Published May 9, 2017
The Blue River is a popular choice for rafting, particularly in May and June, dependent on water flows.
For those new to paddling, book a float with KODI Rafting, one of the best outfitters in the state and a local favorite that’s been in business for more than 30 years. Their Blue River outing is their most popular, mixing three miles of calm float and three miles of fantastic whitewater in about an hour of fun.
“Rafting is the quintessential Rocky Mountain experience,” says Amy McGrath, who owns KODI with her husband.
The outfitter runs 30 different river trips, and many of their guides have been on board (so to speak) for 15 or more years. New this year is a Tenmile Creek trip from Copper Mountain through the town of Frisco to Lake Dillon.
In addition to rafting, KODI rents stand-up paddleboards—including The Beast, a new jumbo board that can hold up to 10 adults—and partners with other local companies to provide bike rentals, ziplining, horseback rides, and more.
“We’re all about helping our guests find what best suits them off of Exit 205,” says McGrath. “Whether you’re coming from Denver, the East Coast, or have small children, we can accommodate you.”
For an option that’s less intimidating than a river or Lake Dillon, check out North Pond Park in Silverthorne. With a warmer water temperature, this sheltered body of water offers a beautiful, quaint setting for beginners to paddle any time of the day. You can even try SUP Yoga with a class through the Silverthorne Recreation Center.
Before hitting the river, be sure to check water levels and restrictions at mountainbuzz.com. The Silverthorne Recreation Center also offers water and safety courses during the month of May, with is National Water Safety Month. For more information, visit Silverthorne.org.
Much of this article is an excerpt from Exit 205 Magazine, a new visitor guide publication for the towns of Dillon and Silverthorne, which is being distributed in May 2017. The original article was written by Meredith Powlison.