The stunning alpine lakes of Colorado and world class whitewater rivers make for perfect stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) venues. The sport has become wildly popular in the past few years for its great core workout as well as its accessibility—you don’t have to be a super-athlete to hop on a board, paddle around a lake, and enjoy the sunshine and views.
Popular spots on the Front Range for paddleboarding include Horsetooth Reservoir near Fort Collins and Cherry Creek Reservoir in Aurora. Lake Dillon is also a stunning place for SUPing—it’s miles of shoreline and many inlets make it perfect for exploring. Grand Lake, Colorado’s largest and deepest lake, is also a stunning location for SUPing. Stay in the town of Grand Lake for the weekend and explore Rocky Mountain National Park while you’re up there.
Many SUP companies such as Telluride’s SOL Paddleboards are now making the boards inflatable. Simply roll up the board, strap it to the top of your car or throw it in the trunk, and re-inflate when you reach your destination. Don’t forget a life preserver and sunscreen!