thousands of put-in and take-out locations on our Paddling Locations Map and be sure to download the Go Paddling app where you can save favorites or create and share a float plan!

Plan a Kayaking Trip in Colorado

Over the years, many of our paddlers have paddled throughout Colorado and were so generous to share their paddling experiences with us in a community trip report. Read a few examples of Colorado community trip reports below:

Have you paddled in Colorado? Post Your Trip and share with the community!

Connect with Kayakers in Colorado

Looking to connect with other paddlers in Colorado? Below are a number of resources to help get you started:

Kayak Outfitters in Colorado

Looking to rent a kayak or go on a guided trip? Check out these outfitters in Colorado:

Articles about Colorado Paddling

Applying the Principles of Leave no Trace

In the 30-odd years that the phrase has been in widespread use, "Leave No Trace" has emerged as the mantra for a generation of outdoor recreation fans. From signs in National Parks Service campsites, to posters in gear shops, the concept of "leave only footprints, take only memories" has defined the outdoor experience for millions of people worldwide.

Kayaking in Colorado