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Colorado whitewater, Plateau Creek

Highway 65 to I-70 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV     8.3 miles
  The put-in location is a short drive from Grand Junction. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Colorado you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less manageable. The wonderful Colorado scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream will make you feel great. This stretch is mid length, good for a one day paddling trip. A good workout and
    spending some quality time in nature have people coming from far and near. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good spots for that around here. There are no other stretches to paddle along
Plateau Creek than the Highway 65 to I-70 stretch. No shortage of good hotels, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground.

Briefly about the general area:
The Serpents Trail offers hiking at its best, and you're sure to bump into some wonderful people from Grand Junction here. All our national parks are magnificent spots to stop at, and Colorado
 
National Monument is no exception. Why not take a refreshing hike along the Liberty Cap Trail. Summertime brings highs in the 90's to Plateau Creek while overnight lows are mostly in the 50's. Daytime highs through the winter are in the 30's, and nighttime lows in the 0's for Plateau Creek. Not much precipitation falls here at Plateau Creek. Most of the rain falls during October, and the driest of the months is February.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Plateau Creek.
 Whitewater Near Plateau Creek:
Buzzard Creek, -blank- County, 0 miles away
      Class IV - 7 miles long (64.30 Road to Collbran)
Colorado River, -blank- County, 0 miles away
      Class III - 0.1 miles long (Cameo Dam)
Whitewater Outfitter - Catfish Canoe, Mesa County, 3 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Adventure Bound River Expeditions, Mesa County, 5 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Kannah Creek, Mesa County, 13 miles away
      Class III - 6.5 miles long (Route 50 to Route 141)
Whitewater Outfitter - Rimrock Adventures, Mesa County, 14 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Colorado River, Grand County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II - 27 miles long (Loma to Westwater)
Colorado River, Mesa / Green County, 18 miles away
      Class II - 25 miles long (Loma launch to Westwater launch)
Kannah Creek, Mesa County, 23 miles away
      Class V - 1.8 miles long (Kannah Creek Trailhead to Girl Scout Camp Bridge)
Escalante Creek, Gunnison County, 26 miles away
      Class V - 6.5 miles long (Escalante Forks to Captain Smith's Cabin)
 Ski Areas Near Plateau Creek:
Powderhorn, Colorado , 27 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 4 lifts, 44 runs
Telluride, Colorado , 78 miles away, 3845 foot drop, 18 lifts, 115 runs
Sunlight Mountain, Colorado , 85 miles away, 2010 foot drop, 4 lifts, 67 runs
Kendall Mountain, Colorado , 92 miles away, 400 foot drop, 1 lifts, 3 runs
Silverton, Colorado , 92 miles away, 3200 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Purgatory, Colorado , 93 miles away, 2029 foot drop, 11 lifts, 85 runs
 Hotels Near Plateau Creek:
Mesa Inn, Grand Junction , 1 miles away
Travelodge Grand Junction, Grand Junction , 1 miles away
Rodeway Inn Grand Junction, Grand Junction , 2 miles away
Quality Inn Grand Junction, Grand Junction , 2 miles away
DoubleTree By Hilton Grand Junction, Grand Junction , 2 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Plateau Creek:
Big J RV Park, Grand Junction, 3 miles away
K O A Kampgrounds, Grand Junction, 3 miles away
Grand Junction KOA, Grand Junction, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Plateau Creek:
Serpents Trail, Mesa , 7 miles away
Liberty Cap Trail, Mesa , 12 miles away
Ute Canal Trail, Mesa , 12 miles away
Monument Canyon Trail, Mesa , 12 miles away
John Ottos Trail, Mesa , 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Plateau Creek:
Colorado National Monument, Fruita - CO , 13 miles away
Dinosaur National Monument, Dinosaur - CO , 70 miles away
Highline State Park, Colorado , 23 miles away
Uncompahgre National Forest, Colorado , 37 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Plateau Creek:
Lincoln Park Golf Course, Grand Junction , 1 miles away
Chipeta Golf Course, Grand Junction , 3 miles away
Redlands Mesa Golf Club, Grand Junction , 6 miles away

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