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Colorado whitewater, Crystal River

Pitkin Gunnison county, Marble to Redstone section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV     3 miles
  The wonderful Colorado scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water make the trip here worthwhile. The Marble to Redstone section of Crystal River in Colorado is 3 miles long and is a class III-IV section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. This section is quite short so it's not like you're gonna spend hours on the river in one stretch. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because
    these hotels fill up quick. Great exercise and just being out on the river for a while have a lot of people coming here. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the Marble to Redstone stretch is just
one of many. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. The starting location is a short drive from Edwards, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Colorado tend to be more challenging than the national average, so keep in mind that lots of rivers here are not for beginners.

Briefly about the general area:
There's good hiking along the Munsey Ruby Stock Driveway,
 
and visiting Paonia State Park is a tremendous thing to do. Summertime highs at Crystal River frequently tend to be in the 70's while overnight lows are commonly in the 40's. The winter brings highs down to the 30's; nighttime lows in the-10's for Crystal River. At Crystal River you donít see much precipitation. August is the wettest month with most rain, and the driest of the months is February.

Crystal River, Marble to Redstone 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 - South Fork, Gunnison County, 3 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.25 miles long (Schofield Pass to Crystal)
Crystal River, Pitkin/ Gunnison County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Marble to Redstone)
Crystal River, Pitkin/Gunnison County, 3 miles away
      Class V+ - 2 miles long (Redstone to Penny Hot Springs)
Yule Creek, Pitkin County, 4 miles away
      Class V+ - 1.3 miles long (Bible Camp to Crystal River)
Crystal River, Pitkin County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2.1 miles long (Penny Hot Springs to Avalanche Creek)
Crystal River, Gunnison County, 6 miles away
      Class V+ - 1.8 miles long (Road to Crystal to Beaver Lake)
Crystal River, Pitkin County, 7 miles away
      Class III - 4.8 miles long (Avalanche Creek to B.R.Campground)
Yule Creek, Gunnison County, 8 miles away
      Class V+ - 2.25 miles long (10 000' to Marble Quarry)
Crystal River, Gunnison County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 3 miles long (Crystal Mill Falls to Crystal Gorge)
Crystal River - North Fork, Gunnison County, 9 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.65 miles long (to scree slope)
 Ski Areas Near Crystal River:
Sunlight Mountain, Colorado , 17 miles away, 2010 foot drop, 4 lifts, 67 runs
Crested Butte, Colorado , 21 miles away, 2775 foot drop, 16 lifts, 121 runs
Irwin Lodge, Colorado , 23 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 15 runs
Buttermilk, Colorado , 25 miles away, 2030 foot drop, 7 lifts, 41 runs
Aspen Highlands, Colorado , 25 miles away, 3635 foot drop, 4 lifts, 131 runs
Aspen Mountain, Colorado , 27 miles away, 3267 foot drop, 8 lifts, 76 runs
Snowmass, Colorado , 30 miles away, 4406 foot drop, 21 lifts, 84 runs
Beaver Creek, Colorado , 55 miles away, 3340 foot drop, 25 lifts, 149 runs
Ski Cooper, Colorado , 65 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Vail, Colorado , 65 miles away, 3450 foot drop, 31 lifts, 193 runs
 Marinas Near Crystal River:
Roaring Fork Marina, Carbondale , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Crystal River:
Comfort Inn & Suites, Carbondale , 15 miles away
Days Inn Carbondale, Carbondale , 16 miles away
Aspenalt Lodge, Basalt , 18 miles away
The Pokolodi Lodge, Snowmass Village , 19 miles away
Snowmass Mountain Chalet, Snowmass Village , 19 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Crystal River:
Bogan Flats Group, Somerset, 3 miles away
Meri-daes RV Park and General Store, Carbondale, 3 miles away
Bogan Flats, Somerset, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Crystal River:
Munsey Ruby Stock Driveway, Gunnison , 8 miles away
Hammond Trail, Gunnison , 17 miles away
Trail Riders Trail, Gunnison , 17 miles away
Sunset Trail, Gunnison , 19 miles away
Blue Creek Trail, Eagle , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Crystal River:
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, Gunnison - CO , 55 miles away
Curecanti National Recreation Area, Gunnison - CO , 55 miles away
Paonia State Park, Colorado , 13 miles away
Gunnison National Forest, Colorado , 17 miles away
Crawford State Park, Colorado , 36 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Crystal River:
River Valley Ranch Golf Club, Carbondale , 14 miles away
Ranch at Roaring Fork Golf Course, Carbondale , 16 miles away
Aspen Glen Golf Club, Carbondale , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Crystal River
Geneva Lake, Gunnison , 10 miles away

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