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Where to Kayak in Colorado—No Matter Your Level

Six outstanding whitewater runs to add to this fall’s “must-do” list. By Terri Cook for Westword Magazine Summer is in full swing, and the state’s rivers are primed for kayaking after all the recent rain. While paddlers might be thrilled to seize the opportunity to run a few stretches, with the waters high, it’s more important than ever to keep safety first. Matt Mattes, head guide at Dvorak Expeditions, the state’s first (and longest) licensed outfitter, says that paddlers should check run descriptions, which often depend upon the flows, and the latest water levels, before launching—while high-flowing rivers are a kayaker’s dream, they can also be a nightmare if you’re not prepared. “The rating scales have a lot to do with water levels (how big and pushy versus technical and rocky), and how accessible a run is (how far from…

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August 22, 2016

America’s Oldest and Boldest Whitewater Festival!

From For full 2016 schedule visit FIBArk Website. Every year in June during the Arkansas River runoff in Salida, Colorado, a festival occurs called FIBArk or “First In Boating the Arkansas.” The festival focuses on whitewater boat races and paddlers from around the nation and world come to compete. The town is consumed…

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June 15, 2016

Over the River Project and Wildlife Consequences

We’ve talked a lot about how important it is to protect and preserve every part of this great land. With Christo’s Over the River project moving forward, you may have some questions about how this type of art installation will affect the surrounding wildlife. Over the River is committed to conservation Christo and Jeanne-Claude, the…

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March 13, 2015