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Colorado whitewater, Canyon Creek

La Plata county, to Animas River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V+     3 miles
  If you're coming from Durango it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The to Animas River section of Canyon Creek in Colorado is 3 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class V+ section. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so keep in mind
    that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. The beautiful scenery of La Plata County and the water flowing gracefully down Canyon Creek are in themselves
reasons enough to come here to paddle. The to Animas River stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this river system. Whitewater paddling here in the San Juan and Jemez Mountains is a great experience. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling rivers. If you'll be staying in a hotel you're in luck, lodging is available very near the river, and  
if you make reservations in advance you're all set. This is a pretty short section so no need to bring snacks. Getting a good workout and just being out on the river for a while will have you coming back for more.

Briefly about the general area:
Sawmill Canyon is a great location to explore close by; you can hit the slopes at Purgatory close by. Whohoo, so much amusing stuff in one place! The San Juan and Jemez Mountains is so good! Take a hike on the Highline Trail, and hiking along the Circle Trail is pleasant fun. The surroundings of this river have so much to offer.

Canyon Creek, to Animas River 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 Canyon Creek.
 Whitewater Near Canyon Creek:
Canyon Creek, La Plata County, 1 miles away
      Class V+ - 3 miles long (to Animas River)
Animas River, San Juan/ La Plata County, 1 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2.6 miles long (Tacoma to Rockwood Rail Yard)
Lime Creek, -blank- County, 11 miles away
      Class V+ - 3 miles long (1st Gorge)
Hermosa Creek, La Plata County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V - 24 miles long (Hermosa Park to US 550)
Animas River, La Plata County, 14 miles away
      Class III - 6.5 miles long (32nd St. Park to Purple Cliffs)
Whitewater Outfitter - Flexible Flyers Rafting, La Plata County, 14 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Durango Rafting, La Plata County, 16 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Outlaw Rivers & Jeep Tours, La Plata County, 16 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Vallecito Creek, La Plata County, 16 miles away
      Class V+ - 1 miles long (1 mile above Vallecito Campground)
Mineral Creek - South, -blank- County, 16 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.5 miles long (Above South Mineral Camp Ground)
 Ski Areas Near Canyon Creek:
Purgatory, Colorado , 7 miles away, 2029 foot drop, 11 lifts, 85 runs
Silverton, Colorado , 16 miles away, 3200 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Kendall Mountain, Colorado , 18 miles away, 400 foot drop, 1 lifts, 3 runs
Telluride, Colorado , 23 miles away, 3845 foot drop, 18 lifts, 115 runs
Hesperus Ski Center, Colorado , 23 miles away, 700 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Wolf Creek, Colorado , 67 miles away, 1604 foot drop, 7 lifts, 77 runs
Powderhorn, Colorado , 89 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 4 lifts, 44 runs
Irwin Lodge, Colorado , 92 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 15 runs
Crested Butte, Colorado , 94 miles away, 2775 foot drop, 16 lifts, 121 runs
 Marinas Near Canyon Creek:
Vallecito Doc's Marina, Bayfield , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near Canyon Creek:
Iron Horse Inn, Durango , 14 miles away
Best Western Mountain Shadows, Durango , 14 miles away
Days Inn Durango, Durango , 14 miles away
Durango Travelodge, Durango , 14 miles away
Quality Inn Durango, Durango , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Canyon Creek:
Chris Park Group, Durango, 3 miles away
Haviland Lake Campground, La Plata County, 3 miles away
Bear Creek Campground, La Plata County, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Canyon Creek:
Highline Trail, San Juan , 13 miles away
Circle Trail, Dolores , 15 miles away
Goodhope Stock Driveway, La Plata , 16 miles away
Whitehead Trail, San Juan , 16 miles away
Deer Park Trail, San Juan , 16 miles away
 Public Lands Near Canyon Creek:
Aztec Ruins National Monument, Aztec - NM , 40 miles away
Mesa Verde National Park, Mesa Verde National Park - CO , 47 miles away
San Juan National Forest, Colorado , 21 miles away
Navajo Lake State Park, New Mexico , 34 miles away
Mancos State Park, Colorado , 35 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Canyon Creek:
Glacier Club At Tamarron, Durango , 4 miles away
Dalton Ranch Golf Club, Durango , 9 miles away
Hillcrest Golf Club, Durango , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Canyon Creek
Pastorius Reservoir, La Plata , 18 miles away
Vallecito Lake, San Juan , 19 miles away

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