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Kayaking on the Colorado River.



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Kayaking on the Colorado River.

One of the Grand Valley’s best natural resources is the Colorado River. The mighty river offers plenty of recreation opportunities ranging from relaxing tubing trips to whitewater rafting.

In fact, Grand Junction is named for the confluence of the Colorado and Gunnison rivers.

Access to the Gunnison River includes Whitewater, Bridgeport and Escalante Canyon. The Colorado River has put-ins at the Corn Lake, Connected Lakes and Fruita sections of James M. Robb — Colorado River State Park, Loma and the Junior Service League Park.

For helping getting on the rivers, here’s where to start:

Catfish Canoe Co. — Offers trips ranging from an hour to multiple days. It also provides self-guided trips: 2944 I-70 Buisiness Loop, No. 206, 255-7377.

Adventure Bound — Offers rafting trips in both Colorado and Utah. Can rent or buy gear as well: 2392 H Road, 245-5428.

Rimrock Adventures — Offers whitewater rafting on Colorado, Gunnison and Dolores rivers. Also has raft, kayak, canoe and other equipment rentals: 927 Colorado Highway 340, Fruita, 858-9555.

Cabela’s — 2424 U.S. Highway 6&50, 683-5000.

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