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Colorado whitewater, Grape Creek

Fremont county, Bear Gulch to Canon City section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV+     15 miles
  The Bear Gulch to Canon City stretch of Grape Creek is 15 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class IV+ section. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Colorado you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so better not forget that rivers here are less forgiving. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. If you hurry you can run this section in a day but
    why not make it an overnighter, so go ahead and pack your camping stuff. If you're coming from Canon City it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, as you can see on the road map further down. Great exercise
and just being out on the river for a while are great reasons to come. The beautiful scenery of Colorado and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water will make you feel great. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling rivers.

Briefly
 
about the general area:
Tanner Gulch is a good location to explore nearby, and don't leave Grape Creek without first going for a hike along the Tanner Trail. This is a popular place for folks from Canon City, and there's good hiking along the Stultz Trail. At this river you will never have a bad time. Around Grape Creek you donít get a lot of rain. The wettest month of the year is ordinarily August, that's the one that rains the most while January is the month with the least amount of precipitation. Throughout the days of summer at Grape Creek temperatures are usually in the 70's.

Grape Creek, Bear Gulch to Canon City road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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Detailed Map


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Stats for this river stretch


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Local weather forecast


OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Grape Creek.
 Whitewater Near Grape Creek:
Grape Creek, Fremont County, 4 miles away
      Class IV+ - 15 miles long (Bear Gulch to Canon City)
Whitewater Outfitter - Whitewater Adventure Outfitter, Fremont County, 5 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Royal Gorge Rafting, Fremont County, 7 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Clear Creek Rafting, Fremont County, 7 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - American Adventure Expeditions, Fremont County, 7 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Raft Masters, Fremont County, 8 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Arkansas River, Fremont County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9 miles long (Parkdale Launch to Canon City)
Arkansas River, Chaffee/Fremont County, 15 miles away
      Class III - 8.7 miles long (Highway Pinnacle Rock Launch to Parkdale Launch)
 Ski Areas Near Grape Creek:
Monarch, Colorado , 71 miles away, 1162 foot drop, 7 lifts, 63 runs
Breckenridge, Colorado , 79 miles away, 3398 foot drop, 27 lifts, 146 runs
Arapahoe Basin, Colorado , 79 miles away, 2270 foot drop, 7 lifts, 105 runs
Keystone, Colorado , 80 miles away, 3128 foot drop, 20 lifts, 135 runs
Loveland, Colorado , 82 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Copper Mountain, Colorado , 84 miles away, 2601 foot drop, 23 lifts, 125 runs
Eldora, Colorado , 87 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 12 lifts, 53 runs
Ski Cooper, Colorado , 87 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Winter Park, Colorado , 88 miles away, 3060 foot drop, 26 lifts, 145 runs
Red River, New Mexico , 91 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 7 lifts, 58 runs
 Hotels Near Grape Creek:
Econo Lodge Canon City, Canon City , 6 miles away
Super 8 Canon City, Canon City , 7 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn And Suites Canon City, Canon City , 7 miles away
Budget Host Royal Gorge Inn, Canon City , 8 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites, Canon City , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Grape Creek:
Temple Canyon Park Grape Creek, Canon City, 2 miles away
Grape Creek Wilderness Study Area, Canon City, 4 miles away
Oak Creek Campground, Fremont County, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Grape Creek:
Tanner Trail, Fremont , 2 miles away
Stultz Trail, Fremont , 3 miles away
Highline Trail, Fremont , 6 miles away
Sheeley Trail, Fremont , 8 miles away
Mineral-Stevens Trail, Custer , 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Grape Creek:
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Florissant - CO , 28 miles away
Great Sand Dunes National Monument, Mosca - CO , 48 miles away
Mueller State Park, Colorado , 30 miles away
Rio Grande National Forest, Colorado , 31 miles away
Eleven Mile State Park, Colorado , 34 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Grape Creek:
Shadow Hills Golf Club, Canon City , 5 miles away
Four Mile Ranch Golf Club, Canon City , 11 miles away
Sumo Golf Course, Florence , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Grape Creek
Lone Tree Reservoir, Fremont , 8 miles away
DeWeese Reservoir, Custer , 14 miles away

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