Other Whitewater Trips on the Piedra River

 »  Second and First Box Canyons
 »  Review this trip
 »  Post Alert for this trip
Lodging in Colorado

 »  Colorado Bed & Breakfasts
 »  Colorado Cabins, Condos, and Vacation Rentals
 »  Colorado Campgrounds
 »  Colorado Guest Ranches & Dude Ranches
 »  Colorado Hotels & Motels
 »  Colorado Youth Hostels

 Find a Rafting Trip

 Link to Us
 Email This Page to a Friend
 Business Login
 Add a Listing

  Follow Us On Twitter
  Visit Us On Facebook

Paddlesports Schools:

Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center
Located in:
Salida, CO

More Details
Our Website
Whitewater Kayaking, Rafting, Rock Climbing, & Mountain Biking: Guided Tours and Professional Instruction. Choose your own a (more...)
site home  :: self guided home  :: U.S. river guide  :: Rivers in Colorado  :: Piedra River Colorado  :: Second and First Box Canyons Whitewater Kayaking Trip

Second and First Box Canyons Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Piedra River

Cataraft in First Mudslide Rapid
Kayaker in First Mudslide Rapid Arial View of Second Mudslide Rapid Kayaker in First Mudslide Rapid

View larger map of Second and First Box Canyons & get directions
Click 'Earth' to fly through the canyon!
Second and First Box Canyons Info
Use this information at your own risk. See our legal notices.
Put In:  Piedra Road Bridge
Take Out:  Lower Piedra Campground
Gradient:  53 ft/mi
Run Length:  20 miles
Flow Information (phone):  The flow shown above is downstream of the run. For a more accurate reading contact 4corners Riversports.
Good Level:  700-2,000 cfs
Season Comments:  May, June
Permit:  No permit required
Character/Similar To:  This long run through narrow forested canyons has some significant drops, as well as calm water. The Second Box consists of two steep and pushy rapids with a few possible play spots. The First Box (the downstream canyon) is much more difficult and contains three significant, steep and bony rapids.
Hazards:  Numerous logs. Difficult scouting and portages. Landslides can alter rapids at any time.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  Mostly National Forest
Wilderness:  Yes
Camping on River:  Many sites except in the box canyons. Most two day trips camp at First Fork Campground. There are USFS campgrounds at the put-in and take-out.
Location:  In the Rocky Mtn Region (CO), 318 miles Southwest of Denver
Shuttle Logistics: 

Put-in: Turn north off of US 160 two miles west of Pagosa Springs onto Piedra Road (USFS Road 631) and drive about 16 miles to the bridge near Piedra Picnic Ground.

Take-out: Return to US 160, drive west 19 miles, cross the Piedra, turn right on unpaved USFS Road 621 which leads over a mile to the Lower Piedra Campground.

Towns near Second and First Box Canyons Kayaking

Durango Colorado
Durango Colorado
Farmington New Mexico
Pagosa Springs Colorado
South Fork Colorado

Other Resources

Conservation Organizations
  • Save The Poudre
  • Sierra Club-Poudre Canyon Group
  • Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado
  • River Managing Agencies
  • Colorado State Parks
  • Rocky Mountain Kayak Clubs
  • Colorado School of Mines Kayak Club
  • Colorado Whitewater Association
  • High Country River Rafters
  • Pikes Peak Whitewater Club
  • Poudre Paddlers
  • Rocky Mountain Canoe Club
  • Travel Guides
  • Colorado Vacation & Travel Guide