Rivers in the area are expected to hit peak flows in the next few weeks and the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office is one of several agencies warning residents to be careful when recreating in the water.
The sheriff's office said late last week that inexperienced rafters are a big concern, and the Colorado River can often be deceiving.
“Coming from the Shoshone water plant down through Grizzly Creek is probably one of the most treacherous areas we have,” explained sheriff's office spokesman Walt Stowe. “There’s a lot of real fast water there [and] lots of large rocks in the river.”
A rafter died upstream of Grizzly Creek last summer.
Stowe also said his office has noticed a significant increase in the number of people recreating on the Colorado River over the past five years.