Opportunities to Stand-Up Paddle Board—or SUP, around Basalt—are numerous. Ruedi Reservoir is the prime paddling area, but other good options are North Star Nature Preserve in Aspen, Chapman Reservoir Campground, the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River.
If you’re interested in a whole body workout, with a unique perspective to view what’s under the water and out on the horizon as you stand at full height, SUPing is for you.
You’ll be working your back muscles, arms, legs, shoulders, and torso. And as you try to stabilize yourself, your body will work hard to maintain balance giving your core muscles some great exercise.
The gear is relatively simple. It includes a board, paddle, personal flotation device (pfd), ankle leash and sometimes a helmet if your SUP adventures take you to whitewater.
Several area stores and outfitters rent gear for a full or half day:
Bristlecone Mountain Sports