Good River Fun; the Pagosa Paddle!

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Saturday, May 13th supporting the Friends of the Upper San Juan River!

The San Juan River is up and running high! This year’s Pagosa Paddle was planned for perfect dates this year and should be an exciting event to participate in and to also watch!

“On Saturday, May 13, try your hand at some of the contests such as the sprint, head2head, slalom or ducky pinball. There will be categories for inflatable and hardshell kayaks and SUPs. The R4 races are sanctioned by the US Rafting Association as a regional qualifier for the finals in Salida in June. As this organization works to provide stewardship of our beautiful river, it could use your support as a contestant.”

My apologies, I should have posted this information for you earlier.

“Contestants can register at Eventbrite for $35 per athlete until Thursday, May 11. This year, contestants will also receive a free soaking pass in partnership with the Pints and Pools event that will also be occurring on May 12 and 13.”

How to be a Spectator!

“Don’t have the equipment or bravery to tackle the river? You can watch the festivities along the river walk or at the Overlook beginning at 9:30 a.m. and continuing until 3 p.m. when the ducky pinball is held. Then at 4 p.m. watch the down-river parade. It is certainly exciting to see these talented river runners.”

Details courtesy of the Pagosa Springs Sun.

The Weather

River temperature is 35 degrees Fahrenheit.

Saturday morning will be partly cloudy with clouds increasing and building late in the morning. The first couple of showers and thunderstorms are possible over the mountains after 11am and then in the valley after 1pm. Convective activity is always spotty – not everyone will get hit every day.

Rain could fall heavily for brief periods and be accompanied by small hail, gusty winds, and lightning. “Slow movers” are capable of dropping a bunch of rain over small areas and localized flooding is possible.

Temps… Highs will be in the low to high 60s and lows will be in the mid-30s to mid-40s.

Winds… Afternoon gusts will mostly be in the 10-20mph range, however isolated gusts 25-35mph are possible near showers and thunderstorms.

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I grew up in Montana where my love of the mountains is rooted. I was in the Air Force, forecasting aviation weather, for 24 years. I had eight assignments and my favorites were Colorado, Alaska, Korea, and Germany. I deployed a number of times including to Iraq and Afghanistan. After RV traveling for nine years, we found paradise in Pagosa. Here we enjoy playing outside in the spectacular San Juan mountains!
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