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Colorado whitewater, Escalante Creek

Gunnison county, Escalante Forks to Captain Smith's Cabin section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V     6.5 miles
  The Escalante Forks to Captain Smith's Cabin section of Escalante Creek in Colorado is 6.5 miles long and has been rated as a class V section by American Whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Colorado is often tougher than elsewhere, so don't forget that the rivers in this state are less manageable. Great exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are great reasons to come. The put-in is not too far from Montrose, as you
    can see on the road map further down. 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. Since
you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling spots. On this section you do get some distance, it's good length for a morning trip. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Escalante Forks to Captain Smith's Cabin section is one of them. The wild scenery of the Uncompahgre Plateau Mountains is great. The wonderful Gunnison County scenery  
and the cool fresh water attract people from near and far.

Briefly about the general area:
Take a hike on the McCarthy Trail, and Caps Spring is always fun to check out. If you want a good time in the great outdoors just come on up to the Uncompahgre Plateau Mountains. Hiking along the Gunnison Trail is splendid fun, and do put some time aside to spend at Cottonwood Spring since you're here at Escalante Creek. This river is so perfect. You certainly must visit Uncompahgre National Forest while you're here at Escalante Creek. Around Escalante Creek you donít get a lot of precipitation.

Escalante Creek, Escalante Forks to Captain Smith's Cabin 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 Escalante Creek.
 Whitewater Near Escalante Creek:
Escalante Creek, Gunnison County, 2 miles away
      Class V - 6.5 miles long (Escalante Forks to Captain Smith's Cabin)
Kannah Creek, Mesa County, 15 miles away
      Class III - 6.5 miles long (Route 50 to Route 141)
Kannah Creek, Mesa County, 17 miles away
      Class V - 1.8 miles long (Kannah Creek Trailhead to Girl Scout Camp Bridge)
Colorado River, Grand County, 24 miles away
      Class I-II - 27 miles long (Loma to Westwater)
San Miguel River, San Miguel/ Montrose County, 25 miles away
      Class III - 5.2 miles long (BB 36 Road to Green Truss Bridge)
Whitewater Outfitter - Catfish Canoe, Mesa County, 25 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Buzzard Creek, -blank- County, 26 miles away
      Class IV - 7 miles long (64.30 Road to Collbran)
Colorado River, -blank- County, 26 miles away
      Class III - 0.1 miles long (Cameo Dam)
Plateau Creek, -blank- County, 26 miles away
      Class III-IV - 8.3 miles long (Highway 65 to I-70)
Whitewater Outfitter - Black Canyon Anglers, Delta County, 30 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Escalante Creek:
Powderhorn, Colorado , 25 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 4 lifts, 44 runs
Telluride, Colorado , 52 miles away, 3845 foot drop, 18 lifts, 115 runs
Kendall Mountain, Colorado , 66 miles away, 400 foot drop, 1 lifts, 3 runs
Silverton, Colorado , 66 miles away, 3200 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Purgatory, Colorado , 67 miles away, 2029 foot drop, 11 lifts, 85 runs
Hesperus Ski Center, Colorado , 77 miles away, 700 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Sunlight Mountain, Colorado , 79 miles away, 2010 foot drop, 4 lifts, 67 runs
Crested Butte, Colorado , 95 miles away, 2775 foot drop, 16 lifts, 121 runs
Irwin Lodge, Colorado , 96 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 15 runs
 Hotels Near Escalante Creek:
Days Inn Delta CO, Delta , 18 miles away
Quality Inn Delta, Delta , 18 miles away
Rodeway Inn Delta, Delta , 19 miles away
Wine Country Inn, Palisade , 23 miles away
Best Western Grande River Inn & Suites, Clifton , 24 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Escalante Creek:
Escalante Pot Holes, Whitewater, 0 miles away
Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area - Gunnison Pack Trail, Whitewater, 6 miles away
Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area - Dominguez Canyon, Whitewater, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Escalante Creek:
McCarthy Trail, Montrose , 2 miles away
Gunnison Trail, Mesa , 4 miles away
Bar X Bench Stock Trail, Mesa , 7 miles away
Bax X Bench Stock Trail, Mesa , 7 miles away
Long Gulch Trail, Montrose , 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Escalante Creek:
Colorado National Monument, Fruita - CO , 38 miles away
Uncompahgre National Forest, Colorado , 13 miles away
Sweitzer State Park, Colorado , 21 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Escalante Creek:
Cottonwood Golf Club, Delta , 8 miles away
Delta Family Fun Park, Delta , 18 miles away
Devil's Thumb Golf Course, Delta , 20 miles away
 Lakes Near Escalante Creek
Hilkey Pond, Montrose , 16 miles away

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