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Lesson 3 - River Kayaking

Price: $125/person
Age Requirement: 12 and up
Prerequisites:  Lesson 2 - Fundamentals of Kayaking or equivalent

Call 303.988.2943 or
Colorado River

Lock it in. This course is intended to take what you learned the first day on the river, ferring, eddy turns, peel outs, etc. and solidify it. Depending on the group comfort level this class can either repeat the same section of river that we do the first day or step it up a notch and paddle through the stunning Glenwood Canyon near Glenwood Springs, Colorado. In addition, we add to your knowledge base more advanced and fun river running skills - SURFING the wave. At the end of the day you will be well on your way to paddling class III rapids.

Lessons run rain or shine, so check out our recommended gear list for suggestions on what to bring to be prepared.

Location, Dates, and Times:

All classes begin at 9AM and end around 3PM

Colorado River, Glenwood Springs, CO

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Class begins at 9:00 am and ends at 3:00 pm

River Kayaking
- Start time 9:00 am
- Introduction & Logistics
- Equipment
- Review of previous 2 classes
- Lunch around noon
- Reading river features
- Using the force of the river
- Surfing
- Enjoying what you have learned and pushing your limits
- Wrap up
- End Time may vary around 3:00 pm


What to bring:
- Lots of water
- Waterproof Sunscreen
- Something to get wet in (swimsuit)
- Lunch and Snacks
- Warm dry clothing for when you are off the water

Additional recommended items:
- Fleece or other synthetic clothing (not containing cotton) that can be worn under a wetsuit
- Kayak noseplugs (with a strap)
- A hat
- Sunglasses with retention strap (Croakies, etc.)
- Wetsuit booties or river sandals (must stay on when you swim)

This lesson includes all the kayaking gear you will need including a boat, paddle, skirt, PFD, helmet, splash jacket, wetsuit and booties.   If you have your own equipment, we encourage you to bring it since it is most likely what you will be using outside of this lesson.


South Canyon:

From Glenwood Springs, head west on I-70 to exit #111, South Canyon. It is the first exit after the town of Glenwood Springs. From the exit ramp, turn left (south) and head under the interstate. The road will quickly dead end at a T intersection. Take the dirt road to the right (west). Follow the dirt road until it forks. Take the right (north) fork and head to a gravel lot. Restrooms are available where the two dirt roads merge back together.



All hotels and campgrounds are based solely on proximity to the class.  We have no affiliation or any recommendations to any of the following hotels or campgrounds. We do not offer any accommodations.

Camping near Glenwood Springs, CO

Ami’s Acres

50235 Highway 6

Glenwood Springs, Colorado 81601

Phone:    970-945-5340



Avalanche Campground

Avalanche Creek Rd, Redstone, CO 81623

White River National Forest

Phone:(970) 945-2521


Bogan Flats Campground

White River National Forest

Carbondale, CO


Aspen-Basalt Campground

20640 Highway 82

Basalt, CO 81621


Thompson Creek Campground

50629 Hwys 6 & 24

Glenwood Springs, CO 81602



Hideout Cabins and Campground

1293 County Road 117

Glenwood Springs, CO 81601



Ruedi Marina Campground

White River National Forest

Carbondale, CO


Camping options near Dotsero, Co:
Deep Creek Camp Sites
Directions from Denver: Take I-70 Exit 133 at Dotsero and turn north onto County Road 301 (Colorado River Road). Follow for approximately 2.5 miles. Turn at the National Forest Access sign onto Deep Creek Road. Go through private property for the first 2 miles until enter BLM. Campsites are marked along the road, as well as walk-in sites at the Coffeepot trailhead. White River National Forest access is further up the road. Be careful of trucks on road. Located 4.5miles from Dotsero, CO


Upper Colorado River-Lyons Gulch Camp Site
Directions from Denver: Take I-70 Exit 133 at Dotsero and turn north onto County Road 301 (Colorado River Road). Follow road for 3.8 miles until site on right side with two parking areas. Located 4 miles from Dotsero, CO


Hotels near Glenwood Springs

Quality Inn and Suites on the River

2650 Gilstrap Ct

Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

(970) 945-5995


Hotels near Glenwood Springs

Best Western Antlers

171 W 6th St

Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

(970) 945-8535


Hotel Glenwood Springs

52000 Two Rivers Plaza Road

Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

(970) 928-8188


Courtyard Glenwood Springs

125 Wulfsohn Rd

Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

(970) 947-1300


Renaissance Adventure Guides is an equal opportunity service provider.

Renaissance Adventure Guides operates under special use permits from the White River National Forest.

All or part of this operation is conducted on Public Lands under special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

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