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Colorado whitewater, Cimarron River

Gunnison Montrose county, Big Cimarron Campground to Cimarron Road bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V+     10.2 miles
  The nature scenery of Gunnison / Montrose County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water beats anything. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Colorado are often more challenging than in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy. The Big Cimarron Campground to Cimarron Road bridge section of Cimarron River is 10.2 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater
    as a class V+ section. The starting point is not too far from Montrose, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. When you're paddling down a San Juan and Jemez Mountains river like this one you always
get great scenery along the way too. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of places for that. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick.  
For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. This section has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so why not pack your camping stuff too.

Briefly about the general area:
You unquestionably should go to Ridgway State Park while you're here at Cimarron River, and you're sure to encounter some smiling people from Cimarron here. You just can't envision the amount of outdoors enjoyable things the San Juan and Jemez Mountains has to offer. If the weather is great here at Cimarron River, you can go for a hike along the Alpine Trail, and going for a hike along the Deer Creek Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this vicinity.

Cimarron River, Big Cimarron Campground to Cimarron Road bridge 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 Cimarron River.
 Whitewater Near Cimarron River:
Cimarron River, Gunnison / Montrose County, 4 miles away
      Class V+ - 10.2 miles long (Big Cimarron Campground to Cimarron Road bridge)
Cimarron River, Montrose County, 7 miles away
      Class V - 1 miles long (Cimarron to Gunnison River)
Gunnison River, Montrose County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V - 16 miles long (Crystal Dam to Chukar Trail)
Whitewater Outfitter - Rigs FLY Shop & Guide Service, Ouray County, 18 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Henson Creek, Hinsdale County, 19 miles away
      Class IV-V - 6.7 miles long (Above Nellie Creek to 1/2 mile from Lake City)
Uncompahgre River, Ouray County, 19 miles away
      Class V+ - 2.2 miles long (Ouray to KOA campground)
Lake Fork Gunnison River, Hinsdale/Gunnison County, 22 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (Redbridge to Blue Mesa Reservoir)
Lake Fork Gunnison River, Hinsdale/Gunnison County, 22 miles away
      Class III - 3.6 miles long (Lake City Town Run)
Gunnison River, Montrose/Delta County, 26 miles away
      Class III - 13.5 miles long (Chukar to North Fork)
Lime Creek, -blank- County, 29 miles away
      Class V+ - -blank- miles long (2nd Gorge)
 Ski Areas Near Cimarron River:
Kendall Mountain, Colorado , 29 miles away, 400 foot drop, 1 lifts, 3 runs
Silverton, Colorado , 30 miles away, 3200 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Telluride, Colorado , 30 miles away, 3845 foot drop, 18 lifts, 115 runs
Purgatory, Colorado , 42 miles away, 2029 foot drop, 11 lifts, 85 runs
Irwin Lodge, Colorado , 50 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 15 runs
Crested Butte, Colorado , 51 miles away, 2775 foot drop, 16 lifts, 121 runs
Powderhorn, Colorado , 59 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 4 lifts, 44 runs
Sunlight Mountain, Colorado , 60 miles away, 2010 foot drop, 4 lifts, 67 runs
Hesperus Ski Center, Colorado , 66 miles away, 700 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Aspen Highlands, Colorado , 66 miles away, 3635 foot drop, 4 lifts, 131 runs
 Hotels Near Cimarron River:
China Clipper Inn, Ouray , 19 miles away
Bridal Veil Bed And Breakfast, Ouray , 19 miles away
China Clipper Inn, Ouray , 19 miles away
Ouray Chalet Inn, Ouray , 19 miles away
Beaumont Hotel And Spa, Ouray , 19 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cimarron River:
Big Cimarron Campground, Gunnison County, 4 miles away
Beaver Lake Campground, Gunnison County, 4 miles away
Silver Jack, Cimarron, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Cimarron River:
Deer Creek Trail, Ouray , 6 miles away
Alpine Trail, Hinsdale , 8 miles away
Lou Creek Trail, Ouray , 8 miles away
Little Cimarron Trail, Hinsdale , 9 miles away
Courthouse Trail, Ouray , 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Cimarron River:
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, Gunnison - CO , 65 miles away
Curecanti National Recreation Area, Gunnison - CO , 65 miles away
Ridgway State Park, Colorado , 15 miles away
Crawford State Park, Colorado , 20 miles away
Gunnison National Forest, Colorado , 32 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cimarron River:
Divide Ranch Golf Club, Ridgway , 18 miles away
Fairway Pines Golf Club, Ridgway , 20 miles away

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