The Roaring Fork River

The Ute Indians native to the valley called it "Thunder River". The Roaring Fork is a swift and powerful river with very clear water. It is navigable by small craft throughout most of its length to its confluence with the Colorado. It rises in the Sawatch Range in eastern Pitkin County, on the west side of Independence Pass on the continental divide. It flows northwest past Aspen, Woody Creek, and Snowmass. It receives the Fryingpan River at Basalt. Below Carbondale, it receives the Crystal River from the south. It joins the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs. The river flows through canyons along most of its route and has some of the best whitewater rafting in the country. It contains great sections including Slaughtherhouse, and its famous drop over Slaughterhouse Falls. Toothache, and Toilet Bowl, will keep your grin through the continuous waves that don't let up on the Upper Fork. The Middle of the river calms as you flow through unique wildlife sanctuaries. Before you meet the confluence Cemetery Rapid gives the last splash the Lower Fork has to offer.