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Colorado whitewater, Conejos River

Conejos county, Platoro Reservoir to South Fork Conejos section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-IV     6.4 miles
  The natural beauty of Conejos County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream attract people from near and far. The put-in location is a short drive from Espanola, as you can see on the road map further down. The Platoro Reservoir to South Fork Conejos stretch of Conejos River in Colorado is 6.4 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II-IV section. The campgrounds here at Conejos River are
    pretty good. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Colorado are often more challenging than in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. This is one
of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, it's perfect for a one day trip. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. The beauty of the San Juan and Jemez Mountains is a great plus for this river. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking,  
either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. Getting a good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come.

Briefly about the general area:
A pleasant site in the neighborhood of Conejos River is Roaring Gulch, and if the weather is perfect, you can go for a hike along the Conejos Trail. Be careful coming to the San Juan and Jemez Mountains, you might not ever wanna return home again. The Pinnacles is an out of the ordinary site to stop by while at Conejos River. Going for a hike along the Bear Lake Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this area.

Conejos River, Platoro Reservoir to South Fork Conejos 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 Conejos River.
 Whitewater Near Conejos River:
Conejos River, Conejos County, 2 miles away
      Class II-IV - 6.4 miles long (Platoro Reservoir to South Fork Conejos)
Rio de los Pinos, -blank- County, 17 miles away
      Class V+ - 8.8 miles long (Osier Colorado to Campground Close to San Miguel New Mexico)
Rio Brazos, Rio Arriba Co. County, 22 miles away
      Class V+ - 14.5 miles long (above Corkins Lodge)
Rio Chama, Rio Arriba County, 23 miles away
      Class I-II - 15 miles long (Chama to Los Ojos)
Rio de los Pinos, Rio Arriba County, 23 miles away
      Class II-III - 12 miles long (Atencio Canyon to Los Pinos)
Navajo River, Rio Arriba County, 24 miles away
      Class II - 20 miles long (Chromo Colorado to Colorado Border)
San Antonio River, Rio Arriba County, 26 miles away
      Class II-III - 20 miles long (Lagunitas to Los Pinos)
San Juan River - East Fork, Archuleta County, 27 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4 miles long (East Fork to 160 Bridge)
Navajo River, Rio Arriba (NM) / Archuleta County, 28 miles away
      Class I-II - 25 miles long (Lower 25 miles to San Juan confluence)
Rio de los Brazos, Rio Arriba County, 29 miles away
      Class I-III - 9 miles long (Corkins Lodge to confluence with Rio Chama)
 Ski Areas Near Conejos River:
Wolf Creek, Colorado , 25 miles away, 1604 foot drop, 7 lifts, 77 runs
Monarch, Colorado , 69 miles away, 1162 foot drop, 7 lifts, 63 runs
Pajarito Mountain, New Mexico , 75 miles away, 1410 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Red River, New Mexico , 80 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 7 lifts, 58 runs
Taos, New Mexico , 80 miles away, 2612 foot drop, 13 lifts, 110 runs
Kendall Mountain, Colorado , 87 miles away, 400 foot drop, 1 lifts, 3 runs
Silverton, Colorado , 87 miles away, 3200 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Sipapu, New Mexico , 88 miles away, 1055 foot drop, 4 lifts, 31 runs
Ski Santa Fe, New Mexico , 93 miles away, 1725 foot drop, 7 lifts, 69 runs
Irwin Lodge, Colorado , 94 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 15 runs
 Hotels Near Conejos River:
Gandy Dancer Inn Bed And Breakfast, Chama , 21 miles away
Branding Iron Motel, Chama , 21 miles away
AppleLodge Bed & Breakfast, Del Norte , 24 miles away
Allington Inn And Suites, South Fork , 25 miles away
BEST WESTERN Movie Manor, Monte Vista , 26 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Conejos River:
Lake Fork - Red Mt, Del Norte, 3 miles away
Conejos Campground, Conejos County, 6 miles away
Spectacle Lake Campground, Conejos County, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Conejos River:
Bear Lake Trail, Conejos , 2 miles away
Conejos Trail, Conejos , 2 miles away
Lake Fork Trail, Conejos , 4 miles away
Ruybalid Trail, Conejos , 4 miles away
Hot Creek Stock Driveway, Conejos , 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Conejos River:
Great Sand Dunes National Monument, Mosca - CO , 58 miles away
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, Gunnison - CO , 66 miles away
Heron Lake State Park, New Mexico , 32 miles away
El Vado Lake State Park, New Mexico , 37 miles away
 Lakes Near Conejos River
Bear Lake, Conejos , 3 miles away
Terrace Reservoir, Conejos , 14 miles away
Opal Lake, Archuleta , 20 miles away

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