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Colorado whitewater, Colorado River

Garfield county, Hanging Lake Exit 125 to Grizzly Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV-V(V+)     3.8 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Colorado and the playfulness of the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. If you're coming from Edwards it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, as you can see on the road map further down. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Hanging Lake Exit 125 to Grizzly Creek section is one of them. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here
    you'll find a large number of good rivers. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often more difficult than elsewhere, so better not forget that rivers
here are less forgiving. This is a bit of a short stretch so better bring some good walking shoes. The Hanging Lake Exit 125 to Grizzly Creek section of Colorado River is 3.8 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class IV-V(V+) section. Getting your paddling muscles activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors are sure to keep you coming back for more.

Briefly about the general area:
Dolan Gulch is in close
 
proximity to Colorado River and is a good place; you're sure to encounter some great people from Glenwood Springs here. The skiing at Sunlight Mountain is glorious. During the summer highs here at Colorado River reach the 80's with nighttime lows in the 50's. The wintertime brings highs down to the 30's while Colorado River nighttime low temperatures during the wintertime are in the 0's. Colorado River gets very little rain. Of all the months in a year October is the one with the most rain; February meanwhile is the driest month.

Colorado River, Hanging Lake Exit 125 to Grizzly Creek road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Colorado River.
 Whitewater Near Colorado River:
Whitewater Outfitter - Whitewater Rafting, Garfield County, 1 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Glenwood Canyon Rafting, Garfield County, 1 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Blue SKY Adventures, Garfield County, 2 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - UP THA Creek Expeditions, Garfield County, 2 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Rock Gardens Rafting, Garfield County, 7 miles away
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Roaring Fork, Pitkin/Garfield County, 7 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 6.2 miles long (Black Bridge to Veltus Park)
Grizzly Creek, Garfield County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1 miles long (1 mile up trail to Grizzly Creek Rest Area)
Colorado River, Garfield County, 11 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 3.8 miles long (Hanging Lake Exit 125 to Grizzly Creek)
Colorado River, garfield County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2 miles long (Shoshone Power Plant Exit 123 to Grizzly Creek Exit 121)
Crystal River, Pitkin County, 19 miles away
      Class III - 4.8 miles long (Avalanche Creek to B.R.Campground)
 Ski Areas Near Colorado River:
Sunlight Mountain, Colorado , 10 miles away, 2010 foot drop, 4 lifts, 67 runs
Buttermilk, Colorado , 40 miles away, 2030 foot drop, 7 lifts, 41 runs
Aspen Highlands, Colorado , 40 miles away, 3635 foot drop, 4 lifts, 131 runs
Aspen Mountain, Colorado , 42 miles away, 3267 foot drop, 8 lifts, 76 runs
Snowmass, Colorado , 45 miles away, 4406 foot drop, 21 lifts, 84 runs
Crested Butte, Colorado , 45 miles away, 2775 foot drop, 16 lifts, 121 runs
Irwin Lodge, Colorado , 47 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 15 runs
Beaver Creek, Colorado , 58 miles away, 3340 foot drop, 25 lifts, 149 runs
Howelsen Hill, Colorado , 60 miles away, 440 foot drop, 3 lifts, 15 runs
Steamboat, Colorado , 61 miles away, 3668 foot drop, 20 lifts, 143 runs
 Marinas Near Colorado River:
Roaring Fork Marina, Carbondale , 12 miles away
 Hotels Near Colorado River:
Affordable Inn Of Glenwood Springs, Glenwood Springs , 1 miles away
Glenwood Suites, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member, Glenwood Springs , 1 miles away
Clarion Collection Glenwood Suites, Glenwood Springs , 1 miles away
Rodeway Inn Glenwood Springs, Glenwood Springs , 1 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites On The River, Glenwood Springs , 1 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Colorado River:
Ami's Acres Campgrounds, Glenwood Springs, 1 miles away
Lesh RV and Mobile Home Park, Glenwood Springs, 2 miles away
East Fork - White River National Forest, Glenwood Springs, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Colorado River:
Last Chance Trail, Garfield , 19 miles away
Oyster Lake Trail, Rio Blanco , 19 miles away
Mansfield Ditch Trail, Garfield , 19 miles away
Fayville Trail, Rio Blanco , 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near Colorado River:
Harvey Gap State Park, Colorado , 21 miles away
Rifle Falls State Park, Colorado , 25 miles away
Rifle Gap State Park, Colorado , 29 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Colorado River:
Glenwood SPGS Golf Club, Glenwood Springs , 1 miles away
Ironbridge Golf Club, Glenwood Springs , 4 miles away
Westbank Golf Course, Glenwood Springs , 7 miles away
 Lakes Near Colorado River
Adams Lake, Garfield , 10 miles away
Elk Lakes, Garfield , 11 miles away
Jet Lake, Garfield , 12 miles away

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