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Colorado has a diverse set of whitewater. Although it is always hard to pick favorites in whitewater, I have to admit Vallecito and Oh Be Joyful Creek may be my all-time favorite Colorado runs. I highly recommend going to experience either of these epic places if you haven’t already. In addition to the outstanding rapids, the mountain biking, fishing, and all-around scenery makes the two places that much better. Vallecito Creek in the San Juan National Forest is often referenced as “the best mile of kayaking in Colorado.” A bold statement, yes, but the mile-long deep and narrow canyon contains incredible rapids with crystal clear water that is sure to astound first time visitors. The Oh Be Joyful Recreation Area is best described as a Rocky Mountain oasis surrounded by a variety of whitewater runs, impressive fields of wildflowers, and miles of hiking and biking trails. The main attraction, at least for me, is the waterfall and slide filled Oh Be Joyful Creek. Watch the video below to see what it is like from a screen or spark some old memories! And then, go check it out for yourself!