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Colorado whitewater, Dolores River

Montezuma Dolores county, Bedrock to Gateway section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II+     44 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Colorado is often tougher than elsewhere, so you'd better keep in mind that rivers here are not as easy as elsewhere. The Bedrock to Gateway section of Dolores River in Colorado is 44 miles long and is a class II+ section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The scenic beauty of Colorado and the playfulness of the water make the trip here worthwhile. Getting a good workout and a chance to spend
    some time outdoors will make you glad you came. Now this is a pretty long section, perfect for a real wilderness adventure. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. The put-in location is a short drive from Grand Junction,
as you can see on the road map further down. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way in this general area you won't find many other paddling spots.

Briefly about the general area:
Hiking is a popular thing to do around Dolores River; Snowshoe Trail is a good local
 
trail. You'll meet a lot of people from Bedrock here, and magnificent hiking is available along the Radium Trail. This river has it all. For the period of the warm days of summer highs here at Dolores River get into the 90's, and the nighttime is fairly cooler of course, commonly in the 60's. The winter comes with highs in the 40's with winter lows in the 10's overnight here at Dolores River. Dolores River is pretty dry frequently. Of all the months in a year August is the one with the most rain; June on the other hand is the driest.

Dolores River, Bedrock to Gateway 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 Dolores River.
 Whitewater Near Dolores River:
Dolores River, Montezuma/Dolores County, 11 miles away
      Class II+ - 44 miles long (Bedrock to Gateway)
Dolores River, Mesa County, 11 miles away
      Class II+(IV) - 30 miles long (Gateway to Colorado River)
Dolores River, Grand County, 11 miles away
      Class II+(IV) - 30 miles long (Gateway to Colorado River)
Dolores River, Montezuma/Dolores County, 25 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 50 miles long (Slickrock to Bedrock)
 Ski Areas Near Dolores River:
Powderhorn, Colorado , 63 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 4 lifts, 44 runs
Telluride, Colorado , 81 miles away, 3845 foot drop, 18 lifts, 115 runs
Hesperus Ski Center, Colorado , 89 miles away, 700 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Purgatory, Colorado , 90 miles away, 2029 foot drop, 11 lifts, 85 runs
Silverton, Colorado , 96 miles away, 3200 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Kendall Mountain, Colorado , 96 miles away, 400 foot drop, 1 lifts, 3 runs
 Hotels Near Dolores River:
Red Stone Inn, Moab , 33 miles away
Sorrel River Ranch Resort And Spa, Moab , 34 miles away
Comfort Inn Fruita, Fruita , 38 miles away
Super 8 Fruita, Fruita , 38 miles away
La Quinta Inn & Suites Fruita, Fruita , 38 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Dolores River:
Buckeye Campground, Montrose County, 8 miles away
Bedrock, Bedrock, 11 miles away
Dolores River - Muleshoe Bend, Bedrock, 14 miles away
 Trails Near Dolores River:
Radium Trail, Montrose , 8 miles away
Snowshoe Trail, Mesa , 14 miles away
Franks Bench Trail, Mesa , 16 miles away
Ute Creek Trail, Mesa , 16 miles away
Mailbox Trail, Mesa , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Dolores River:
Colorado National Monument, Fruita - CO , 40 miles away
Arches National Park, Moab - UT , 41 miles away
Uncompahgre National Forest, Colorado , 39 miles away
 Lakes Near Dolores River
Campbell Lake, Mesa , 18 miles away

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