Colorado River Rentals offers a multitude of rental options, including stand-up paddle boards. A stand-up paddle board starts at just $45 and is available for rent for just one day or up to three. Renting a stand-up paddle board is just a small part of the river experience and the equipment you’ll need. Additional items you’ll want out on the river are sunglasses, a helmet or hat, dry bags, straps to secure your items to the board, water resistant layers (wet suit or splash jackets), and a cooler or dry storage for food and drinks.
Stand Up Paddleboard rentals include inflatable stand up paddle board, paddle and life jacket.
Where to Paddle Board
Renting equipment from Colorado River Rentals does not restrict you to traveling on the Colorado River. There are plenty of places in Colorado that are great for paddle boarding, rafting, and many other water activities. Browns Canyon on the Arkansas River is a Class III stretch of whitewater, and is also the most popular stretch of river to explore in the country. Stretching from Buena Vista to Salida and featuring canyon walls from 7,300 to 10,000 feet above sea level, you’ll want to avoid peak water level season because the Class III rapids will be a difficult for those not seasoned in whitewater. The Royal Gorge, near Colorado Springs and Pueblo, is home to one of the highest suspension bridges in the world and is also a popular destination in Colorado. Other popular rivers to explore in Colorado include the Eagle River, Green River, Bighorn Sheep Canyon, Animas River and Cache La Poudre River.
When you’re planning a river trip, it’s easy to forget to figure out some of the less exciting details, such as how to get back to your car with all your gear at the end of the trip. Colorado River Rentals offers a vehicle shuttle service that safely transports your vehicle from the upper Colorado River to the rendezvous point of your choice. Shuttle service is only available for those who rent gear from Colorado River Rentals. You also have the option to have your gear picked up after your trip so you don’t have to head back to Colorado River Rentals’ Kremmling outpost.
Kinds of Stand-up Paddle Boards
These boards are typically shorter with a narrower nose and tail, as well as more curved all around. Primarily used for riding a wave, they are much more difficult to ride on flat water as they are less stable and much slower than other types.
All Round Board
Another type of paddle board is an all round board. This board is typically longer, thicker, and wider than surf models. These boards are especially good for beginners due to the fact that they are an all-around board, meaning more versatility. All round boards are also very stable allowing for ease of use through flat water and cut with enough rocker to have decent performance on a wave as well.
The third main type of paddle board is a flatwater board. Flatwater boards are primarily used for open water touring, downwinders, and flatwater. This board is perfect for those activities because it is typically longer than other boards with a more pointed nose for ease of movement through flatwater. These are a great board choice for beginners, however be wary that in the same family as the flatwater board, is its more aggressive relative – the race board.
Race boards are not good for beginners because they are more narrow throughout with a pointed nose in order to glide through the water with immense speed. The shape does make the board much faster than the other types, however it has drawbacks in the stability.
Inflatable or Solid SUP?
Along with the different types in terms of purpose, there are also solid and inflatable board options. A solid built SUP is typically made of multiple materials, including fiberglass, foam, various plastics, wood, and Kevlar. An advantage of the solid stand up paddle board is that there is no set-up time required, additionally, they are much more stable, allowing for more speed and agility. A disadvantage however is that they are generally more expensive and heavy. Inflatable boards are generally made of PVC plastic with woven fibers. Advantages of an inflatable board are that they require very little storage space, they are much lighter, and more affordable than solid boards. A disadvantage of inflatable boards are that they are much more effected by wind and other outside forces because they are so light.