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Colorado whitewater, Lime Creek

1st Gorge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V+     3 miles
  The natural beauty of Colorado and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream make the trip here worthwhile. The starting location is a short drive from Durango, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. This section of Lime Creek in Colorado is 3 miles long and has been rated as a class V+ section by American Whitewater. The 1st Gorge stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this
    river system. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, there
are lots of good rivers for that around here. This stretch is short so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. The wild scenery of the San Juan and Jemez Mountains is great. There's camping available near Lime Creek. Great exercise and just being out on the river for a while will have you coming back for more. 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 rivers here are less forgiving.

Briefly about the general area:
Near Lime Creek you locate Coal Bank Pass which is a good place to visit; you'll most likely meet some folks from Silverton here. And if that's not sufficient there's a lot more fun stuff to do in the San Juan and Jemez Mountains. If you like skiing, you're in luck; Purgatory is near Lime Creek, and don't leave Lime Creek without first going for a hike along the Highline Trail. Lots of fun awaits you along this river. Good hiking is available along the Deer Park Trail. Summertime brings highs in the 70's to Lime Creek.

Lime Creek, 1st Gorge 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 Lime Creek.
 Whitewater Near Lime Creek:
Lime Creek, -blank- County, 1 miles away
      Class V+ - 3 miles long (1st Gorge)
Mineral Creek - South, -blank- County, 6 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.5 miles long (Above South Mineral Camp Ground)
Animas River, San Juan/ La Plata County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V - 24.2 miles long (Silverton to Tacoma)
Lime Creek, -blank- County, 8 miles away
      Class V+ - -blank- miles long (2nd Gorge)
Animas River, San Juan/ La Plata County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2.6 miles long (Tacoma to Rockwood Rail Yard)
Canyon Creek, La Plata County, 10 miles away
      Class V+ - 3 miles long (to Animas River)
Hermosa Creek, La Plata County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V - 24 miles long (Hermosa Park to US 550)
Whitewater Outfitter - Waterwolf, San Miguel County, 14 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Further Adventures, San Miguel County, 14 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
San Miguel River, San Miguel/ Montrose County, 17 miles away
      Class III - 7.3 miles long (Silverpick Road to Fall Creek Road)
 Ski Areas Near Lime Creek:
Purgatory, Colorado , 6 miles away, 2029 foot drop, 11 lifts, 85 runs
Silverton, Colorado , 7 miles away, 3200 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Kendall Mountain, Colorado , 9 miles away, 400 foot drop, 1 lifts, 3 runs
Telluride, Colorado , 14 miles away, 3845 foot drop, 18 lifts, 115 runs
Hesperus Ski Center, Colorado , 31 miles away, 700 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Wolf Creek, Colorado , 67 miles away, 1604 foot drop, 7 lifts, 77 runs
Powderhorn, Colorado , 80 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 4 lifts, 44 runs
Irwin Lodge, Colorado , 84 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 15 runs
Crested Butte, Colorado , 85 miles away, 2775 foot drop, 16 lifts, 121 runs
Sunlight Mountain, Colorado , 97 miles away, 2010 foot drop, 4 lifts, 67 runs
 Hotels Near Lime Creek:
Teller House, Silverton , 8 miles away
The Ice House Condominiums, Telluride , 13 miles away
The Ice House Lodge, Telluride , 13 miles away
Camel's Garden, Telluride , 13 miles away
New Sheridan Hotel, Telluride , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Lime Creek:
Lime Creek Campground, San Juan County, 2 miles away
Little Molas Lake, Silverton, 4 miles away
Purgatory Campground, La Plata County, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Lime Creek:
Highline Trail, San Juan , 5 miles away
Deer Park Trail, San Juan , 8 miles away
Brooklyn Trail, San Juan , 9 miles away
Whitehead Trail, San Juan , 9 miles away
Circle Trail, Dolores , 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Lime Creek:
Aztec Ruins National Monument, Aztec - NM , 50 miles away
Mesa Verde National Park, Mesa Verde National Park - CO , 51 miles away
San Juan National Forest, Colorado , 20 miles away
Ridgway State Park, Colorado , 29 miles away
Mancos State Park, Colorado , 39 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Lime Creek:
Glacier Club At Tamarron, Durango , 12 miles away
Cornerstone Colorado, Telluride , 14 miles away
Telluride Ski & Golf Club, Telluride , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Lime Creek
Cushman Lake, San Miguel , 14 miles away
Vallecito Lake, San Juan , 15 miles away

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