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Eagle county, Piney Crossing to State Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V+     19 miles
  The Piney Crossing to State Bridge section of Piney River in Eagle County is 19 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class V+ section. The nature scenery of Eagle County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water beats anything. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good spots. The starting point is not too far from Edwards, there's a road map further down
    the page with more info on that. 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. The Park Range scenery is wonderful. If you hurry you can run
this section in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so pack your sleeping bag. The Piney Crossing to State Bridge section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. The campgrounds here at Piney River are pretty good. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here. The average Colorado whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master than those in other  
states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that rivers here are less forgiving.

Briefly about the general area:
A tremendous place in the neighborhood of Piney River is Cabin Gulch; this is a popular place for folks from Bond. But wait, there's more exciting things to do in the Park Range. There's good hiking along the Cache Creek Access Trail, and do put some time aside to spend at Split Trough Spring if you're here at Piney River. This is such a wonderful river. Hiking is a popular thing to do around Piney River; Red Canyon Stock Driveway is a magnificent local trail.

Piney River, Piney Crossing to State Bridge 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 Piney River.
 Whitewater Near Piney River:
Piney River, Eagle County, 3 miles away
      Class V+ - 19 miles long (Piney Crossing to State Bridge)
Whitewater Outfitter - Colorado River Center, Eagle County, 5 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Rock Creek, Routt County, 6 miles away
      Class V+ - 7 miles long (Shoe and Stocking Creek Trailhead to Bridge below Quarry)
Whitewater Outfitter - Colorado River RUNS, Eagle County, 11 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Eagle River, Eagle County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 17.4 miles long (Edwards to Eagle)
Colorado River, Grand County, 14 miles away
      Class III - 11.6 miles long (Pumphouse campground to Rancho Del Rio)
Whitewater Outfitter - Timberline Tours, Eagle County, 14 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Eagle River, Eagle County, 17 miles away
      Class IV - 1 miles long (Forest Service Visitor Center to Riverbend bus stop)
Whitewater Outfitter - Lakota River Guides, Eagle County, 20 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Colorado River Guides, Routt County, 21 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Piney River:
Beaver Creek, Colorado , 19 miles away, 3340 foot drop, 25 lifts, 149 runs
Vail, Colorado , 25 miles away, 3450 foot drop, 31 lifts, 193 runs
Steamboat, Colorado , 32 miles away, 3668 foot drop, 20 lifts, 143 runs
Howelsen Hill, Colorado , 34 miles away, 440 foot drop, 3 lifts, 15 runs
Buttermilk, Colorado , 38 miles away, 2030 foot drop, 7 lifts, 41 runs
Aspen Mountain, Colorado , 38 miles away, 3267 foot drop, 8 lifts, 76 runs
Ski Cooper, Colorado , 38 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Snowmass, Colorado , 39 miles away, 4406 foot drop, 21 lifts, 84 runs
Aspen Highlands, Colorado , 39 miles away, 3635 foot drop, 4 lifts, 131 runs
Copper Mountain, Colorado , 43 miles away, 2601 foot drop, 23 lifts, 125 runs
 Hotels Near Piney River:
The Lodge And Spa At Cordillera, Edwards , 13 miles away
Inn And Suites At Riverwalk, Edwards , 14 miles away
Comfort Inn Vail Valley, Eagle , 15 miles away
Hawthorn Suites By Wyndham Eagle CO, Eagle , 15 miles away
Best Western Plus Eagle Lodge & Suites, Eagle , 15 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Piney River:
Kremmling Special Recreation Management Area - Sage Brush Flats, Bond, 1 miles away
Kremmling Special Recreation Management Area - Double Pine, Bond, 1 miles away
Kremmling Special Recreation Management Area - Windy Point, Bond, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Piney River:
Cache Creek Access Trail, Eagle , 9 miles away
Red Canyon Stock Driveway, Eagle , 11 miles away
Tepee Creek Trail, Routt , 12 miles away
Morrison Divide Trail, Routt , 13 miles away
Rock Creek Trail, Eagle , 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near Piney River:
Sylvan State Park, Colorado , 22 miles away
White River National Forest, Colorado , 24 miles away
Stagecoach State Park, Colorado , 24 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Piney River:
Red Sky Guest, Wolcott , 9 miles away
Red Sky Golf Club, Wolcott , 10 miles away
Eagle Springs Golf Club, Wolcott , 10 miles away

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