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Colorado whitewater, San Miguel River

San Miguel Montrose county, BB 36 Road to Green Truss Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III     5.2 miles
  This section of San Miguel River is 5.2 miles long and is a class III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The average Colorado whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be harder to run than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. A good workout and just hanging out with mother nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. 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. This is a pretty decent length section, good for a one day
paddling trip. The beautiful scenery of Colorado and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The beautiful Uncompahgre Plateau Mountains scenery is an added bonus. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. If you're coming from Montrose it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. There are a few other  
stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a pretty small number of paddling rivers.

Briefly about the general area:
This is a popular place for people from Redvale, and you can go for a hike on the Ray Trail. If you want a great time in the great outdoors just come on up to the Uncompahgre Plateau Mountains. Uncompahgre National Forest is a magnificent spot to stretch your legs a bit, and since you're here why not take a look at Telephone Draw. This river has it all. Going for a hike on the Telephone Draw Trail is always a perfect adventure.

San Miguel River, BB 36 Road to Green Truss Bridge road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near San Miguel River.
 Whitewater Near San Miguel River:
San Miguel River, San Miguel/ Montrose County, 2 miles away
      Class III - 5.2 miles long (BB 36 Road to Green Truss Bridge)
San Miguel River, San Miguel/ Montrose County, 13 miles away
      Class III - 16 miles long (Norwood Bridge to Green Truss Bridge)
Escalante Creek, Gunnison County, 22 miles away
      Class V - 6.5 miles long (Escalante Forks to Captain Smith's Cabin)
 Ski Areas Near San Miguel River:
Telluride, Colorado , 40 miles away, 3845 foot drop, 18 lifts, 115 runs
Powderhorn, Colorado , 47 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 4 lifts, 44 runs
Purgatory, Colorado , 51 miles away, 2029 foot drop, 11 lifts, 85 runs
Silverton, Colorado , 55 miles away, 3200 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Kendall Mountain, Colorado , 55 miles away, 400 foot drop, 1 lifts, 3 runs
Hesperus Ski Center, Colorado , 56 miles away, 700 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Sunlight Mountain, Colorado , 95 miles away, 2010 foot drop, 4 lifts, 67 runs
 Hotels Near San Miguel River:
Rodeway Inn Delta, Delta , 34 miles away
Days Inn Delta CO, Delta , 34 miles away
Quality Inn Delta, Delta , 35 miles away
Hampton Inn Montrose, Montrose , 36 miles away
Black Canyon Motel, Montrose , 37 miles away
 Campgrounds Near San Miguel River:
Ledges Cottonwood, Redvale, 1 miles away
Ledges Rockhouse, Redvale, 1 miles away
Columbine Pass - Old, Redvale, 10 miles away
 Trails Near San Miguel River:
Telephone Draw Trail, Montrose , 3 miles away
Ray Trail, Montrose , 4 miles away
Cottonwood Trail, Montrose , 7 miles away
Grassy Lake Trail, Montrose , 8 miles away
Moore Mesa Trail, Montrose , 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near San Miguel River:
Mesa Verde National Park, Mesa Verde National Park - CO , 51 miles away
Yucca House National Monument, Mesa Verde National Park - CO , 51 miles away
Uncompahgre National Forest, Colorado , 10 miles away
Sweitzer State Park, Colorado , 35 miles away
 Lakes Near San Miguel River
Hilkey Pond, Montrose , 10 miles away
Miramonte Reservoir, San Miguel , 15 miles away

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