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Colorado whitewater, Gunnison River

Montrose county, Crystal Dam to Chukar Trail section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V     16 miles
  The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master in this state than those in other states, so don't forget that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. If you're coming from Montrose it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, as you can see on the road map further down. A good workout and just being out on the river for a while have people coming from far and near. The natural beauty of Montrose
    County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. You can enjoy this section more if you take your time, so why not pack your camping stuff too. This river system
has a few good paddling sections and the Crystal Dam to Chukar Trail section is one of them. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way around here you won't find a large number of other spots. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground.

about the general area:
Interesting geology is available here; High Point is right next door to Gunnison River, and Lions Spring is an inspiring place to pop by during your stay. Jones Draw is a great place to discover, and since you're here at Gunnison River, checking out Sunset View is a must. This is a really good river. Crawford State Park is a fine place to stretch your legs a bit. Gunnison River is frequently a relatively waterless place. All through the month of October you get the most rain around here, and June meanwhile is the driest month. High temperatures at Gunnison River throughout the warm months are in the 80's, and the night is a tad colder of course, mostly in the 50's.

Gunnison River, Crystal Dam to Chukar Trail 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 Gunnison River.
 Whitewater Near Gunnison River:
Gunnison River, Montrose/Delta County, 7 miles away
      Class III - 13.5 miles long (Chukar to North Fork)
Gunnison River, Montrose County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V - 16 miles long (Crystal Dam to Chukar Trail)
Cimarron River, Montrose County, 15 miles away
      Class V - 1 miles long (Cimarron to Gunnison River)
Whitewater Outfitter - Black Canyon Anglers, Delta County, 16 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Cimarron River, Gunnison / Montrose County, 22 miles away
      Class V+ - 10.2 miles long (Big Cimarron Campground to Cimarron Road bridge)
Whitewater Outfitter - Rigs FLY Shop & Guide Service, Ouray County, 23 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Gunnison River:
Telluride, Colorado , 36 miles away, 3845 foot drop, 18 lifts, 115 runs
Powderhorn, Colorado , 39 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 4 lifts, 44 runs
Kendall Mountain, Colorado , 42 miles away, 400 foot drop, 1 lifts, 3 runs
Silverton, Colorado , 42 miles away, 3200 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Purgatory, Colorado , 51 miles away, 2029 foot drop, 11 lifts, 85 runs
Sunlight Mountain, Colorado , 53 miles away, 2010 foot drop, 4 lifts, 67 runs
Irwin Lodge, Colorado , 56 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 15 runs
Crested Butte, Colorado , 57 miles away, 2775 foot drop, 16 lifts, 121 runs
Aspen Highlands, Colorado , 69 miles away, 3635 foot drop, 4 lifts, 131 runs
Buttermilk, Colorado , 70 miles away, 2030 foot drop, 7 lifts, 41 runs
 Hotels Near Gunnison River:
Super 8 Montrose, Montrose , 9 miles away
Red Arrow Inn And Suites, Montrose , 9 miles away
Baymont Inn & Suites Montrose, Montrose , 9 miles away
Days Inn Montrose, Montrose , 10 miles away
Briarwood Inns, Montrose , 10 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Gunnison River:
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument - North Rim, Crawford, 2 miles away
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument - South Rim, Crawford, 4 miles away
R V Camperland-good Sam Park, Montrose, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Gunnison River:
Hartman Trail, Gunnison , 18 miles away
Deer Creek Trail, Ouray , 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near Gunnison River:
Crawford State Park, Colorado , 11 miles away
Ridgway State Park, Colorado , 18 miles away
Sweitzer State Park, Colorado , 22 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Gunnison River:
Black Canyon Golf Club, Montrose , 9 miles away
Bridges Golf Course, Montrose , 10 miles away
Bridges At Black Canyon, Montrose , 10 miles away

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