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Colorado whitewater, Piedra River

Hinsdale Archuleta county, Upper Piedra Campground to 1st Fork Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-IV     12 miles
  The Upper Piedra Campground to 1st Fork Bridge stretch of Piedra River is 12 miles long and has been rated as a class II-IV section by American Whitewater. The put-in is not too far from Durango, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. When you're paddling down a San Juan and Jemez Mountains river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. Great exercise and just hanging out
    with mother nature will make you glad you came. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. The natural beauty of Hinsdale/ Archuleta County
and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are reasons enough to come here and paddle. This stretch has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so pack your camping stuff. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this is an area with plenty of spots for that. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the Upper Piedra Campground to 1st Fork Bridge stretch is just one of them. Whitewater  
rafting and kayaking spots in Colorado tend to be more challenging than the national average, so don't forget that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp.

Briefly about the general area:
Near Piedra River you discover the Middle Mountain Trail which is a magnificent hiking trail; there are plenty of people from Chimney Rock here at Piedra River. Whohoo, so much entertaining stuff in one place! The San Juan and Jemez Mountains rules! It's always good to have a look at Piedra River Hot Springs, and while you're here, you might as well go to First Box Canyon.

Piedra River, Upper Piedra Campground to 1st Fork Bridge 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 Piedra River.
 Whitewater Near Piedra River:
Piedra River, Hinsdale/ Archuleta County, 3 miles away
      Class II-IV - 12 miles long (Upper Piedra Campground to 1st Fork Bridge)
Piedra River, Hinsdale/ Archuleta County, 3 miles away
      Class III-V - 10 miles long (1st Fork Bridge to Lower Piedra Campgound)
Piedra River, Archuleta County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 20 miles long (Lower Piedra Campground to Navajo Reservation)
Whitewater Outfitter - AAA Pagosa Outside, Archuleta County, 17 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Pagosa Rafting Outfitters, Archuleta County, 18 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Vallecito Creek, La Plata County, 18 miles away
      Class V+ - 1 miles long (1 mile above Vallecito Campground)
Whitewater Outfitter - Canyon REO, Archuleta County, 22 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
San Juan River, Archuleta County, 23 miles away
      Class II-III - 13.4 miles long (Pagosa to Trujillo Road)
San Juan River, Archuleta County, 23 miles away
      Class II-III - 1 miles long (Pagosa Springs Town Run)
Rio Grande, Hinsdale County, 25 miles away
      Class III-IV - 8 miles long (Rio Grande Reservoir to 12 miles above Creede)
 Ski Areas Near Piedra River:
Silverton, Colorado , 36 miles away, 3200 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Kendall Mountain, Colorado , 36 miles away, 400 foot drop, 1 lifts, 3 runs
Purgatory, Colorado , 38 miles away, 2029 foot drop, 11 lifts, 85 runs
Wolf Creek, Colorado , 38 miles away, 1604 foot drop, 7 lifts, 77 runs
Telluride, Colorado , 50 miles away, 3845 foot drop, 18 lifts, 115 runs
Hesperus Ski Center, Colorado , 50 miles away, 700 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Irwin Lodge, Colorado , 90 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 15 runs
Crested Butte, Colorado , 92 miles away, 2775 foot drop, 16 lifts, 121 runs
Monarch, Colorado , 96 miles away, 1162 foot drop, 7 lifts, 63 runs
 Marinas Near Piedra River:
Two Rivers Marina, Arboles , 16 miles away
Vallecito Doc's Marina, Bayfield , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Piedra River:
Canyon Crest Lodge, Pagosa Springs , 15 miles away
Econo Lodge Pagosa Springs, Pagosa Springs , 17 miles away
Alpine Inn Of Pagosa Springs, Pagosa Springs , 19 miles away
The Springs Resort And Spa, Pagosa Springs , 22 miles away
Springs Resort And Spa, Pagosa Springs , 22 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Piedra River:
Piedra Hunter Campground, Archuleta County, 3 miles away
Lower Piedra Campground, Archuleta County, 3 miles away
Mesa Spring Hunter Campground, Archuleta County, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Piedra River:
Devil Mountain Trail, Archuleta , 4 miles away
Middle Mountain Trail, Archuleta , 7 miles away
Pine-Piedra Stock Driveway, Hinsdale , 8 miles away
Piedra Stock Trail, Archuleta , 11 miles away
Fourmile Stock Trail, Archuleta , 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near Piedra River:
Aztec Ruins National Monument, Aztec - NM , 52 miles away
Navajo Lake State Park, New Mexico , 20 miles away
San Juan National Forest, Colorado , 20 miles away
Navajo State Park, Colorado , 35 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Piedra River:
Pagosa Springs Golf Club, Pagosa Springs , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Piedra River
Capote Lake, Archuleta , 7 miles away
Williams Creek Reservoir, Hinsdale , 14 miles away

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