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Colorado whitewater, San Juan River - East Fork

Archuleta county, East Fork to 160 Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV     4 miles
 
As long as you access the water on public land, or private land with permission, you can float wherever you want...just don't touch the river bed through a stretch of private land. Says Wes

I am a very close relative of the land owners for a significant portion of the East Fork. There is a couple of miles of river that is private land. Using the river or the land without authorization is tresspassing and is illegal. I am by no means
    giving you permission to use it. I am simply stating the facts. Please respect the property line and stay on public lands. Other than that enjoy your time in CO and happy rafting.

This section of San Juan River -
East Fork in Colorado is 4 miles long and has been rated as a class III-IV section by American Whitewater. The natural beauty of Colorado and the cool fresh water have people coming here. A bit of exercise and just being out on the river for a while will have you coming back for more. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are lots of good rivers for that around here. For all you camping people there are  
campgrounds nearby. This stretch is mid length, it's perfect for a one day trip. Whitewater paddling here in the San Juan and Jemez Mountains is a great experience. There are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. 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. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Colorado is often tougher than elsewhere, so better not forget that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. The starting point is not too far from Durango, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that.

San Juan River - East Fork, East Fork to 160 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 San Juan River - East Fork.
 Whitewater Near San Juan River - East Fork:
San Juan River - East Fork, Archuleta County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4 miles long (East Fork to 160 Bridge)
Wolf Creek, Mineral County, 5 miles away
      Class IV+ - 0.25 miles long (Downstream from Highway 160 Bridge)
San Juan River, Archuleta County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 1 miles long (Pagosa Springs Town Run)
San Juan River, Archuleta County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 13.4 miles long (Pagosa to Trujillo Road)
Whitewater Outfitter - Canyon REO, Archuleta County, 10 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Rio Blanco, Archuleta County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 8 miles long (Highway 84 to San Juan River)
Whitewater Outfitter - Pagosa Rafting Outfitters, Archuleta County, 13 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - AAA Pagosa Outside, Archuleta County, 14 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Navajo River, Rio Arriba (NM) / Archuleta County, 18 miles away
      Class I-II - 25 miles long (Lower 25 miles to San Juan confluence)
Navajo River, Rio Arriba County, 20 miles away
      Class II - 20 miles long (Chromo Colorado to Colorado Border)
 Ski Areas Near San Juan River - East Fork:
Wolf Creek, Colorado , 10 miles away, 1604 foot drop, 7 lifts, 77 runs
Kendall Mountain, Colorado , 58 miles away, 400 foot drop, 1 lifts, 3 runs
Silverton, Colorado , 58 miles away, 3200 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Purgatory, Colorado , 65 miles away, 2029 foot drop, 11 lifts, 85 runs
Telluride, Colorado , 73 miles away, 3845 foot drop, 18 lifts, 115 runs
Monarch, Colorado , 74 miles away, 1162 foot drop, 7 lifts, 63 runs
Hesperus Ski Center, Colorado , 80 miles away, 700 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Irwin Lodge, Colorado , 83 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 15 runs
Crested Butte, Colorado , 85 miles away, 2775 foot drop, 16 lifts, 121 runs
Pajarito Mountain, New Mexico , 88 miles away, 1410 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
 Hotels Near San Juan River - East Fork:
Elkwood ManorLuxury Bed Breakfast, Pagosa Springs , 9 miles away
The Springs Resort And Spa, Pagosa Springs , 9 miles away
Springs Resort And Spa, Pagosa Springs , 9 miles away
Quality Inn Pagosa Springs, Pagosa Springs , 9 miles away
Alpine Inn Of Pagosa Springs, Pagosa Springs , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near San Juan River - East Fork:
East Fork, Pagosa Springs, 1 miles away
East Fork Road, Del Norte, 4 miles away
West Fork Campground, Mineral County, 5 miles away
 Trails Near San Juan River - East Fork:
Coal Creek Stock Drive, Archuleta , 3 miles away
Windy Pass Trail, Mineral , 5 miles away
Mill Creek Stock Drive, Archuleta , 5 miles away
Quartz Ridge Trail, Archuleta , 6 miles away
Treasure Mountain Trail, Mineral , 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near San Juan River - East Fork:
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, Gunnison - CO , 63 miles away
Curecanti National Recreation Area, Gunnison - CO , 63 miles away
Heron Lake State Park, New Mexico , 37 miles away
El Vado Lake State Park, New Mexico , 39 miles away
 Golf Courses Near San Juan River - East Fork:
Pagosa Springs Golf Club, Pagosa Springs , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near San Juan River - East Fork
Opal Lake, Archuleta , 14 miles away

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