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Colorado River. When the ski season is over and Colorado's "white gold" starts to melt, many ski instructors swap their sticks for paddles and hit the mighty Colorado River for the spring and summer rafting seasons. Stomach-churning holes, chutes, and waves beckon adrenaline junkies, while calmer souls can revel in the shade of Glenwood Canyon's towering walls. Glenwood Springs, CO.
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Blue Sky Adventures. Blue Sky Adventures offers a "pedals and paddles" deal that includes a half-day raft trip followed by a half-day bike tour. 319 Hwy. 6J, Glenwood Springs, CO, 81601. 970/945-6605 or 877/945-6605. www.blueskyadventure.com.
Colorado Division of Wildlife. If you're the independent type, lead your own white-water rafting adventure by putting in at the boat ramp operated by the Colorado Division of Wildlife. It's on the Roaring Fork River, just east of town. County Rd. 106, Glenwood Springs, CO, 81623. 970/947-2920.
Colorado Whitewater Rafting. Colorado Whitewater Rafting has tours that include the "Double Shoshone," a round-trip through the area's most hair-raising white-water rapids. 2000 Devereux Rd., Glenwood Springs, CO, 81601. 970/945-8477 or 800/993-7238. www.coloradowhitewaterrafting.com.
Rock Gardens Rafting. Rock Gardens Rafting runs trips down the Colorado and Roaring Fork rivers, and operates a full-service campground on the banks of the Colorado. 1308 County Rd. 129, Glenwood Springs, CO, 81601. 970/945-6737 or 800/958-6737. www.rockgardens.com.
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