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Colorado whitewater, Colorado River

Grand county, Gore Canyon section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V     9.5 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more challenging than the national average, so don't forget that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy. The put-in location is a short drive from Edwards, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The Gore Canyon section of Colorado River in Colorado is 9.5 miles long and it is classified as a class IV-V section by American
    Whitewater. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. This is a pretty decent length section, suitable for an afternoon trip. The wonderful Colorado scenery and the sparkling
of the sunlight on the water attract people from near and far. Great exercise and just being out on the river for a while are great reasons to come. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. There are plenty of hotels here if you want to spend a night, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. When you're paddling down a Park Range river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. This  
is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too.

Briefly about the general area:
Near Colorado River you hit upon great spots like Beaver Dam Gulch; you can go for a hike on the Sheep Drive Trail. Yeah, come up here to the Park Range for a fine time. You'll meet a lot of folks from Silverthorne here, and magnificent hiking is available along the Eaglesmere Trail. This is a really good river. Colorado River is a location that is relatively dry commonly. The wettest month of the year is frequently July, that's the one that rains the most, and the driest month is February.

Colorado River, Gore Canyon 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 Colorado River.
 Whitewater Near Colorado River:
Colorado River, Grand County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V - 9.5 miles long (Gore Canyon)
Colorado River, Grand County, 4 miles away
      Class III - 11.6 miles long (Pumphouse campground to Rancho Del Rio)
Whitewater Outfitter - Arkansas Valley Adventures, Grand County, 4 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Colorado River RUNS, Eagle County, 7 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Blue River, Summit/ Grand County, 11 miles away
      Class III - 3.8 miles long (Green Mountain Reservoir to Spring Creek Road)
Whitewater Outfitter - Colorado River Center, Eagle County, 13 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Arkansas River, Chaffee County, 16 miles away
      Class IV - 5 miles long (Numbers Launch to Railroad Bridge Launch)
Rock Creek, Routt County, 18 miles away
      Class V+ - 7 miles long (Shoe and Stocking Creek Trailhead to Bridge below Quarry)
Piney River, Eagle County, 20 miles away
      Class V+ - 19 miles long (Piney Crossing to State Bridge)
Eagle River, Eagle County, 21 miles away
      Class IV - 1 miles long (Forest Service Visitor Center to Riverbend bus stop)
 Ski Areas Near Colorado River:
Vail, Colorado , 21 miles away, 3450 foot drop, 31 lifts, 193 runs
Beaver Creek, Colorado , 23 miles away, 3340 foot drop, 25 lifts, 149 runs
Steamboat, Colorado , 34 miles away, 3668 foot drop, 20 lifts, 143 runs
Copper Mountain, Colorado , 35 miles away, 2601 foot drop, 23 lifts, 125 runs
Howelsen Hill, Colorado , 36 miles away, 440 foot drop, 3 lifts, 15 runs
Ski Cooper, Colorado , 36 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
SolVista Basin, Colorado , 38 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 6 lifts, 37 runs
Breckenridge, Colorado , 40 miles away, 3398 foot drop, 27 lifts, 146 runs
Keystone, Colorado , 41 miles away, 3128 foot drop, 20 lifts, 135 runs
Loveland, Colorado , 42 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
 Marinas Near Colorado River:
Heeney Marina, Silverthorne , 12 miles away
 Hotels Near Colorado River:
Allington Inn And Suites, Kremmling , 4 miles away
Super 8 Kremmling, Kremmling , 5 miles away
Homestake Condominiums, Vail , 20 miles away
Destination Resorts Vail, Vail , 20 miles away
The Ritz Carlton Club, Vail, Vail , 20 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Colorado River:
Kremmling Special Recreation Management Area - Ueberfluss, Silverthorne, 5 miles away
Pumphouse, Silverthorne, 5 miles away
Wolford Campground, Kremmling, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Colorado River:
Sheep Drive Trail, Eagle , 8 miles away
Eaglesmere Trail, Summit , 12 miles away
Piney Lake Trail, Eagle , 13 miles away
Midway Trail, Grand , 13 miles away
Surprise Trail, Summit , 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near Colorado River:
Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park - CO , 67 miles away
Arapaho National Forest, Colorado , 29 miles away
Stagecoach State Park, Colorado , 31 miles away
White River National Forest, Colorado , 32 miles away
 Lakes Near Colorado River
Matheson Reservoir, Grand , 18 miles away
Upper Piney Lake, Eagle , 19 miles away

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