Try Standup Paddle Boarding on the Colorado River this Summer

Try Standup Paddle Boarding on the Colorado River this Summer
Written By Alison Stevens
SUP in Colorado

Want to try something new this summer? Something that will get you outside, build strength, and let you work on your tan? If you are an adventurous person, then standup paddle boarding is for you!

Standup paddle boarding (SUP) is a relatively new water sport. All you need is a paddle board, a paddle, a personal floatation device, and yourself! The skill ability for paddle boarding is very diverse. It is perfect for beginners and recreational paddlers. But depending on the section of the river it can also be a great adrenaline thrill for experienced paddlers. Many seasoned river rats say that paddle boarding makes local rivers feel fresh and new. The act of standing on the paddle-board gives new perspective for experienced paddlers. It makes what usually can be boring waters more of a challenge and very exciting.

Stand up paddle boards are relatively light (usually around 25 pounds) so they are much easier to carry than kayaks and canoes. There are also inflatable boards that can simply be deflated and put into your back seat! These slight variations on the boards make it much easier for travel and handling. Making it much more accessible to most people.

Stand up paddle boarder

The main muscle groups that are being activated during a paddle are your mid-back muscles (latissimus Dorsi), shoulders (deltoids), arms (triceps & biceps) and abs. Paddle Boarding is an all-body workout which has more than just the physical rewards, it can also restore your balance and calms your spirit. Paddle boarding also dramatically improves your balance.

Top 7 places to Stand up Paddle board in Colorado:

· Grand Lake (NE Grand County)

· Big Soda Lake (Lakewood)

· Dillon Reservoir (Dillon)

· Vallecito (Durango)

· Lake San Cristobal (Hinsdale County)

· Boulder Reservoir (Boulder)

· Horsetooth Reservoir (Fort Collins)

A great company to SUP with is AVA rafting and Ziplining. With beautiful guided tours on the upper Colorado River in Kremmling! Please visit the following website for more details.

If you are looking to rent a paddle board on your own the location you are looking to go on will dictate who you can rent from. Make sure to look into all options and see what works best for you. Please do not go out onto the river on your own. If you are unsure about your ability, air on the side of caution and go with a guided tour!