With the Rocky mountains and beautiful flowing waters flowing through Colorado has some rivers that run through some of the most beautiful terrain in the world.
BOULDER CREEK - BOULDER
The tube float runs right through town, but is surrounded by trees, so you still get a natural setting. There are quite a few rapids sections on the route, which add a little adventure - not exactly a lazy river ride here. the route is pretty close ot the University of Colorado, so expect to see some college kids having a good time. Expect this float to take about 2 hours
Cache La Poundre River - Upper Route
This upper section of the Cache La Poudre River is much more active than the lower route through Fort Collins, with frequent rapids sections. Adds a spot of fun, but also a spot of danger, so be careful out there, fellow floaters! Life jackets are recommended, especially for the kids Expect the tubing trip to take 2-3 hours
CACHE LA POUNDRE - FORT COLLINS
This section of the Cache La Poudre is much calmer than the upper section. It will take about 4 hours to tube the whole thing There are some un-floatable sections of the river that you need to get out and walk around, which are marked on our map. Other hazards may exist, so keep your wits about you. Stay safe!
CLEAR CREEK WHITEWATER - DENVER
This tubing river has quite a few class II rapids on it, so recommended for strong swimmers only and best to wear a life jacket. Be safe and know what you're in for! The float will take about 3 hours and make sure to get there early on weekends as parking is limited at Rancheria..
COLORADO River - DOTSERO
This section of the river is long and has plenty of split and little rapids to add some adventure to the tubing trip. Rapids get up to class II, depending on the month. Wear a lifejacket - the Colorado is not a river to be taken lightly. Don't run rapids unless you're aware of the consequences - IE don't go blindly around corners etc. Cottonwood Island to Lyons Gulch: 2-3 hours Lyons Gulch to Dotsero Boat Launch: 4-5 hours Dotsero Boat Launch to Bair Ranch: 6-7 hours
COLORADO RIVER - STATE BRIDGE
This section of the mighty Colorado river is generally pretty wide and the rapids aren't as crazy as on other sections. Much more appropriate for tube floating. The Colorado is still a powerful river and should be respected, so lifejackets are recommended for this one while tubing. Duration of each section will be in the 4-6 hour range, so plan on making a day of it and don't expect to run the whole thing. Parking passes for the lots in the are are $5 per car per day. Season passes are $20. Passes are available from the BLM Kremmling Field Office - 970.724.3000 (Mon-Fri 8 to 4:30)
SAN JUAN RIVER - PAGOSA SPRINGS
The town of Pagosa Springs operates this section of the river and has built some features into the river for tubers and kayakers to enjoy. You'll want to go in July or August when the water levels are a little lower and the rapids are more mellow. This is a pretty quick float - less than an hour. The river looks floatable outside of this stretch, but no info could be found online. Ask around with the locals and see what they say for a longer float - and let us know so we can update the map! Water levels: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?09342500 Thanks to http://www.uncovercolorado.com for the details on this one!
SOUTH PLATTE RIVER - DENVER
This is a very long floatable section of the South Platte River right through Denver. There are numerous pullouts along the way, so plan you route depending on how long you want to float that day. Don't expect to do the whole thing in one shot. The river can get pretty low, so best to go in June/July. There are many man-made obstacles designed for kayakers and tubers to enjoy. some can be quite dangerous, depending on the water level. Wear a lifejacket and know what you're in for. Be sure to look into the current water quality as there is a loot of run-off entering the river at various points.
YAMPA RIVER - STEAMBOATS SPRINGS
This casual float through Steamboat Springs takes about 1 hour to tube. Much of the river bank in the section is private property so keep that in mind when you plan your entry/exit points. This is the most popular route on the river, but other routes are available. Rapids on the Yampa can be pretty intense, so play it safe. Legal note: Kids under 13 years old are required to wear a life jacket