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Colorado whitewater, Cebolla River

Gunnison county, Highway 149 to Blue Mesa Reservoir section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     10 miles
  The scenic beauty of Gunnison County and the cool fresh water make the trip here worthwhile. The Highway 149 to Blue Mesa Reservoir section of Cebolla River in Gunnison County is 10 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II section of whitewater. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are lots of good rivers for that around here. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Colorado are harder
    than the national norm, so don't forget that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. There are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just
hanging out with mother nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so pack your camp stove. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Montrose, as you can see on the road map further down. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but do book a room  
before you come because it is a very popular destination.

Briefly about the general area:
Tenmile Springs is an inspiring spot to stop by while here; you'll meet a lot of people from Powderhorn here. Cebolla River is a location that is reasonably dehydrated usually. August is the month that gets the most rain while February is ordinarily the driest month. At Cebolla River through the summertime highs are in the 80's. Once the sun is down it falls down to the 40's. For the period of the winter highs are regularly in the 30's, and after the sun is down during the wintertime temperatures at Cebolla River fall into the-10's.

Cebolla River, Highway 149 to Blue Mesa Reservoir 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 Cebolla River.
 Whitewater Near Cebolla River:
Lake Fork Gunnison River, Hinsdale/Gunnison County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (Redbridge to Blue Mesa Reservoir)
Cebolla River, Gunnison County, 8 miles away
      Class II - 10 miles long (Highway 149 to Blue Mesa Reservoir)
Lake Fork Gunnison River, Hinsdale/Gunnison County, 19 miles away
      Class III - 3.6 miles long (Lake City Town Run)
Whitewater Outfitter - Scenic River Tours, Gunnison County, 21 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Henson Creek, Hinsdale County, 23 miles away
      Class IV-V - 6.7 miles long (Above Nellie Creek to 1/2 mile from Lake City)
Cimarron River, Gunnison / Montrose County, 24 miles away
      Class V+ - 10.2 miles long (Big Cimarron Campground to Cimarron Road bridge)
Cimarron River, Montrose County, 24 miles away
      Class V - 1 miles long (Cimarron to Gunnison River)
Anthracite Creek - Ruby Fork, Gunnison County, 27 miles away
      Class V+ - 11 miles long (Bridge to Erikson Springs Campground)
Gunnison River, Gunnison County, 30 miles away
      Class II - 18 miles long (Almont to Blue Mesa Reservoir)
 Ski Areas Near Cebolla River:
Irwin Lodge, Colorado , 32 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 15 runs
Crested Butte, Colorado , 33 miles away, 2775 foot drop, 16 lifts, 121 runs
Kendall Mountain, Colorado , 43 miles away, 400 foot drop, 1 lifts, 3 runs
Silverton, Colorado , 44 miles away, 3200 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Aspen Highlands, Colorado , 50 miles away, 3635 foot drop, 4 lifts, 131 runs
Telluride, Colorado , 50 miles away, 3845 foot drop, 18 lifts, 115 runs
Buttermilk, Colorado , 51 miles away, 2030 foot drop, 7 lifts, 41 runs
Aspen Mountain, Colorado , 52 miles away, 3267 foot drop, 8 lifts, 76 runs
Snowmass, Colorado , 52 miles away, 4406 foot drop, 21 lifts, 84 runs
Sunlight Mountain, Colorado , 56 miles away, 2010 foot drop, 4 lifts, 67 runs
 Hotels Near Cebolla River:
The Water Wheel Inn, Gunnison , 18 miles away
Surf Chateau, Buena Vista , 19 miles away
Rodeway Inn Gunnison, Gunnison , 19 miles away
Days Inn & Suites Gunnison, Gunnison , 21 miles away
Alpine Inn Of Gunnison, Gunnison , 22 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cebolla River:
Curecanti National Recreation Area - Gateview, Powderhorn, 2 miles away
Red Bridge, Powderhorn, 3 miles away
Curecanti National Recreation Area - Cebolla Creek, Gunnison, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Cebolla River:
Ridge Stock Driveway, Gunnison , 17 miles away
Alpine Trail, Hinsdale , 18 miles away
Fall Creek Trail, Hinsdale , 18 miles away
Mill-Castle Trail, Gunnison , 19 miles away
Little Cimarron Trail, Hinsdale , 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near Cebolla River:
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, Gunnison - CO , 42 miles away
Curecanti National Recreation Area, Gunnison - CO , 42 miles away
Gunnison National Forest, Colorado , 24 miles away
Crawford State Park, Colorado , 32 miles away
Paonia State Park, Colorado , 34 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cebolla River:
Gunnison Golf Club, Gunnison , 16 miles away

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