Paddle Boarding in Colorado

Surf’s up in Glenwood Springs, try standup paddleboarding on the Colorado River. A challenging way to enjoy the beautiful river, learn the basics in less than an hour! A one-hour lesson is all most people need to learn the basics of stand-up paddle boarding.

The best way to get started in this sport is with instruction from one of Glenwood’s SUPing outfitters. In a class, participants will learn essentials like how to go from a kneeling to a standing position, how to find the sweet spot or balance point on the board, how to turn and even the proper way to fall off a board.

The Colorado River around Glenwood Springs has plenty of calm places to practice. For visitors who want to take their skills to the next level, the Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park offers new challenges to master and an audience of spectators. Paddle boarding in Colorado in the experience of a lifetime!

Golden Rules of Stand Up Paddle Boarding

  • Always plant the paddle blade in the water before taking a stroke. Doing this will give boarders more power and stability.
  • Assume the ready position, that is, feet shoulder-width apart, knees bent and back straight.
  • Keep arms straight and engage core muscles when paddling.
  • Attempt to keep the board as “quiet” as possible in the water. If the board is slapping the water readjust feet and leg positions.

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Rent a Stand Up Paddle Board or ask one of these local outfitters about guided trips!

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