• Whitewater Park in Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Glenwood Whitewater Park & Activity Area

Kayakers, stand up paddle boarders, and play boaters can show off and practice their skills at Glenwood’s White Water Activity area where a G-wave feature is the main attraction. The first whitewater feature built on any stretch of the Colorado River; Glenwood Springs Whitewater Activity Area has become a destination for paddling enthusiasts.

It’s most popular with users from May through September. The area gleaned national attention when it was selected as the site for the 2009 U.S. Freestyle Kayaking Team Trials.

The area’s signature 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.

Parking Information

Glenwood Springs Whitewater Activity Area is located on 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.

  • Overflow parking is available 1/3 mile up Midland Avenue in the RFTA lot.
  • Parking is prohibited on Midland Avenue, and this is strictly enforced.
  • Please do not park in a manner that impedes traffic or in private business lots.
  • Overnight camping is not permitted.

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The site also features a spot for spectators. A terraced seating area gives an unimpeded view of paddlers practicing or performing tricks.

Paddlers may use the area at their own risk. Helmets and personal flotation devices are required. Boaters crossing Midland Avenue should be aware of traffic and always use the crosswalk. Adults, please carefully supervise children and pets. Please note that there is no boat ramp at this spot on the Colorado River.

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