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Utah whitewater, Colorado River

Grand county, Loma to Westwater section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II     27 miles
  The starting location is a reasonable drive from Grand Junction, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more forgiving, so better not forget that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. The nature scenery of Grand County and the playfulness of the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle.
    Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good spots for that around here. Getting a good workout and just hanging out with mother nature will make you glad you came. If you have the time you can make
this a two day trip, so go ahead and pack your sleeping bag. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the Loma to Westwater stretch is just one of many. The Loma to Westwater stretch of Colorado River in Utah is 27 miles long and has been rated as a class I-II section by American Whitewater. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
Near Colorado River you locate
 
the Monument Canyon Trail which is a nice hiking trail; if you want a little side journey, try Monument Canyon. There is a glorious hiking trail in the neighborhood of Colorado River called the John Ottos Trail, and no need to travel far to pop by attention-grabbing stuff like Pipe Organ. This river is always fun. Looking for a great tour? Colorado National Monument is pretty right next door to Colorado River; Colorado River is a spot with many visitors from Fruita. You simply have to check out Independence Monument since you're here at Colorado River. A journey to Highline State Park when you're here at Colorado River is a good idea.

Colorado River, Loma to Westwater 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 Colorado River.
 Whitewater Near Colorado River:
Whitewater Outfitter - Rimrock Adventures, Mesa County, 3 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Colorado River, Mesa / Green County, 7 miles away
      Class II - 25 miles long (Loma launch to Westwater launch)
Whitewater Outfitter - Adventure Bound River Expeditions, Mesa County, 8 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Buzzard Creek, -blank- County, 13 miles away
      Class IV - 7 miles long (64.30 Road to Collbran)
Colorado River, -blank- County, 13 miles away
      Class III - 0.1 miles long (Cameo Dam)
Plateau Creek, -blank- County, 13 miles away
      Class III-IV - 8.3 miles long (Highway 65 to I-70)
Whitewater Outfitter - Catfish Canoe, Mesa County, 15 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Colorado River, Grand County, 24 miles away
      Class I-III - 47 miles long (Cisco to Moab)
Kannah Creek, Mesa County, 24 miles away
      Class III - 6.5 miles long (Route 50 to Route 141)
Colorado River, Grand County, 27 miles away
      Class I-II - 27 miles long (Loma to Westwater)
 Ski Areas Near Colorado River:
Powderhorn, Colorado , 40 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 4 lifts, 44 runs
Telluride, Colorado , 87 miles away, 3845 foot drop, 18 lifts, 115 runs
Sunlight Mountain, Colorado , 97 miles away, 2010 foot drop, 4 lifts, 67 runs
 Hotels Near Colorado River:
Comfort Inn Fruita, Fruita , 3 miles away
Super 8 Fruita, Fruita , 3 miles away
La Quinta Inn & Suites Fruita, Fruita , 3 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites GRAND JUNCTION, Grand Junction , 8 miles away
Candlewood Suites GRAND JUNCTION NW, Grand Junction , 8 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Colorado River:
Colorado National Monument - Saddlehorn, Fruita, 1 miles away
Fruita Junction RV Park, Fruita, 3 miles away
Monument RV Resort, Fruita, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Colorado River:
John Ottos Trail, Mesa , 0 miles away
Monument Canyon Trail, Mesa , 1 miles away
Black Ridge Trail, Mesa , 2 miles away
Liberty Cap Trail, Mesa , 3 miles away
Ute Canal Trail, Mesa , 4 miles away
 Public Lands Near Colorado River:
Colorado National Monument, Fruita - CO , 4 miles away
Arches National Park, Moab - UT , 63 miles away
Highline State Park, Colorado , 12 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Colorado River:
Adobe Creek National Golf Course, Fruita , 2 miles away
Adobe Creek National Golf, Fruita , 2 miles away
Tiara RADO Golf Course, Grand Junction , 4 miles away
 Lakes Near Colorado River
Mack Mesa Reservoir, Mesa , 11 miles away

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