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Stand-Up Paddle Boarding


Explore Stillwater and North Star Nature Preserve

There are a few prime spots for stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) in Aspen Snowmass, but the most popular is Stillwater just east of Aspen on Highway 82. From the put-in at Stillwater, you can float down the Roaring Fork River to the Rainbow Bridge at the lower end of the North Star Nature Preserve. The Stillwater area 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 plush nature and wildlife along the preserved land. On any given day during the summer, you may share the river with tubers, canoes and kayaks, so please use caution.

A favorite at the North Star Nature Preserve is "the beach." It's a hub of activity and a great place to meet up with other floaters. It's a popular spot for beach badmitton, Frisbee and other shenanigans.

Another option is Reudi Reservoir. Reudi Reservoir is 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

Here are a few 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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Whitewater rafting
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.
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.