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You can only raft Glenwood Canyon 73,000 times

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” The Forest Service may limit the number of total commercial rafting and kayaking trips that can boat through the Shoshone rapids area on the Colorado River in Glenwood Canyon.

The announcement came as no surprise to some area outfitters.

“The 73,300 number is a number we’ve been working under for the last five to 10 years anyway,” said Kevin Schneider, owner of Rock Gardens Rafting. “We didn’t want to replicate the Arkansas River with a stream of boats going down it.”



An environmental study currently underway proposes 73,350 rafters on guided trips per year.

Schneider added the environmental study and the proposed limit are just an “academic.” After a busy year in 2000 or 2001, Schneider said, outfitters worked to control the number of rafters themselves.



“We all collectively kind of said, ‘Hey this is a little bit over the top,'” he said.

From there, outfitters came up with what they thought was a reasonable number of rafters, Schneider said.

Some of the area’s outfitters are nearing capacity, but there doesn’t seem to be any pressing urge to increase capacity, Schneider said.



The environmental study being done by the White River National Forest’s Eagle/Holy Cross Ranger District says the proposal is based on the capacity of the Shoshone and Grizzly boat ramps in the canyon. The commercial cap is also meant to provide a good mix of guided and non-guided trips.

“Quite frankly, it would be nice not to have more commercial vessels on the water,” said Chris Vogt, owner of Glenwood Canyon Kayak. “The bottom line is ” I don’t know if you’ve ever seen Shoshone during a busy day up there, but it is absolutely nuts.”

– You have 30 days from Jan. 22 to comment on the U.S. Forest Service’s proposal to cap commercial rafting along the Shoshone Rapids in Glenwood Canyon.

– Written comments: Brian Lloyd, District Ranger, Attn: River Capacity, U.S. Forest Service, Eagle/Holy Cross Ranger District, PO Box 190, Minturn, CO 81645. They can also be faxed to 970-827-9343.

– E-mail: comments-rocky-mountain-white-river-eastzone@fs.fed.us.

– All comments should include the title of the proposal ” River Capacity ” and your name, address, telephone number and organization represented.

– You have 30 days from Jan. 22 to comment on the U.S. Forest Service’s proposal to cap commercial rafting along the Shoshone Rapids in Glenwood Canyon.

– Written comments: Brian Lloyd, District Ranger, Attn: River Capacity, U.S. Forest Service, Eagle/Holy Cross Ranger District, PO Box 190, Minturn, CO 81645. They can also be faxed to 970-827-9343.

– E-mail: comments-rocky-mountain-white-river-eastzone@fs.fed.us.

– All comments should include the title of the proposal ” River Capacity ” and your name, address, telephone number and organization represented.


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