Paddleboarding in the Rockies

The Lake Estes Marina will be offering paddleboard rentals starting mid-June this year for the first time.  It will cost $18/hour for the rental.  They also rent out fishing boats (for 5 passengers), pontoon boats (for 7 or 10 passengers), paddle boats (for 4 passengers), as well as kayaks and canoes.  For more information, you can go to the Estes Valley Recreation & Park District website.




If you've never done paddleboarding before, the local REI shops are offering lessons at Carter Lake in June and July.  Carter Lake is about 30 miles/45 minutes away from Estes Park.  They have two different levels of classes:  Learn to Stand Up Paddleboard and Stand Up Paddleboarding: Beyond the Basics.  The classes are on June 14 and July 19.  Click here for more information and to register in advance.  

REI is also offering classes on hiking, camping, and climbing in several of their locations within 50 miles of Estes Park - Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, or Westminster.  Some of their classes are, for example: How to Climb a 14er, Rocky  Mountain Camping Basics, Gourmet Camp Cooking, and Learn to Rappel.

Summer Camping Gear Tip

Getting ready for your summer camping trip to Rocky Mountain National Park?  Here’s an insider tip to help you save money on the camping gear you need – we have shopped there for years to find the best outdoor brands at a discount.  Visit Sierra Trading Post – you’ll “love the deals” so that you can “live the adventure” (their slogan).  

Here are a few of my favorites:  

  • for great layering and hiking socks look for washable merino wool by Smartwool or Icebreaker
  • for raingear, Mountain Hardware or Marmot

They have a great selection of hiking boots & shoes, trail running shoes, and mountaineering boots as well as tents and sleeping bags.  

Sign up for their email promotions, and watch for the best deals to come around.  I love their “Take an additional 35% off one item” deal – it can be used for a big ticket item that you’ve been waiting for, and if it’s already marked down – even sweeter!