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Kara K. Pearson Post Independent

Garfield County is home to two nationally known fisheries ” the Colorado and Roaring Fork rivers ” that double as playgrounds for rafting, kayaking, and even a lazy day of tubing. There are also plenty of other lesser-known rivers, streams and lakes that serve as venues for fishing and water sports. Check with area fishing shops or rafting companies for the top spots.

Glenwood Springs’ popularity among kayakers will only increase this year when the city opens a whitewater park on the Colorado River near the Interstate 70 exit in West Glenwood.

Not only do the area’s waterways set the stage for recreation, but Garfield County’s trail system is well known for hiking, biking, running, and 4-wheeling ” to name a few. Whether on foot or via bicycle, outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the Glenwood Canyon Bike Path for a scenic, relaxing day of exercise. For adventurous souls, several options exist off the beaten path, such as a rigorous hike up Red Mountain or a rugged trek up to Hanging Lake. Check with area bike and outdoors shops for tourist favorites and the county’s best-kept secrets.

Battlement Mesa Activity Center; 398 Arroyo Drive, Battlement Mesa; 285-9480.

Hot Springs Pool; 415 Sixth St., Glenwood Springs; 947-2955.

John Fleet Memorial Pool; 684 Main St., Carbondale; 963-2065.

Art Dague Pool; 1718 Railroad Avenue, Rifle; 625-3185

Carbondale Rec Department; 511 Colorado Ave., Carbondale; 963-2733.

Glenwood Springs Community Center, 100 Wulfsohn Road, Glenwood Springs; 384-6300.

Sunlight Mountain Resort, 10901 117 Road, Glenwood Springs; 945-7491 or (800) 445-7931.

New Castle Community Center, 423 W. Main, New Castle; 984-3352.

Rifle Parks and Recreation, 202 Railroad Ave., Rifle; 625-2151.

Silt Community Center, 452 Grand Ave., Silt; 876-2411.

Silt Recreation Department, 231 N. Seventh, Silt; 876-2353.

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