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Colorado whitewater, Colorado River

Grand county, Pumphouse campground to Rancho Del Rio section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III     11.6 miles
  The natural beauty of Colorado and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream have people coming here. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often tougher than in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. The Pumphouse campground to Rancho Del Rio stretch is one of many paddling stretches in this river system. Getting a good workout and just hanging
    out with mother nature will make you glad you came. You can enjoy this section more if you take your time, so go ahead and pack your sleeping bag. The Pumphouse campground to Rancho Del Rio section of Colorado River in Grand
County is 11.6 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class III section of whitewater. There's camping available near Colorado River. 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. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Edwards, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down  
the page.

Briefly about the general area:
This is a popular place for folks from Mc Coy; hiking is a popular thing to do around Colorado River; High Trail is a splendid local trail. The South Derby Trail offers hiking at its best. Summer brings highs in the 70's to Colorado River while night lows are commonly in the 40's. Highs during the wintertime are frequently in the 30's; overnight lows at Colorado River during the wintertime mostly descend into the 0's. At Colorado River you donít see much rain. Most of the snow falls during March, and June is when it's the driest.

Colorado River, Pumphouse campground to Rancho Del Rio 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:
Whitewater Outfitter - Timberline Tours, Eagle County, 7 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Piney River, Eagle County, 9 miles away
      Class V+ - 19 miles long (Piney Crossing to State Bridge)
Whitewater Outfitter - Lakota River Guides, Eagle County, 10 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Rock Creek, Routt County, 13 miles away
      Class V+ - 7 miles long (Shoe and Stocking Creek Trailhead to Bridge below Quarry)
Whitewater Outfitter - Colorado River Center, Eagle County, 16 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Eagle River, Eagle County, 18 miles away
      Class II-III - 17.4 miles long (Edwards to Eagle)
Sweetwater Creek, Eagle County, 19 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4.5 miles long (Pine Valley Ranch to Anderson Camp)
Whitewater Outfitter - Colorado River Guides, Routt County, 20 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Colorado River RUNS, Eagle County, 22 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Eagle River, Eagle County, 23 miles away
      Class IV - 1 miles long (Forest Service Visitor Center to Riverbend bus stop)
 Ski Areas Near Colorado River:
Beaver Creek, Colorado , 24 miles away, 3340 foot drop, 25 lifts, 149 runs
Buttermilk, Colorado , 32 miles away, 2030 foot drop, 7 lifts, 41 runs
Vail, Colorado , 33 miles away, 3450 foot drop, 31 lifts, 193 runs
Aspen Mountain, Colorado , 33 miles away, 3267 foot drop, 8 lifts, 76 runs
Aspen Highlands, Colorado , 33 miles away, 3635 foot drop, 4 lifts, 131 runs
Snowmass, Colorado , 34 miles away, 4406 foot drop, 21 lifts, 84 runs
Steamboat, Colorado , 35 miles away, 3668 foot drop, 20 lifts, 143 runs
Howelsen Hill, Colorado , 36 miles away, 440 foot drop, 3 lifts, 15 runs
Sunlight Mountain, Colorado , 41 miles away, 2010 foot drop, 4 lifts, 67 runs
Ski Cooper, Colorado , 43 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
 Hotels Near Colorado River:
Comfort Inn Vail Valley, Eagle , 7 miles away
AmericInn Eagle, Eagle , 7 miles away
Best Western Plus Eagle Lodge & Suites, Eagle , 7 miles away
Hawthorn Suites By Wyndham Eagle CO, Eagle , 7 miles away
Eagle River Lodge, Eagle , 7 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Colorado River:
Catamount, Mc Coy, 5 miles away
Pinball Point, Burns, 8 miles away
Wolcott, Wolcott, 10 miles away
 Trails Near Colorado River:
High Trail, Eagle , 12 miles away
South Derby Trail, Eagle , 12 miles away
Cache Creek Access Trail, Eagle , 15 miles away
Red Canyon Stock Driveway, Eagle , 15 miles away
Salt Creek Trail, Eagle , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Colorado River:
Sylvan State Park, Colorado , 18 miles away
White River National Forest, Colorado , 25 miles away
Stagecoach State Park, Colorado , 26 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Colorado River:
Eagle Ranch Golf Club, Eagle , 9 miles away
Eagle Ranch Golf, Eagle , 9 miles away
Arrowhead Village-Beaver Creek Mountain Country Club of the Rockies, Eagle , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Colorado River
LEDE Reservoir, Eagle , 18 miles away

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