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Colorado whitewater, Crystal River

Pitkin county, Avalanche Creek to B.R.Campground section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III     4.8 miles
  The put-in location is a short drive from Edwards, as you can see on the road map further down. This section of Crystal River in Pitkin County is 4.8 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class III section of whitewater. There's camping available near Crystal River. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. No matter if you're
    whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. This stretch has has enough mileage, it's good length for a morning trip. This river system is full of great paddling sections, the Avalanche
Creek to B.R.Campground section is just one of them. The average Colorado whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less manageable. A bit of exercise and spending some quality time in nature are great reasons to come. The nature scenery of Colorado and the water flowing gracefully down Crystal River have  
people coming here.

Briefly about the general area:
Really pleasant skiing awaits you at Sunlight Mountain, and Crystal River is not far at all from Carbondale. Crystal River is right by the Blue Creek Trail. At Crystal River through the warm months highs are in the 80's, and through summer nights temperatures are in the 50's. Daytime highs through the winter are in the 30's while the cold winter nights at Crystal River are in the 0's. It is very arid here at Crystal River typically. During the month of October you get the most rain around here while February is the month with the least amount of precipitation.

Crystal River, Avalanche Creek to B.R.Campground 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, Pitkin County, 2 miles away
      Class III - 4.8 miles long (Avalanche Creek to B.R.Campground)
Crystal River, Pitkin County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2.1 miles long (Penny Hot Springs to Avalanche Creek)
Crystal River, Pitkin/Gunnison County, 5 miles away
      Class V+ - 2 miles long (Redstone to Penny Hot Springs)
Crystal River - South Fork, Gunnison County, 11 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.25 miles long (Schofield Pass to Crystal)
Crystal River, Pitkin/ Gunnison County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Marble to Redstone)
Yule Creek, Pitkin County, 12 miles away
      Class V+ - 1.3 miles long (Bible Camp to Crystal River)
Roaring Fork, Pitkin/Garfield County, 12 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 6.2 miles long (Black Bridge to Veltus Park)
Crystal River, Gunnison County, 12 miles away
      Class V+ - 1.8 miles long (Road to Crystal to Beaver Lake)
Whitewater Outfitter - Rock Gardens Rafting, Garfield County, 13 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Crystal River, Gunnison County, 14 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 3 miles long (Crystal Mill Falls to Crystal Gorge)
 Ski Areas Near Crystal River:
Sunlight Mountain, Colorado , 10 miles away, 2010 foot drop, 4 lifts, 67 runs
Buttermilk, Colorado , 25 miles away, 2030 foot drop, 7 lifts, 41 runs
Aspen Highlands, Colorado , 26 miles away, 3635 foot drop, 4 lifts, 131 runs
Crested Butte, Colorado , 27 miles away, 2775 foot drop, 16 lifts, 121 runs
Aspen Mountain, Colorado , 28 miles away, 3267 foot drop, 8 lifts, 76 runs
Irwin Lodge, Colorado , 29 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 15 runs
Snowmass, Colorado , 31 miles away, 4406 foot drop, 21 lifts, 84 runs
Beaver Creek, Colorado , 52 miles away, 3340 foot drop, 25 lifts, 149 runs
Vail, Colorado , 62 miles away, 3450 foot drop, 31 lifts, 193 runs
Ski Cooper, Colorado , 64 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
 Marinas Near Crystal River:
Roaring Fork Marina, Carbondale , 8 miles away
 Hotels Near Crystal River:
Comfort Inn & Suites, Carbondale , 7 miles away
Days Inn Carbondale, Carbondale , 7 miles away
Aspenalt Lodge, Basalt , 14 miles away
Caravan Inn, Glenwood Springs , 16 miles away
Hotel Colorado, Glenwood Springs , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Crystal River:
Janeway Campground, Pitkin County, 1 miles away
Avalanche Campground, Pitkin County, 2 miles away
Brb Crystal River Resort, Carbondale, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Crystal River:
Blue Creek Trail, Eagle , 14 miles away
Munsey Ruby Stock Driveway, Gunnison , 16 miles away
 Public Lands Near Crystal River:
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, Gunnison - CO , 61 miles away
Curecanti National Recreation Area, Gunnison - CO , 61 miles away
Paonia State Park, Colorado , 19 miles away
Gunnison National Forest, Colorado , 25 miles away
Harvey Gap State Park, Colorado , 35 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Crystal River:
River Valley Ranch Golf Club, Carbondale , 6 miles away
Ranch at Roaring Fork Golf Course, Carbondale , 9 miles away
Aspen Glen Golf Club, Carbondale , 9 miles away
 Lakes Near Crystal River
Geneva Lake, Gunnison , 14 miles away

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