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Idahoskier420I've never paddled in Colorado, but the American White Water Association, americanwhitewater.org has all the info you need.
Boats I would recommend are Liquid Logic Remix, Wavesport Diesel, or Jackson Hero. There are many more good river boats out there but those are the ones I'm familiar with.
The other option is to buy a playboat (smaller volume, made for freestyle). If you live within a reasonable distance of a whitewater park and/or surf wave, playboating is a great way to fine tune paddle strokes and get dialed with rolling, because you'll be spending alot of time upside down.
As a beginner I would recommend a bigger volume river runner like the Remix, but it all depends on what you can afford/find.
Used kayaks are easy to come by but even with secondhand boats, you get what you pay for. Talk to your kayak instructors/paddling friends and ask if they know any boats for sale.
Remember, pulling your skirt and swimming means drinking a beer from your river bootie!
Let me know if you have any other questions