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Colorado whitewater, San Miguel River

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

 

CLASS III     16 miles
  The Norwood Bridge to Green Truss Bridge stretch of San Miguel River in San Miguel/ Montrose County is 16 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III section. The scenic beauty of Colorado and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, and if you make reservations in
    advance you're all set. The campgrounds here at San Miguel River are pretty good. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more demanding, so if you're not from around here
don't forget that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy. This stretch is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so why not pack your camp stove too. The beauty of the Uncompahgre Plateau Mountains is a great plus for this river. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the Norwood Bridge to Green Truss Bridge section is one of them. The put-in location is a short drive from Montrose, if you're not familiar  
with the area there's a road map further down the page. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you won't find a large number of other rivers. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here.

Briefly about the general area:
The wonderful people of Norwood like to hang out nearby, and don't leave San Miguel River without first going for a hike along the Telephone Draw Trail. These mountains rock, just explore all the exciting things to do in the Uncompahgre Plateau Mountains. Uncompahgre National Forest is a wonderful site any time of year, and nice hiking is available along the Cottonwood Trail.

San Miguel River, Norwood Bridge to Green Truss 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 Miguel River.
 Whitewater Near San Miguel River:
San Miguel River, San Miguel/ Montrose County, 3 miles away
      Class III - 5.2 miles long (BB 36 Road to Green Truss Bridge)
San Miguel River, San Miguel/ Montrose County, 8 miles away
      Class III - 16 miles long (Norwood Bridge to Green Truss Bridge)
Escalante Creek, Gunnison County, 25 miles away
      Class V - 6.5 miles long (Escalante Forks to Captain Smith's Cabin)
 Ski Areas Near San Miguel River:
Telluride, Colorado , 35 miles away, 3845 foot drop, 18 lifts, 115 runs
Purgatory, Colorado , 46 miles away, 2029 foot drop, 11 lifts, 85 runs
Powderhorn, Colorado , 49 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 4 lifts, 44 runs
Silverton, Colorado , 49 miles away, 3200 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Kendall Mountain, Colorado , 49 miles away, 400 foot drop, 1 lifts, 3 runs
Hesperus Ski Center, Colorado , 52 miles away, 700 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Sunlight Mountain, Colorado , 93 miles away, 2010 foot drop, 4 lifts, 67 runs
Irwin Lodge, Colorado , 100 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 15 runs
 Hotels Near San Miguel River:
Hampton Inn Montrose, Montrose , 33 miles away
Rodeway Inn Delta, Delta , 33 miles away
Rico Hotel, Rico , 33 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites, Montrose , 33 miles away
Black Canyon Motel, Montrose , 33 miles away
 Campgrounds Near San Miguel River:
Ledges Rockhouse, Redvale, 5 miles away
Ledges Cottonwood, Redvale, 6 miles away
Lower Beaver, Norwood, 9 miles away
 Trails Near San Miguel River:
Telephone Draw Trail, Montrose , 5 miles away
Cottonwood Trail, Montrose , 6 miles away
Ray Trail, Montrose , 9 miles away
Horsefly Trail, Montrose , 9 miles away
Pool Creek Trail, Montrose , 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near San Miguel River:
Mesa Verde National Park, Mesa Verde National Park - CO , 49 miles away
Yucca House National Monument, Mesa Verde National Park - CO , 49 miles away
Uncompahgre National Forest, Colorado , 14 miles away
Sweitzer State Park, Colorado , 34 miles away
Ridgway State Park, Colorado , 39 miles away
 Lakes Near San Miguel River
Hilkey Pond, Montrose , 10 miles away
Miramonte Reservoir, San Miguel , 12 miles away

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