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Colorado whitewater, White River - South Fork

Rio Blanco county, National Forest Campground to North Fork section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV     10 miles
  The starting point is not too far from Edwards, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The National Forest Campground to North Fork stretch of White River - South Fork in Colorado is 10 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III-IV section. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great attractions for lots of people. Not too many hotels nearby,
    you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. There are so many stretches to
paddle in this river system, the National Forest Campground to North Fork stretch is just one of many. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so you'd better keep in mind that rivers here are not as easy as elsewhere. This section is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so pack your camp stove. Since you're on this site you are probably into  
whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots.

Briefly about the general area:
Hiking along the Bailey Lake Trail is perfect fun, and close by you discover pleasant places like Smith Gulch. Rifle Falls State Park is a great location to go to on a wonderful day, and going for a hike along the Fayville Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this region. This river is always fun. White River - South Fork is pretty dry ordinarily. The month with most of the rain is October; the driest month of the year is January. Summertime highs at White River - South Fork regularly tend to be in the 80's, and through the night it cools down to the 50's.

White River - South Fork, National Forest Campground to North Fork 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 White River - South Fork.
 Whitewater Near White River - South Fork:
White River, Rio Blanco County, 4 miles away
      Class I-II - 80 miles long (North-South Fork confluence to Green River)
White River - South Fork, Rio Blanco County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 10 miles long (National Forest Campground to North Fork)
White River - North Fork, Rio Blanco County, 20 miles away
      Class III - 20 miles long (Mirror Lake to South Fork)
Whitewater Outfitter - Glenwood Canyon Rafting, Garfield County, 25 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Whitewater Rafting, Garfield County, 26 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Blue SKY Adventures, Garfield County, 28 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - UP THA Creek Expeditions, Garfield County, 28 miles away
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 Ski Areas Near White River - South Fork:
Sunlight Mountain, Colorado , 33 miles away, 2010 foot drop, 4 lifts, 67 runs
Howelsen Hill, Colorado , 59 miles away, 440 foot drop, 3 lifts, 15 runs
Powderhorn, Colorado , 60 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 4 lifts, 44 runs
Steamboat, Colorado , 61 miles away, 3668 foot drop, 20 lifts, 143 runs
Buttermilk, Colorado , 64 miles away, 2030 foot drop, 7 lifts, 41 runs
Aspen Highlands, Colorado , 65 miles away, 3635 foot drop, 4 lifts, 131 runs
Aspen Mountain, Colorado , 66 miles away, 3267 foot drop, 8 lifts, 76 runs
Snowmass, Colorado , 69 miles away, 4406 foot drop, 21 lifts, 84 runs
Crested Butte, Colorado , 70 miles away, 2775 foot drop, 16 lifts, 121 runs
Irwin Lodge, Colorado , 72 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 15 runs
 Hotels Near White River - South Fork:
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites New Castle, New Castle , 20 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites SILT-RIFLE, Silt , 21 miles away
Winchester Motel, Rifle , 25 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites On The River, Glenwood Springs , 25 miles away
Clarion Collection Glenwood Suites, Glenwood Springs , 25 miles away
 Campgrounds Near White River - South Fork:
Lake Avery #2, Hamilton, 4 miles away
Lake Avery #3, Hamilton, 4 miles away
Lake Avery #4, Hamilton, 4 miles away
 Trails Near White River - South Fork:
Bailey Lake Trail, Rio Blanco , 3 miles away
Fayville Trail, Rio Blanco , 5 miles away
Sleepy Cat Trail, Rio Blanco , 9 miles away
Oyster Lake Trail, Rio Blanco , 9 miles away
Last Chance Trail, Garfield , 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near White River - South Fork:
Rifle Falls State Park, Colorado , 15 miles away
Harvey Gap State Park, Colorado , 18 miles away
Rifle Gap State Park, Colorado , 20 miles away
 Golf Courses Near White River - South Fork:
Lakota Canyon Golf Club, New Castle , 20 miles away
 Lakes Near White River - South Fork
Meadow Creek Lake, Garfield , 8 miles away
Blair Lake, Garfield , 14 miles away
Jet Lake, Garfield , 14 miles away

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