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Colorado whitewater, Piedra River

Archuleta county, Lower Piedra Campground to Navajo Reservation section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     20 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Colorado is often more difficult than elsewhere, so better not forget that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. The scenic beauty of Archuleta County and the cool fresh water make the trip here worthwhile. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. The Lower Piedra Campground to Navajo Reservation section of Piedra River in Colorado is 20 miles long and it is classified as a class II-III section
    by American Whitewater. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The Lower Piedra Campground to
Navajo Reservation section is one of many paddling sections in this river system. The starting location is a short drive from Durango, as you can see on the road map further down. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling spots. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just being out on the river for a while are sure to keep you coming back for more. The wild scenery of  
the San Juan and Jemez Mountains is great. This section is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so go ahead and pack your camping stuff.

Briefly about the general area:
Go for a hike on the Pine-Piedra Stock Driveway, and you'll meet a lot of folks from Arboles here. Having a great time in the San Juan and Jemez Mountains is trouble-free. You undeniably should pop by Navajo Lake State Park if you're here at Piedra River, and you could always look at Pine Tree Canyon. This river is a great place to visit. Don't leave Piedra River without first going for a hike along the Devil Mountain Trail.

Piedra River, Lower Piedra Campground to Navajo Reservation road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Piedra River.
 Whitewater Near Piedra River:
Piedra River, Archuleta County, 1 miles away
      Class II-III - 20 miles long (Lower Piedra Campground to Navajo Reservation)
Piedra River, Hinsdale/ Archuleta County, 9 miles away
      Class III-V - 10 miles long (1st Fork Bridge to Lower Piedra Campgound)
Piedra River, Hinsdale/ Archuleta County, 15 miles away
      Class II-IV - 12 miles long (Upper Piedra Campground to 1st Fork Bridge)
San Juan River, San Juan County, 22 miles away
      Class II - 50 miles long (Navajo Dam to Four Corners)
Whitewater Outfitter - AAA Pagosa Outside, Archuleta County, 23 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Pagosa Rafting Outfitters, Archuleta County, 24 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Vallecito Creek, La Plata County, 25 miles away
      Class V+ - 1 miles long (1 mile above Vallecito Campground)
Whitewater Outfitter - Canyon REO, Archuleta County, 28 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Flexible Flyers Rafting, La Plata County, 28 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
San Juan River, Archuleta County, 29 miles away
      Class II-III - 13.4 miles long (Pagosa to Trujillo Road)
 Ski Areas Near Piedra River:
Purgatory, Colorado , 41 miles away, 2029 foot drop, 11 lifts, 85 runs
Silverton, Colorado , 43 miles away, 3200 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Kendall Mountain, Colorado , 44 miles away, 400 foot drop, 1 lifts, 3 runs
Wolf Creek, Colorado , 47 miles away, 1604 foot drop, 7 lifts, 77 runs
Hesperus Ski Center, Colorado , 47 miles away, 700 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Telluride, Colorado , 56 miles away, 3845 foot drop, 18 lifts, 115 runs
Pajarito Mountain, New Mexico , 96 miles away, 1410 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
 Marinas Near Piedra River:
Two Rivers Marina, Arboles , 4 miles away
 Hotels Near Piedra River:
Sky Ute Casino And Resort, Ignacio , 17 miles away
Canyon Crest Lodge, Pagosa Springs , 21 miles away
Econo Lodge Pagosa Springs, Pagosa Springs , 23 miles away
Alpine Inn Of Pagosa Springs, Pagosa Springs , 25 miles away
Quality Inn Pagosa Springs, Pagosa Springs , 28 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Piedra River:
Navajo State Park - Windsurf Beach, Arboles, 4 miles away
Pinon Park Campground and RV Resort, Arboles, 4 miles away
Navajo State Park - Arboles Point, Arboles, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Piedra River:
Pine-Piedra Stock Driveway, Hinsdale , 10 miles away
Devil Mountain Trail, Archuleta , 14 miles away
Middle Mountain Trail, Archuleta , 17 miles away
Piedra Stock Trail, Archuleta , 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near Piedra River:
Aztec Ruins National Monument, Aztec - NM , 43 miles away
Navajo Lake State Park, New Mexico , 9 miles away
Navajo State Park, Colorado , 24 miles away
San Juan National Forest, Colorado , 30 miles away
 Lakes Near Piedra River
Capote Lake, Archuleta , 11 miles away

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