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Canoe Day Trips

Our guided canoe day trips run along two stretches of the St Vrain River: the Meanders and the Kurtz Ranch stretches.

For both day trip routes, you can choose from:

4 mile half day, 9-2pm OR
8 miles full day, 9-4pm

Half day price: $75 per person. Group of 4 or more: $65 per person
Full day price: $95 per person. Group of 4 or more: $80 per person

Learn more about both stretches of the river below!

Click “Book a Day Trip” in the righthand sidebar to book your trip now!

Meanders Guided Canoe Trip St Vrain

Wildness again meets the edges of civilization on this hidden gem of the St. Vrain. This stretch begins under an interstate bridge that shelters clay flats preserving hundreds of animal tracks. Raccoon, red fox, ducks, herons, mule deer, and even the occasional coyote or bobcat roam through here, leaving their prints in the alluvial mud. This bridge and others on this stretch of river are homes to vast colonies of cliff and barn swallows, and in the springtime they will swarm overhead to greet you. Nearby lakes attract a variety of waterfowl such as pelicans and herons. Red-tailed Hawks often prowl the skies high above our canoes or perch in trees to hunt, and sometimes even the Great Horned Owls move during daylight hours.

Kurtz Ranch Guided Canoe Trip St Vrain

Prepare yourself for a wilderness canoeing experience amidst the farms and ranches of Boulder & Weld counties–East of Longmont. Wilderness mingles with rural rangelands on this section to show you an interesting cross-section of Colorado’s high prairie, where domestic cattle roam alongside mule deer and you can glimpse the Old West in abandoned railroad bridges. Meet the nearby family of bald eagles, and see if you can spot their colossal nest! Further downriver, a sprawling Heron Rookery hangs in a Cottonwood grove and when active the lanky birds appear prehistoric as they dwell among the treetops. An elusive Mink might slink along the banks or through the water, and when you stop at a sandbar for a snack, you might see its star-shaped tracks along the water’s edge. There are ample spots to stop on this section and swim, and the stones are perfect for skipping!

canoeing longmont

Common Wildlife Seen

Throughout your trip on the Meanders stretch you will see cliff swallow colonies, red-tailed hawk nests, and american mink. Choose the Kurtz Ranch stretch and you will see a bald eagle’s nest and a great blue heron rookery. On either trip, you will become more familiar with the following species as well:

  • Great Horned Owls
  • American White Pelican
  • Snapping Turtles
  • Many songbirds, e.g. Western Tanagers
  • Beavers
  • Muskrats
  • Killdeer
  • Cliff and Bank Swallows
  • Kingfishers

*For all trips, half day has 1.5-3 hours on the water, full day has 4-5 hours on the water. Length of time depends on water levels.

Custom Canoe Day Trips (St Vrain, South Platte, Big Thompson, Cache la Poudre, Boulder Creek)

The Rivers Path offers guided canoe day trips along the St. Vrain, Boulder Creek, the South Platte, the Big Thompson, and the Cache la Poudre rivers.

There are over 100 miles of navigable river that we can take you on in the Front Range. Sections of Boulder Creek, the St. Vrain, the South Platte, the Big Thompson, and the Cache la Poudre can offer fantastic experiences that are perfect for small groups, couples, or individuals. Contact us if you would like to schedule a trip on a river near your home!

For All Guided Canoe Trips:

No canoeing experience is necessary and we will provide basic instruction and orientation at the beginning of every trip, including learning river safety, paddle strokes, and how to read the river and work with the current. All of your river gear (boat, lifejacket, & paddle) will be provided. We also provide dry bags for your belongings.

Please Bring:

  • non-cotton clothes
  • shoes that can get wet
  • an extra layer for warmth in case the weather changes
  • raincoat
  • sunscreen
  • bug spray
  • a hat
  • snacks and a lunch
  • a water bottle
  • a camera and binoculars would be good too! (Please remember that if these are not in the dry bag they can get wet.)

*Disclaimer:  There is a learning curve and it may take a bit to get your rhythm. I am there to help, instruct, and support you! Canoes can tip over. It’s not a problem, as the river is small and shallow, so the shore is always nearby. Clothing and personal belongings can and do get wet. Please do not bring expensive items that you do not want to lose in the river.

How to Get To Us 

The meeting spot where our river adventures begin is rightoutside the Starbucks in Firestone. Participants customarily park in the plaza parking lot and meet us on the Starbucks patio. After our rendezvous, we will car-pool a short distance to our put-in site.

The address is 11169 E I25 Frontage Rd, Firestone, CO 80504 

Travel Distances to the Starbucks in Firestone:

  • 15 min from Longmont
  • 35 min from Boulder
  • 40 min from Denver
  • 25 min from Loveland
  • 45 min from Fort Collins
  • 40 min from Greeley

Driving Directions:

From Denver: Follow I-25 North to CO-119 in Weld County. Take exit 240 from I-25 N. Go east on 119 and take a left on the I-25 Frontage Road. The plaza containing the Starbucks will be just after this on your left.

From Ft. Collins and points north: Follow I-25 South to CO-119 in Weld County. Take exit 240 from I-25 S. Go east on 119 and take a left on the I-25 Frontage Road. The plaza containing the Starbucks will be just after this on your left.

From Longmont or Boulder: Take CO-119 (Diagonal Highway) northeast through Longmont to Firestone. Go under I-25 and take a left on the I-25 Frontage Road. The plaza containing the Starbucks will be just after this on your left.

Meanders St. Vrain full day

Season passes for the 2017 season: only $300!
Season Pass holders may attend any half or full day trip throughout the season. They may also be eligible for exploration of other special, secret sections of river!

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