12 Reasons We Love Paddle Boarding In Colorado

Posted on October 9, 2019 by Jeff Hale

Colorado should be called the adventure state. From snow-capped mountains and dry deserts to beautifully clean rivers and lakes with miles of shoreline, the 38th U.S State has everything an outdoor-loving adventurer with a paddle board could desire. But with so many great bodies of water, finding the best spots for paddle boarding in Colorado without some local knowledge can be difficult.

We’ve picked the brains of our ambassadors and locals to bring you the 12 most obvious reasons why paddle boarding in Colorado is something everyone needs to add to their bucket list. Enjoy the adventure!

paddle boarding Colorado Alta Lakes
@reinventingournormal exploring Alta with her rescue pup Kai.

Alta Lakes

These three alpine lakes located on the backside of the Telluride Ski Resort have the majesty to make you feel like you're in the heart of the Swiss Alps. The backdrop makes this a stunning destination for stand up paddle boarding, fishing, hiking, and exploration of the historic structures in the Alta Lakes Ghost Town. We recommend bringing your inflatable stand up paddle board (iSUP) for an easy trek to the shoreline with your favorite SUP pup.

  • Cost of Admission: Free
  • Pets allowed
paddle boarding colorado horsetooth reservoir
Underwater photographer @brentdurant's SUP scuba setup on his ISLE Megalodon

Horsetooth Reservoir

Travel about 15 miles due west of Fort Collins and you’ll find yourself staring straight into the center of Horsetooth Reservoir. This 6.5-mile-long man-made body of water is open year-round for adventure-hungry visitors to enjoy all of your standard water sports and the added bonus of rock climbing and scuba diving. We love Horsetooth Reservoir for its seemingly endless shoreline and proximity to the Class I to Class V rapids on Cache la Poudre River that’s a short drive away. If you're going to paddle board on the nearby river, we definitely recommend researching the best inflatable SUPs for rivers before you hit the water.

  • Cost of Admission: $9/vehicle
  • Pets allowed
paddle boarding colorado big soda lake

Big Soda Lake

This gorgeous SUP destination is one of two bodies of water within Bear Creek Lake Park. Big Soda is one of our favorite beginner paddling des