Classic: Rafting the Roaring Fork River
Blazing Adventures, Elk Mountain Expeditions and Aspen Whitewater Rafting all offer a combination of rafting trips down the Roaring Fork River, but Class IV Slaughterhouse Falls (for experienced rafters ages 14 and older) near Aspen and the Class III Upper Roaring Fork are the ultimate in action-packed spring runs.
Alternative: Paddleboarding North Star Nature Preserve
Two miles east of town, North Star Nature Preserve meanders from Wildwood Lane to a bridge at mile marker 42, offering a flat-water dream. The area protects 10 vegetation communities and more than 140 species, so float like a local—quietly and respectfully.
Upgrade: Private raft trip to Glenwood Springs
Book a private trip with Elk Mountain Expeditions down the Class II Lower Roaring Fork from Carbondale to Glenwood Springs to experience the abundant wildlife (think bald eagles and river otters) on this calm stretch of water. Prices vary
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