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Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park
The first whitewater park built anywhere on the entire length of the Colorado River, Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park has become a destination for paddling enthusiasts from around the globe. The park river improvements and the creation of the wave were completed in 2008, to the delight of the local and regional paddling and stand-up surfing communities. Depending on river flows, there is the G-wave, and also a “hole” at the feature. It is most popular with users from May through September. It was selected as the site for the 2009 U.S. Freestyle Kayaking Team Trials and has been getting rave reviews from paddlers ever since.
A terraced spectator area is the perfect perch from which to watch seasoned kayakers perform or try to perform a variety of tricks that go by names like McNasty, Phonix Monkey, Space Godzilla and Lunar Orbit. Even if they get chundered, think spin cycle on your washing machine, the indefatigable athletes continue to come back again and again for more whitewater action.
The Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park’s main feature is a standing wave, also known as a G-wave. Depending on the time of year, flows can range from 4,000 to 22,000 cubic feet per second. Other features include a hole on river left, a smaller standing wave on river right and learning pools for practicing skills. At high water levels, the feature blends to form one very wide wave. Stream navigability is maintained at all flows for river craft with a clean boat passage being far river right.
Safety and Directions
Paddlers may use the park at their own risk. Helmets and personal floatation devices are required. Boaters crossing Midland Avenue should be aware of traffic and always use the crosswalk. Adults, please carefully supervise children and pets.
Glenwood Springs White Water Park is located along the Colorado River in West Glenwood Springs, immediately off the Interstate-70 exit in West Glenwood (exit 114), just upstream of the Midland Avenue Bridge.
Find out more about parking, events and river flows, and watch freestyle kakaying videos at the Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park Website