- The Roaring Fork is a Gold Medal freestone river that originates above Aspen near Independence Pass and winds its way down the valley about 70 miles. It culminates at its confluence with the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs. Throughout this relatively short distance the Roaring Fork falls more in elevation than the Mississippi River does in its entire length, which gives it many different faces. These characteristics make it attractive for many types of recreation activities.
The Roaring Fork River is a popular destination among fishermen, rafters and kayakers. The best way to fish this water is by floating down it. Nearby camping is limited but accommodations are available in the resort towns of Aspen and Glenwood Springs, and the smaller communities of Basalt and Carbondale.
The Roaring Fork can be accessed by taking I-70 from Denver to Glenwood Springs. Highway 82 then follows the river for its entire course up to its origination on Independence Pass. The river can easily be seen for its entire length along the highway, and there are numerous points for public access.
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