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Colorado whitewater, Piedra River

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

 

CLASS III-V     10 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Hinsdale/ Archuleta County and the playfulness of the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. This stretch of Piedra River in Hinsdale/ Archuleta County is 10 miles long and is a class III-V section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. If you're coming from Durango it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further
    down the page. The beauty of the San Juan and Jemez Mountains is a great plus for this river. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the 1st Fork Bridge to Lower Piedra Campgound stretch is just one
of many. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. You can enjoy this stretch more if you take your time, so why not pack your sleeping bag too. Getting a good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors will have you coming back for more. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby.  
Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Colorado are often tougher than in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners.

Briefly about the general area:
A trip to Navajo Lake State Park when you're here at Piedra River is never a bad idea; going for a hike on the Pine-Piedra Stock Driveway is always a perfect adventure. You just can't imagine the amount of outdoors fun things the San Juan and Jemez Mountains has to offer.

Piedra River, 1st Fork Bridge to Lower Piedra Campgound 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, 4 miles away
      Class III-V - 10 miles long (1st Fork Bridge to Lower Piedra Campgound)
Piedra River, Archuleta County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 20 miles long (Lower Piedra Campground to Navajo Reservation)
Piedra River, Hinsdale/ Archuleta County, 10 miles away
      Class II-IV - 12 miles long (Upper Piedra Campground to 1st Fork Bridge)
Whitewater Outfitter - AAA Pagosa Outside, Archuleta County, 20 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Pagosa Rafting Outfitters, Archuleta County, 21 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Vallecito Creek, La Plata County, 22 miles away
      Class V+ - 1 miles long (1 mile above Vallecito Campground)
Whitewater Outfitter - Canyon REO, Archuleta County, 24 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
San Juan River, Archuleta County, 25 miles away
      Class II-III - 13.4 miles long (Pagosa to Trujillo Road)
San Juan River, Archuleta County, 26 miles away
      Class II-III - 1 miles long (Pagosa Springs Town Run)
San Juan River, San Juan County, 27 miles away
      Class II - 50 miles long (Navajo Dam to Four Corners)
 Ski Areas Near Piedra River:
Silverton, Colorado , 40 miles away, 3200 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Purgatory, Colorado , 40 miles away, 2029 foot drop, 11 lifts, 85 runs
Kendall Mountain, Colorado , 40 miles away, 400 foot drop, 1 lifts, 3 runs
Wolf Creek, Colorado , 43 miles away, 1604 foot drop, 7 lifts, 77 runs
Hesperus Ski Center, Colorado , 48 miles away, 700 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Telluride, Colorado , 53 miles away, 3845 foot drop, 18 lifts, 115 runs
Irwin Lodge, Colorado , 97 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 15 runs
Pajarito Mountain, New Mexico , 97 miles away, 1410 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Crested Butte, Colorado , 99 miles away, 2775 foot drop, 16 lifts, 121 runs
 Marinas Near Piedra River:
Two Rivers Marina, Arboles , 9 miles away
Vallecito Doc's Marina, Bayfield , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Piedra River:
Canyon Crest Lodge, Pagosa Springs , 17 miles away
Sky Ute Casino And Resort, Ignacio , 19 miles away
Econo Lodge Pagosa Springs, Pagosa Springs , 20 miles away
Alpine Inn Of Pagosa Springs, Pagosa Springs , 22 miles away
Quality Inn Pagosa Springs, Pagosa Springs , 25 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Piedra River:
Navajo, Arboles, 4 miles away
Lower Piedra Campground, Archuleta County, 4 miles away
Ute, Chimney Rock, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Piedra River:
Pine-Piedra Stock Driveway, Hinsdale , 8 miles away
Devil Mountain Trail, Archuleta , 9 miles away
Middle Mountain Trail, Archuleta , 12 miles away
Piedra Stock Trail, Archuleta , 15 miles away
Fourmile Stock Trail, Archuleta , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Piedra River:
Aztec Ruins National Monument, Aztec - NM , 47 miles away
Navajo Lake State Park, New Mexico , 14 miles away
San Juan National Forest, Colorado , 26 miles away
Navajo State Park, Colorado , 28 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Piedra River:
Pagosa Springs Golf Club, Pagosa Springs , 20 miles away
 Lakes Near Piedra River
Capote Lake, Archuleta , 7 miles away

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