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Pueblo's whitewater park     Photo: Billy Hathorn

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Colorado's Best Whitewater Paddleboarding: Pueblo

Where in Colorado can I learn to stand-up paddleboard in whitewater?

A:The half-mile-long Pueblo Whitewater Park on the Arkansas River was born seven years ago through the grassroots efforts of passionate local kayakers. Little did the folks in this gritty southeastern Colorado town know that a short time later it would also become a paddleboarding magnet. The graffiti-covered concrete walls running along the bank gives the experience a city feel, but the thrills—especially when the river is running high in mid-summer—are untamed and pure. Go in late spring and early fall, when the ride is more forgiving. The Edge Ski, Paddle, and Pack offers two-hour lessons for $50

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