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Do Aspen’s Favorite New Water Sport

As a Colorado native who grew up in San Diego, my need to be around and in the water is very intense. When I moved back to the mountains, becoming a certified instructor through the Professional Stand Up Paddling Association (PSUPA) was the perfect way to satiate that desire and to keep active. It’s also one of my favorite ways to spend time with my family in nature. There are so many local rivers and lakes that you can explore with a paddleboard, but it’s the pristine, snow-fed waters of the North Star Nature Preserve, just five minutes from downtown Aspen, that I love best.


Because it’s a nature preserve, you never know who or what is going to join you! I’ve seen Great Blue Herons flying up above, and deer and moose on the nearby banks. The gentle waters at North Star are perfect for beginners and intermediate paddleboarders alike. After you’ve managed the art of balancing yourself on a board, the next step is to master different paddling techniques. If you wish, you can also learn how to navigate swift water before making your way to Class II rapids like the stretch through beautiful Glenwood Canyon on the Colorado River. At its best, stand-up paddleboarding in Aspen combines the thrills of surfing and kayaking, all while providing a phenomenal workout and scenic views. Why don’t you come join me?Stories from Hotel Jerome