Who knew Colorado was a virtual haven for water sports? Whether you’re a Colorado native or a transplant from the surfer-dude coast, you can get your water fix close to the ‘burbs and enjoy a day of sport, yoga or just plain chillin’. While stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) has its roots in surfing, Colorado enthusiasts these days are heading to nearby lakes, rivers and ponds to enjoy their own “take” on the nation’s fastest growing water sport. More than 2.5 million people took part in paddle boarding in 2015, compared to just 1 million in 2010 (outdoorfoundation.org). And the physical and emotional benefits of paddle boarding are impressive:
In addition to the serenity and stress reduction that come from connecting with nature, you’re getting a full-body, low-impact workout that improves both balance and endurance.
While surfing can take years to master, most first-timers paddle boarders get the hang of it from the start. So, whether your brand of paddle boarding includes yoga, racing, or something in between, there’s never been a better time to grab your family, your dog or just yourself — and get your surf on.
8 Paddle Boarding Spots, by Proximity to the ‘Burbs
Cherry Creek Reservoir
4201 S. Parker Road, Aurora
11500 N Roxborough Park Rd, Littleton
Big Soda Lake Reservoir, Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Road, Lakewood
5800 Powhaton Road, Aurora
Jay Road and 51st Street, Boulder
461 Weld County Road 26, Longmont
4200 W County Road 38 E, Fort Collins
902 E. Main St., Frisco
A Day at the Beach
Paddle boarding at Gravel Pond in Chatfield State Park (CPW.State.CO.US/placestogo/parks/)
There are plenty of ready-to-go rentals right there on the beach at Gravel Pond — we particularly like COLORADO SUP (ColoradoSUPSports.com). Or you can pick up an inflatable board on your way there at Altitude Paddle Boards on Main street in Littleton (AltitudePaddleBoards.com).