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Colorado whitewater, East River

Gunnison county, Gothic Bridge to above Stupid Falls section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV     0.75 miles
  If you're coming from Edwards it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often more difficult than elsewhere, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are sure to keep you coming back for more. The wonderful
    Colorado scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water make the trip here worthwhile. There's camping available near East River. Lodging is available near the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're
all set. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of spots for that. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. This stretch of East River in Colorado is 0.75 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class IV section.

Briefly about the general area:
There are great places to explore along the Trail Riders Trail, and at East River you
always meet someone from Crested Butte. Go for a hike on the Granite Basin Trail, and a spree to Judd Falls will fill your soul with tremendous feelings. The surroundings of this river have so much to offer. Crested Butte is a splendid local ski area. East River is usually a quite dehydrated location. The wettest month of the year is commonly August, that's the one that rains the most; the driest month of the year is February. Summertime highs at East River mostly tend to be in the 70's. For the duration of the moonlight hours it's generally in the 40's. The wintertime brings highs down to the 30's, and night lows at East River through the winter commonly fall into the-10's.

East River, Gothic Bridge to above Stupid Falls 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 East River.
 Whitewater Near East River:
East River, Gunnison County, 1 miles away
      Class IV - 0.75 miles long (Gothic Bridge to above Stupid Falls)
Oh Be Joyful Creek, Gunnison County, 5 miles away
      Class V - 1 miles long (Ankle Breaker to Beaver Ponds)
Slate River, Gunnison County, 5 miles away
      Class V - 2 miles long (Beaver Ponds to Oh Be Joyful Campground)
Daisy Creek, Gunnison County, 7 miles away
      Class V - 1 miles long (40' Waterfall to confluence with Slate River)
Crystal River - North Fork, Gunnison County, 10 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.65 miles long (to scree slope)
Crystal River, Gunnison County, 10 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, Gunnison County, 13 miles away
      Class V+ - 1.8 miles long (Road to Crystal to Beaver Lake)
Anthracite Creek - Ruby Fork, Gunnison County, 13 miles away
      Class V+ - 11 miles long (Bridge to Erikson Springs Campground)
Whitewater Outfitter - Blazing Adventures, Pitkin County, 14 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near East River:
Crested Butte, Colorado , 3 miles away, 2775 foot drop, 16 lifts, 121 runs
Irwin Lodge, Colorado , 5 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 15 runs
Aspen Highlands, Colorado , 15 miles away, 3635 foot drop, 4 lifts, 131 runs
Buttermilk, Colorado , 16 miles away, 2030 foot drop, 7 lifts, 41 runs
Aspen Mountain, Colorado , 17 miles away, 3267 foot drop, 8 lifts, 76 runs
Snowmass, Colorado , 18 miles away, 4406 foot drop, 21 lifts, 84 runs
Sunlight Mountain, Colorado , 35 miles away, 2010 foot drop, 4 lifts, 67 runs
Beaver Creek, Colorado , 48 miles away, 3340 foot drop, 25 lifts, 149 runs
Monarch, Colorado , 51 miles away, 1162 foot drop, 7 lifts, 63 runs
Ski Cooper, Colorado , 52 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
 Hotels Near East River:
Grand Lodge Crested Butte, Crested Butte , 3 miles away
The Grand Lodge Crested Butte Hotel And Suites, Crested Butte , 3 miles away
The Lodge At Mountaineer Square, Crested Butte , 3 miles away
Elevation Hotel And Spa, Crested Butte , 3 miles away
Crested Butte Mt R, Crested Butte , 3 miles away
 Campgrounds Near East River:
Avery Peak Campground, Gunnison County, 2 miles away
Gothic, Crested Butte, 2 miles away
Oh-Be-Joyful, Crested Butte, 4 miles away
 Trails Near East River:
Trail Riders Trail, Gunnison , 2 miles away
Granite Basin Trail, Gunnison , 13 miles away
Lowline Trail, Gunnison , 14 miles away
Mill-Castle Trail, Gunnison , 17 miles away
Munsey Ruby Stock Driveway, Gunnison , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near East River:
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, Gunnison - CO , 37 miles away
Curecanti National Recreation Area, Gunnison - CO , 37 miles away
Gunnison National Forest, Colorado , 21 miles away
Paonia State Park, Colorado , 25 miles away
Sylvan State Park, Colorado , 33 miles away
 Golf Courses Near East River:
Crested Butte Country Club, Crested Butte , 5 miles away
Snowmass Golf Course, Snowmass Village , 15 miles away
Maroon Creek Club, Aspen , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near East River
Geneva Lake, Gunnison , 10 miles away

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