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5 Great Paddleboarding Spots in Colorado

By Madison Dragna

5 Great Paddleboarding Spots in Colorado

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Colorado is the perfect place to try your hand at paddleboarding. With incredible scenery and a number of reservoirs and lakes to choose from, beginners to advanced paddleboarders will all find a great spot to explore. Known as SUP, which simply means stand-up paddleboard, this outdoor activity is one of the best ways to explore Colorado’s natural water features. Get out on the water at these five great paddleboarding spots in Colorado. 

1. Grand Lake

This wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Grand Lake. Grand Lake is Colorado’s largest and deepest lake. If that doesn’t make you want to get out on the water, maybe the location of Grand Lake will. Located in Grand Lake, Colorado, this city is near one of the best parks in the state, Rocky Mountain National Park. Since it's nestled into one of the most scenic areas of Colorado, there are definitely incredible mountain views seen from Grand Lake. As you paddleboard your way through this massive lake, you surely won’t miss the snow-capped mountains in the background, particularly the 12,000-foot mountain Mt. Craig. Launch your paddleboard from the beach or by Point Park. For those who don’t have their own board, the Grand Lake Marina provides rentals.

2. Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park, Glenwood Springs, CO

This stand-up paddleboarding spot is perfect for those seeking a challenge. The Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park is a whitewater park right on the Colorado River. Located in the lovely town of Glenwood Springs, the Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park offers rentals along with lessons. However this spot is recommended for more seasoned paddlers, especially those that want to improve and advance their skills. Consider this paddleboarding spot a river surfing destination. After an adrenaline-filled day out paddleboarding on the Colorado River, hit up the Glenwood Springs hot springs for a relaxing soak. 

3. Horsetooth Reservoir

West of Fort Collins is the beloved Horsetooth Reservoir. This 6.5-mile reservoir is a local favorite, so you will most likely see a number of outdoor enthusiasts, from kayakers to boaters, on this Colorado paddleboarding spot. The best places to paddleboard in Horsetooth Reservoir are on the north shore, where there are a number of wake-free areas and coves to explore. In particular, North Eltuck, South Eltuck and Soldier coves are perfect places to paddle for calm waters and beautiful scenery. For rentals, head to Inlet Bay Marina or Mountain’ SUP at Santanka Cove. 

4. Lake Dillon, Dillon, CO

Head to Summit County to paddle in Lake Dillon in Dillon, Colorado. Summit County is already known for outstanding views of the Rockies, so it should come as no surprise that the views from Lake Dillon are breathtaking. The Frisco Bay Marina does offer rentals. However you can bring your own board too, along with a life jacket, and head out from one of the marinas. Do keep in mind that this lake can get windy, so a morning paddleboarding session may be ideal, or at least make sure to stay near the shore. 

5. Big Soda Lake, Lakewood, CO

For those in Denver or Boulder, Big Soda Lake is a great option that is near these metropolitans. Located in Lakewood, Big Soda Lake is actually near Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater. So after checking out Red Rocks, hit up the reservoir for some great paddleboarding. You are sure to have a quiet and peaceful time, since motorboats are not allowed in this lake reservoir. 

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