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Kayaking & Canoeing Colorado River Colorado

Byers Canyon
Put-in:  Bridge next to Riverside Hotel
Take-out:  Bridge near County Rd. 50 turnoff
Difficulty:  Class IV 400-2000 cfs, V- above 2000 cfs
Length:  2.6 miles
Gore Canyon
 photos of Gore Canyon  videos of Gore Canyon  map of Gore Canyon
Put-in:  Colorado & Blue confluence
Take-out:  Pumphouse Campground
Difficulty:  Class V
Length:  9.2 miles (3.9 miles of flat)
Upper Colorado
 photos of Upper Colorado  map of Upper Colorado
Put-in:  Pumphouse Campground
Take-out:  Hwy 131 Bridge
Difficulty:  Class II+
Length:  15 miles
State Bridge to Dotsero
 map of State Bridge to Dotsero
Put-in:  State Bridge
Take-out:  Dotsero
Difficulty:  Class II+
Length:  45 miles
Barrel Springs
 videos of Barrel Springs
Put-in:  Hanging Lake Exit
Take-out:  Exit 121 or Exit 123
Difficulty:  Class IV+ < 2000 cfs

Class V, 2000-6000 cf
Length:  2.2 miles
Tributary - Sweetwater Creek
Put-in:  Double Falls at Pine Valley Ranch
Take-out:  Anderson Youth Camp
Difficulty:  Class IV-
Length:  4.5 miles
Burns Rodeo Hole
Put-in:  Just North of Derby
Take-out:  Same
Difficulty:  Class
Length:  100 yards
Shoshone to Grizzly Creek
 photos of Shoshone to Grizzly Creek  map of Shoshone to Grizzly Creek
Put-in:  Exit 123 off I-70; Shoshone Power Plant
Take-out:  Exit 121 off I-70
Difficulty:  Class III
Length:  2 miles
Tributary - Rock Creek
Put-in:  Shoe & Stocking Crk Trailhead
Take-out:  Bridge on 4A RD Below Quarry
Difficulty:  Class V+
Length:  7 miles
Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park
 photos of Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park  videos of Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park
Put-in:  I-70 exit in West Glenwood Springs
Take-out:  Midland Ave Bridge
Difficulty:  Class
Length:  1 mile
Grizzly Creek to New Castle
 map of Grizzly Creek to New Castle
Put-in:  Grizzly Creek Rest Area
Take-out:  Tibbett's near New Castle
Difficulty:  Class II+
Length:  19 miles
Tributary - Plateau Creek
Put-in:  Hwy 65
Take-out:  1-70 ramp
Difficulty:  Class III, IV-
Length:  8.3 miles
Tributary - Piney River
Put-in:  Piney Crossing
Take-out:  State Bridge
Difficulty:  Class V+ to VI-
Length:  19 miles
Ruby & Horsethief Canyon
 photos of Ruby & Horsethief Canyon  map of Ruby & Horsethief Canyon
Put-in:  Loma Boat Ramp
Take-out:  Westwater Ranger Station
Difficulty:  Class I, II
Length:  25 miles
Tributary - Plateau Creek
Put-in:  Hwy 65
Take-out:  1-70 ramp
Difficulty:  Class III
Length:  8.3 miles
Tributary - Buzzard Creek
Put-in:  64.30 RD
Take-out:  Collbran
Difficulty:  Class IV
Length:  7 miles
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  The Colorado River begins its long journey to the sea in the northern Colorado Rockies at Rocky Mountain National Park. In Colorado, there are many whitewater sections and slow moving float sections suitable for river rafting on the Colorado River. Some of the best are shown here.

The Colorado River is the 7th longest river in the U.S. at 1450 miles. It flows through Colorado, Utah, Arizona and Mexico before it's final destination in the Pacific Ocean at the Gulf of California.

Written by Brad Goettemoeller