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Colorado whitewater, Crystal River

Gunnison county, Crystal Mill Falls to Crystal Gorge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV(V)     3 miles
  The scenic beauty of Gunnison County and the water flowing gracefully down Crystal River are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The average Colorado whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be harder to run than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. This is not the only paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too. There's camping
    available near Crystal River. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good places. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance
then no problem but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. A bit of exercise and just being out on the river for a while will have you coming back for more. The put-in is not too far from Edwards, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This stretch of Crystal River in Colorado is 3 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class III-IV(V) section. This is  
a short paddling stretch so no need to bring snacks.

Briefly about the general area:
If you're keen on cool geologic marks, try Chimneys of Treasure Mountain; there are great locations to explore along the Trail Riders Trail. Near Crystal River you locate Crystal Canyon which is a perfect location to have a look at. Going for a hike on the Munsey Ruby Stock Driveway is always a great adventure, and gorgeous scenery and good skiing is what you acquire at Crested Butte. During the summer months at Crystal River temperatures are regularly in the 70's. Once the sun is down it descends down to the 40's.

Crystal River, Crystal Mill Falls to Crystal Gorge 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 Crystal River.
 Whitewater Near Crystal River:
Crystal River, Gunnison County, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 3 miles long (Crystal Mill Falls to Crystal Gorge)
Crystal River, Gunnison County, 1 miles away
      Class V+ - 1.8 miles long (Road to Crystal to Beaver Lake)
Crystal River - North Fork, Gunnison County, 3 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.65 miles long (to scree slope)
Yule Creek, Gunnison County, 3 miles away
      Class V+ - 2.25 miles long (10 000' to Marble Quarry)
Yule Creek, Pitkin County, 4 miles away
      Class V+ - 1.3 miles long (Bible Camp to Crystal River)
Crystal River - South Fork, Gunnison County, 5 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.25 miles long (Schofield Pass to Crystal)
Crystal River, Pitkin/ Gunnison County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Marble to Redstone)
Daisy Creek, Gunnison County, 6 miles away
      Class V - 1 miles long (40' Waterfall to confluence with Slate River)
Slate River, Gunnison County, 8 miles away
      Class V - 2 miles long (Beaver Ponds to Oh Be Joyful Campground)
Oh Be Joyful Creek, Gunnison County, 10 miles away
      Class V - 1 miles long (Ankle Breaker to Beaver Ponds)
 Ski Areas Near Crystal River:
Crested Butte, Colorado , 14 miles away, 2775 foot drop, 16 lifts, 121 runs
Irwin Lodge, Colorado , 16 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 15 runs
Aspen Highlands, Colorado , 20 miles away, 3635 foot drop, 4 lifts, 131 runs
Buttermilk, Colorado , 20 miles away, 2030 foot drop, 7 lifts, 41 runs
Aspen Mountain, Colorado , 22 miles away, 3267 foot drop, 8 lifts, 76 runs
Sunlight Mountain, Colorado , 23 miles away, 2010 foot drop, 4 lifts, 67 runs
Snowmass, Colorado , 24 miles away, 4406 foot drop, 21 lifts, 84 runs
Beaver Creek, Colorado , 51 miles away, 3340 foot drop, 25 lifts, 149 runs
Ski Cooper, Colorado , 59 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Vail, Colorado , 60 miles away, 3450 foot drop, 31 lifts, 193 runs
 Hotels Near Crystal River:
Grand Lodge Crested Butte, Crested Butte , 14 miles away
The Grand Lodge Crested Butte Hotel And Suites, Crested Butte , 14 miles away
The Lodge At Mountaineer Square, Crested Butte , 14 miles away
Crested Butte Mt R, Crested Butte , 14 miles away
Elevation Hotel And Spa, Crested Butte , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Crystal River:
Geneva Lake, Snowmass Village, 4 miles away
Meri-daes RV Park and General Store, Carbondale, 5 miles away
Snowmass Lake, Snowmass Village, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Crystal River:
Munsey Ruby Stock Driveway, Gunnison , 9 miles away
Trail Riders Trail, Gunnison , 10 miles away
Lowline Trail, Gunnison , 18 miles away
Hammond Trail, Gunnison , 19 miles away
Mill-Castle Trail, Gunnison , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Crystal River:
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, Gunnison - CO , 48 miles away
Curecanti National Recreation Area, Gunnison - CO , 48 miles away
Paonia State Park, Colorado , 17 miles away
Gunnison National Forest, Colorado , 17 miles away
Sylvan State Park, Colorado , 35 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Crystal River:
Crested Butte Country Club, Crested Butte , 16 miles away
Snowmass Golf Course, Snowmass Village , 16 miles away
Roaring Fork Club, Basalt , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Crystal River
Geneva Lake, Gunnison , 4 miles away

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