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Colorado whitewater, Uncompahgre River

Ouray county, Ouray to KOA campground section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS V+     2.2 miles
  The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Montrose, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more challenging than the national average, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large
    number of good places. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Ouray to KOA campground section is one of them. The Uncompahgre Plateau Mountains scenery is wonderful. A good workout and just hanging out
with mother nature will make you glad you came. Lodging is available near the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. The Ouray to KOA campground section of Uncompahgre River in Ouray County is 2.2 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class V+ section of whitewater. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. The natural beauty of Colorado and the sparkling of the sunlight on the  
water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. This stretch is short so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times.

Briefly about the general area:
A trip to Ridgway State Park when you're here at Uncompahgre River is a wonderful idea, and there's tremendous hiking along the Paradox Road. And if that's not enough there's a lot more cool stuff to do in the Uncompahgre Plateau Mountains. During your tour to Uncompahgre River you'll meet some folks from Montrose for sure. Since you're here at Uncompahgre River why not pop by Dolores Canyon, and don't leave Uncompahgre River without first going for a hike along the Spring Creek Trail.

Uncompahgre River, Ouray to KOA campground 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 Uncompahgre River.
 Whitewater Near Uncompahgre River:
Gunnison River, Montrose/Delta County, 14 miles away
      Class III - 13.5 miles long (Chukar to North Fork)
Whitewater Outfitter - Rigs FLY Shop & Guide Service, Ouray County, 15 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Gunnison River, Montrose County, 18 miles away
      Class IV-V - 16 miles long (Crystal Dam to Chukar Trail)
Whitewater Outfitter - Black Canyon Anglers, Delta County, 22 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Cimarron River, Montrose County, 23 miles away
      Class V - 1 miles long (Cimarron to Gunnison River)
San Miguel River, San Miguel/ Montrose County, 23 miles away
      Class III - 7.3 miles long (Silverpick Road to Fall Creek Road)
Cimarron River, Gunnison / Montrose County, 24 miles away
      Class V+ - 10.2 miles long (Big Cimarron Campground to Cimarron Road bridge)
Whitewater Outfitter - Further Adventures, San Miguel County, 24 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Uncompahgre River, Ouray County, 24 miles away
      Class V+ - 2.2 miles long (Ouray to KOA campground)
Whitewater Outfitter - Waterwolf, San Miguel County, 24 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Uncompahgre River:
Telluride, Colorado , 24 miles away, 3845 foot drop, 18 lifts, 115 runs
Kendall Mountain, Colorado , 34 miles away, 400 foot drop, 1 lifts, 3 runs
Silverton, Colorado , 35 miles away, 3200 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Purgatory, Colorado , 41 miles away, 2029 foot drop, 11 lifts, 85 runs
Powderhorn, Colorado , 42 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 4 lifts, 44 runs
Hesperus Ski Center, Colorado , 60 miles away, 700 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Sunlight Mountain, Colorado , 67 miles away, 2010 foot drop, 4 lifts, 67 runs
Irwin Lodge, Colorado , 69 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 15 runs
Crested Butte, Colorado , 69 miles away, 2775 foot drop, 16 lifts, 121 runs
Aspen Highlands, Colorado , 83 miles away, 3635 foot drop, 4 lifts, 131 runs
 Hotels Near Uncompahgre River:
Quality Inn & Suites, Montrose , 4 miles away
Rodeway Inn Montrose, Montrose , 5 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites MONTROSE, Montrose , 5 miles away
Black Canyon Motel, Montrose , 6 miles away
Western Motel, Montrose , 6 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Uncompahgre River:
Hangin Tree RV, Montrose, 3 miles away
The Hanging Tree RV Park, Montrose, 3 miles away
Kings Riverbend RV Park and Cabins, Montrose, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Uncompahgre River:
Spring Creek Trail, Ouray , 11 miles away
Paradox Road, Ouray , 14 miles away
Dry Creek Trail, Montrose , 17 miles away
Dallas Trail, Ouray , 18 miles away
Alder Creek Trail, San Miguel , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Uncompahgre River:
Mesa Verde National Park, Mesa Verde National Park - CO , 69 miles away
Yucca House National Monument, Mesa Verde National Park - CO , 69 miles away
Ridgway State Park, Colorado , 12 miles away
Sweitzer State Park, Colorado , 22 miles away
Crawford State Park, Colorado , 25 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Uncompahgre River:
Cobble Creek Golf Course, Montrose , 4 miles away
Bridges At Black Canyon, Montrose , 5 miles away
Bridges Golf Course, Montrose , 5 miles away

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