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Explore Stillwater and North Star Nature Preserve

There are a few prime spots for stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) in the Aspen area, but the most popular is the Stillwater section of the Roaring Fork River, located just east of Aspen on Highway 82.

From various put-in locations, you can float down the Roaring Fork River to the Rainbow Bridge at the lower end of the North Star Nature Preserve. The Stillwater section of the river is a slow current that acts like a lazy river and is a great place to get a feel for paddle boarding with a current. Along the way, enjoy serene nature and wildlife along the preserved land. On any given day during the summer, you may share the river with innertubers, canoers, and kayakers. 

On your float, you'll pass by "the beach," a favorite hangout spot for families during summer months. 

Another option for stand-up paddle boarding is Reudi Reservoir, located 16 miles up Fryingpan River Road from Basalt. At Reudi, paddle boarders often converge along the shoreline near Dearhammer Campground. The turn off to the campground is about one mile past the dam. The meadowed area has less boat traffic and calmer waters.

Trusted Aspen Paddle Boarding Guides

We have listed our top-recommended local companies that offer stand-up paddle boarding outings during the summer months. For more information, select a vendor below or contact the Frias Properties Concierge Desk at (970) 429-2449.

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(970) 925-9169

This locally owned and operated bike shop has been serving Aspen locals and visitors since 1999. They offer a fleet of eBikes, road bikes, mountain bikes, children's bikes and bike accessories, and stand-up paddleboards.

(800) 282-7238

With more than 45 years of experience providing outdoor activities in Colorado, Blazing Adventures is the most knowledgeable Aspen and Snowmass whitewater rafting and outdoor adventure company.

(866) 377-4837

Aspen Whitewater Rafting offers the perfect Roaring Fork rafting getaway, offering packages for all skill levels. Their professional staff have been guiding river tours in the Roaring Fork Valley for more than 20 years.

Elk Mountain Expeditions
(970) 456-6287

Elk Mountain Expeditions offers whitewater rafting ranging from Class I to Class IV, world-class fly fishing in Gold Medal trout waters, and breath-taking stand-up paddle boarding adventures.

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