Summer is the perfect time to take a scenic float in Colorado. Here are 6 of the best lazy rivers for tubing in Colorado this summer. Grab your tube, throw on some shades, and get ready to relax as you float down the river!
Note that conditions can vary at any of the tubing destinations listed below. Weather, water temperatures, and water levels all play a role in determining safe conditions for tubing. Exercise caution and watch out for lurking dangers in the river including logs, branches, rocks, and debris. Participation in river tubing can lead to increased risk of death or serious injury. Check with local current rules prior to tubing.
1. Clear Creek, Golden
Clear Creek White Water Park is Golden’s lazy river. Tubing down the cascading waters of Clear Creek is one of the best ways to take in all of the surrounding scenery. Come out and soak up the sun in a giant rubber shaped-donut alongside adventure pals and loved ones.
2. Yampa River, Steamboat Springs
Take a scenic float down the Yampa River in Steamboat Springs. This naturally slow-moving river makes for the perfect summer adventure. River floats range from 1 to 3 hours, depending on where you start. Due to to the popularity of this area, reservations are strongly recommended for commercial tubing. Tubing here is particularly nice, as you’re able to park the car downstream, hop on the free public bus to your put-in spot, and then float back to your vehicle.
3. San Juan River, Pagosa Springs
Set sail this summer on the San Juan River in Pagosa Springs. Whitewater tubing season will kick off in Pagosa Springs once the river drops below 400 cubic feet per second based on the San Juan River Gauge. Enjoying a full-day of tubing adventures starts at just $29 from Pagosa Outside.
4. Poudre River, Fort Collins
Take a lazy float down the Poudre River in Fort Collins. Relax, cool off, and enjoy beautiful scenery surrounded by the rippling of canyon waters. Beyond floating, you’ll find a collection of shops, restaurants, and craft-beer breweries nestled in the downtown area of Fort Collins.
5. South Platte River, Denver
South Platte River at Confluence Park offers a short and peaceful escape right in the heart of the city. Running north from Littleton to downtown Denver, this lazy river offers ideal conditions for water spots, including tubing and kayaking.
Tubing season typically begins in June and lasts through August, depending on snow-melt. Before you go, check the weather and current flow to make sure conditions are safe for tubing.