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Colorado whitewater, Crystal River - North Fork

Gunnison county, to scree slope section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS V+     0.65 miles
  This section of Crystal River - North Fork is 0.65 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class V+ section. The wonderful Gunnison County scenery and the cool fresh water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more challenging than the national average, so if you're not from around here don't forget that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners.
    This is a very short section so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. There are so many sections to paddle in this river system, the to scree
slope section is just one of many. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Edwards, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. A good workout and just being out on the river for a while will make you glad you came. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick.

Briefly about the general area:
Don't leave Crystal River - North
 
Fork without first checking out Mineral Point. Take a hike on the Trail Riders Trail, and what would a place like Crystal River - North Fork be without exciting close by marks like Devils Rockpile. This river is so wonderful. Hiking along the Munsey Ruby Stock Driveway is wonderful fun; Crystal Canyon is another good place to pop by nearby. There's no such thing as a bad day of skiing at nearby Crested Butte. Crystal River - North Fork is pretty arid typically. All through August this area sees the most rain, and the driest month is February. Through the days of summer, highs frequently are in the 70's at Crystal River - North Fork.

Crystal River - North Fork, to scree slope 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 - North Fork.
 Whitewater Near Crystal River - North Fork:
Crystal River - North Fork, Gunnison County, 0 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.65 miles long (to scree slope)
Crystal River, Gunnison County, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 3 miles long (Crystal Mill Falls to Crystal Gorge)
Crystal River, Gunnison County, 4 miles away
      Class V+ - 1.8 miles long (Road to Crystal to Beaver Lake)
Yule Creek, Gunnison County, 5 miles away
      Class V+ - 2.25 miles long (10 000' to Marble Quarry)
Yule Creek, Pitkin County, 6 miles away
      Class V+ - 1.3 miles long (Bible Camp to Crystal River)
Daisy Creek, Gunnison County, 6 miles away
      Class V - 1 miles long (40' Waterfall to confluence with Slate River)
Crystal River - South Fork, Gunnison County, 7 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.25 miles long (Schofield Pass to Crystal)
Crystal River, Pitkin/ Gunnison County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Marble to Redstone)
Slate River, Gunnison County, 7 miles away
      Class V - 2 miles long (Beaver Ponds to Oh Be Joyful Campground)
Oh Be Joyful Creek, Gunnison County, 9 miles away
      Class V - 1 miles long (Ankle Breaker to Beaver Ponds)
 Ski Areas Near Crystal River - North Fork:
Crested Butte, Colorado , 13 miles away, 2775 foot drop, 16 lifts, 121 runs
Irwin Lodge, Colorado , 15 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 15 runs
Aspen Highlands, Colorado , 17 miles away, 3635 foot drop, 4 lifts, 131 runs
Buttermilk, Colorado , 18 miles away, 2030 foot drop, 7 lifts, 41 runs
Aspen Mountain, Colorado , 20 miles away, 3267 foot drop, 8 lifts, 76 runs
Snowmass, Colorado , 22 miles away, 4406 foot drop, 21 lifts, 84 runs
Sunlight Mountain, Colorado , 25 miles away, 2010 foot drop, 4 lifts, 67 runs
Beaver Creek, Colorado , 49 miles away, 3340 foot drop, 25 lifts, 149 runs
Ski Cooper, Colorado , 57 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Vail, Colorado , 59 miles away, 3450 foot drop, 31 lifts, 193 runs
 Hotels Near Crystal River - North Fork:
Laurelwood Condominiums, Snowmass Village , 12 miles away
The Pokolodi Lodge, Snowmass Village , 12 miles away
Snowmass Mountain Chalet, Snowmass Village , 12 miles away
The Stonebridge Inn, Snowmass Village , 12 miles away
Grand Lodge Crested Butte, Crested Butte , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Crystal River - North Fork:
Geneva Lake, Snowmass Village, 2 miles away
Snowmass Lake, Snowmass Village, 5 miles away
Washington Gulch, Crested Butte, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Crystal River - North Fork:
Trail Riders Trail, Gunnison , 9 miles away
Munsey Ruby Stock Driveway, Gunnison , 11 miles away
Lowline Trail, Gunnison , 18 miles away
Blue Creek Trail, Eagle , 19 miles away
Mill-Castle Trail, Gunnison , 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near Crystal River - North Fork:
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, Gunnison - CO , 47 miles away
Curecanti National Recreation Area, Gunnison - CO , 47 miles away
Gunnison National Forest, Colorado , 18 miles away
Paonia State Park, Colorado , 19 miles away
Sylvan State Park, Colorado , 33 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Crystal River - North Fork:
Snowmass Golf Course, Snowmass Village , 14 miles away
Crested Butte Country Club, Crested Butte , 15 miles away
Roaring Fork Club, Basalt , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Crystal River - North Fork
Geneva Lake, Gunnison , 2 miles away

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