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Colorado whitewater, Crystal River

Pitkin Gunnison county, Redstone to Penny Hot Springs section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V+     2 miles
  The natural beauty of Colorado and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream beats anything. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Colorado are often tougher than in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that rivers here are less forgiving. The campgrounds here at Crystal River are pretty good. The Redstone to Penny Hot Springs section of Crystal River in Pitkin/Gunnison County is 2 miles long and it
    is classified as a class V+ section by American Whitewater. Getting a good workout and just hanging out with mother nature have people coming from far and near. The Redstone to Penny Hot Springs section is one of many paddling
sections in this river system. This is a somewhat short section so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Edwards, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. Some  
people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots.

Briefly about the general area:
The Munsey Ruby Stock Driveway offers hiking at its best; skiing at Sunlight Mountain is one of those things you just have to do. Penny Hot Springs is a fine local attraction; Paonia State Park is a fine place to check out on a gorgeous day. This is such a fun river. All through the summertime months highs here at Crystal River reach the 70's with overnight lows in the 40's. For the period of the winter the highs are commonly in the 30's; night lows at Crystal River all through the wintertime frequently drop into the-10's.

Crystal River, Redstone to Penny Hot Springs 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 Crystal River.
 Whitewater Near Crystal River:
Crystal River, Pitkin/Gunnison County, 1 miles away
      Class V+ - 2 miles long (Redstone to Penny Hot Springs)
Crystal River, Pitkin County, 1 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2.1 miles long (Penny Hot Springs to Avalanche Creek)
Crystal River, Pitkin County, 3 miles away
      Class III - 4.8 miles long (Avalanche Creek to B.R.Campground)
Crystal River - South Fork, Gunnison County, 7 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.25 miles long (Schofield Pass to Crystal)
Crystal River, Pitkin/ Gunnison County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Marble to Redstone)
Yule Creek, Pitkin County, 8 miles away
      Class V+ - 1.3 miles long (Bible Camp to Crystal River)
Crystal River, Gunnison County, 9 miles away
      Class V+ - 1.8 miles long (Road to Crystal to Beaver Lake)
Crystal River, Gunnison County, 12 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 3 miles long (Crystal Mill Falls to Crystal Gorge)
Yule Creek, Gunnison County, 12 miles away
      Class V+ - 2.25 miles long (10 000' to Marble Quarry)
Crystal River - North Fork, Gunnison County, 12 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.65 miles long (to scree slope)
 Ski Areas Near Crystal River:
Sunlight Mountain, Colorado , 13 miles away, 2010 foot drop, 4 lifts, 67 runs
Crested Butte, Colorado , 24 miles away, 2775 foot drop, 16 lifts, 121 runs
Buttermilk, Colorado , 26 miles away, 2030 foot drop, 7 lifts, 41 runs
Aspen Highlands, Colorado , 26 miles away, 3635 foot drop, 4 lifts, 131 runs
Irwin Lodge, Colorado , 26 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 15 runs
Aspen Mountain, Colorado , 28 miles away, 3267 foot drop, 8 lifts, 76 runs
Snowmass, Colorado , 31 miles away, 4406 foot drop, 21 lifts, 84 runs
Beaver Creek, Colorado , 54 miles away, 3340 foot drop, 25 lifts, 149 runs
Powderhorn, Colorado , 64 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 4 lifts, 44 runs
Vail, Colorado , 64 miles away, 3450 foot drop, 31 lifts, 193 runs
 Marinas Near Crystal River:
Roaring Fork Marina, Carbondale , 12 miles away
 Hotels Near Crystal River:
Comfort Inn & Suites, Carbondale , 12 miles away
Days Inn Carbondale, Carbondale , 12 miles away
Aspenalt Lodge, Basalt , 17 miles away
Timberline Condominiums, Snowmass Village , 19 miles away
Wildwood Snowmass Hotel, Snowmass Village , 19 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Crystal River:
Redstone, Carbondale, 0 miles away
Osgood Campground, Pitkin County, 1 miles away
Coal Creek Road, Somerset, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Crystal River:
Munsey Ruby Stock Driveway, Gunnison , 12 miles away
Blue Creek Trail, Eagle , 17 miles away
Hammond Trail, Gunnison , 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near Crystal River:
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, Gunnison - CO , 59 miles away
Curecanti National Recreation Area, Gunnison - CO , 59 miles away
Paonia State Park, Colorado , 15 miles away
Gunnison National Forest, Colorado , 21 miles away
Harvey Gap State Park, Colorado , 37 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Crystal River:
River Valley Ranch Golf Club, Carbondale , 10 miles away
Ranch at Roaring Fork Golf Course, Carbondale , 13 miles away
Aspen Glen Golf Club, Carbondale , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Crystal River
Geneva Lake, Gunnison , 12 miles away

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