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Colorado whitewater, Gunnison River

Gunnison county, Almont to Blue Mesa Reservoir section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II     18 miles
  The put-in is not too far from Edwards, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The Almont to Blue Mesa Reservoir section of Gunnison River in Colorado is 18 miles long and is a class II section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The wonderful Gunnison County scenery and the cool fresh water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in
    this river system, there are a few others too. The campgrounds here at Gunnison River are pretty good. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general area you'll find lots of paddling
places. There are nice comfortable hotels here, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often more difficult than elsewhere, so keep in mind that many runs in this state are not easy. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so pack your camp stove.

Briefly about the general area:
You might want to pay a visit to Blinberry Gulch
 
if you're here at Gunnison River. Gunnison River is right by the Granite Basin Trail, and hiking along the Lowline Trail is good fun. If you come to this river you will have a good time for sure. Gunnison River gets very little rainfall. The month of December is the wettest with most of the snow, and June is when it's the driest. During the warm months highs here at Gunnison River get into the 70's, and during the night it cools down to the 30's. The winter comes with highs in the 20's while the cold winter nights at Gunnison River are in the-10's.

Gunnison River, Almont to Blue Mesa Reservoir 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 Gunnison River.
 Whitewater Near Gunnison River:
Whitewater Outfitter - Scenic River Tours, Gunnison County, 2 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Gunnison River, Gunnison County, 8 miles away
      Class II - 18 miles long (Almont to Blue Mesa Reservoir)
Oh Be Joyful Creek, Gunnison County, 19 miles away
      Class V - 1 miles long (Ankle Breaker to Beaver Ponds)
Cebolla River, Gunnison County, 20 miles away
      Class II - 10 miles long (Highway 149 to Blue Mesa Reservoir)
East River, Gunnison County, 21 miles away
      Class IV - 0.75 miles long (Gothic Bridge to above Stupid Falls)
Slate River, Gunnison County, 21 miles away
      Class V - 2 miles long (Beaver Ponds to Oh Be Joyful Campground)
Anthracite Creek - Ruby Fork, Gunnison County, 22 miles away
      Class V+ - 11 miles long (Bridge to Erikson Springs Campground)
Daisy Creek, Gunnison County, 23 miles away
      Class V - 1 miles long (40' Waterfall to confluence with Slate River)
Lake Fork Gunnison River, Hinsdale/Gunnison County, 24 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (Redbridge to Blue Mesa Reservoir)
Taylor River, Gunnison County, 27 miles away
      Class II-IV - 18 miles long (Taylor Park Reservoir to Almont)
 Ski Areas Near Gunnison River:
Irwin Lodge, Colorado , 15 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 15 runs
Crested Butte, Colorado , 18 miles away, 2775 foot drop, 16 lifts, 121 runs
Aspen Highlands, Colorado , 33 miles away, 3635 foot drop, 4 lifts, 131 runs
Snowmass, Colorado , 33 miles away, 4406 foot drop, 21 lifts, 84 runs
Aspen Mountain, Colorado , 34 miles away, 3267 foot drop, 8 lifts, 76 runs
Buttermilk, Colorado , 34 miles away, 2030 foot drop, 7 lifts, 41 runs
Monarch, Colorado , 42 miles away, 1162 foot drop, 7 lifts, 63 runs
Sunlight Mountain, Colorado , 52 miles away, 2010 foot drop, 4 lifts, 67 runs
Wolf Creek, Colorado , 60 miles away, 1604 foot drop, 7 lifts, 77 runs
Ski Cooper, Colorado , 61 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
 Hotels Near Gunnison River:
Comfort Inn Gunnison, Gunnison , 1 miles away
Alpine Inn Of Gunnison, Gunnison , 2 miles away
Days Inn & Suites Gunnison, Gunnison , 2 miles away
Quality Inn Gunnison, Gunnison , 2 miles away
Western Motel, Gunnison , 2 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Gunnison River:
Tall Texan Campground, Gunnison, 1 miles away
Palisades Senior RV Park, Gunnison, 2 miles away
Wildwood Motel, Gunnison, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Gunnison River:
Granite Basin Trail, Gunnison , 13 miles away
Lowline Trail, Gunnison , 14 miles away
Onemile Cattle Trail, Gunnison , 14 miles away
Mill-Castle Trail, Gunnison , 16 miles away
Fossil Ridge Trail, Gunnison , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Gunnison River:
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, Gunnison - CO , 24 miles away
Curecanti National Recreation Area, Gunnison - CO , 24 miles away
Gunnison National Forest, Colorado , 26 miles away
Paonia State Park, Colorado , 35 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Gunnison River:
Gunnison Golf Club, Gunnison , 6 miles away
Crested Butte Country Club, Crested Butte , 16 miles away

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