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Colorado whitewater, Rio Blanco

Archuleta county, Highway 84 to San Juan River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     8 miles
  This section of Rio Blanco is 8 miles long and is a class II-III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The beautiful scenery of Colorado and the cool fresh water have people coming here. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often more difficult than elsewhere, so better not forget that many runs in this state are not easy. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. You might
    be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. Getting a good workout and just hanging out with mother nature will make you glad you came. You might have
to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. This is a pretty decent length section, you can easily run it on an afternoon. The put-in is not too far from Durango, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Whitewater paddling here in the San Juan and Jemez Mountains is a great experience. If you're a camper  
you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
Take a hike on the Blanco River Trail, and you'll perhaps meet some people from Pagosa Springs here. Not enough hours in a day to enjoy the San Juan and Jemez Mountains. Have a nice hiking adventure along the Mill Creek Stock Drive; Frio Canyon is a pleasant location to explore. Coming to this river is always a good idea. At Rio Blanco you donít see much precipitation. The month of August is the wettest with most of the rain while June is generally the driest month. Through the summer highs here at Rio Blanco get into the 80's, and the night is a bit chillier of course, frequently in the 40's.

Rio Blanco, Highway 84 to San Juan River 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 Rio Blanco.
 Whitewater Near Rio Blanco:
Rio Blanco, Archuleta County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 8 miles long (Highway 84 to San Juan River)
San Juan River, Archuleta County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 13.4 miles long (Pagosa to Trujillo Road)
San Juan River, Archuleta County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 1 miles long (Pagosa Springs Town Run)
Whitewater Outfitter - Canyon REO, Archuleta County, 7 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Pagosa Rafting Outfitters, Archuleta County, 8 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - AAA Pagosa Outside, Archuleta County, 9 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Navajo River, Rio Arriba (NM) / Archuleta County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 25 miles long (Lower 25 miles to San Juan confluence)
San Juan River - East Fork, Archuleta County, 16 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4 miles long (East Fork to 160 Bridge)
Navajo River, Rio Arriba County, 17 miles away
      Class II - 20 miles long (Chromo Colorado to Colorado Border)
Wolf Creek, Mineral County, 19 miles away
      Class IV+ - 0.25 miles long (Downstream from Highway 160 Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Rio Blanco:
Wolf Creek, Colorado , 23 miles away, 1604 foot drop, 7 lifts, 77 runs
Silverton, Colorado , 59 miles away, 3200 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Kendall Mountain, Colorado , 59 miles away, 400 foot drop, 1 lifts, 3 runs
Purgatory, Colorado , 63 miles away, 2029 foot drop, 11 lifts, 85 runs
Telluride, Colorado , 73 miles away, 3845 foot drop, 18 lifts, 115 runs
Hesperus Ski Center, Colorado , 74 miles away, 700 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Pajarito Mountain, New Mexico , 80 miles away, 1410 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Monarch, Colorado , 88 miles away, 1162 foot drop, 7 lifts, 63 runs
Irwin Lodge, Colorado , 95 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 15 runs
Crested Butte, Colorado , 97 miles away, 2775 foot drop, 16 lifts, 121 runs
 Hotels Near Rio Blanco:
Quality Inn Pagosa Springs, Pagosa Springs , 7 miles away
Elkwood ManorLuxury Bed Breakfast, Pagosa Springs , 7 miles away
Fireside Inn And Cabins, Pagosa Springs , 7 miles away
Alpine Inn Of Pagosa Springs, Pagosa Springs , 8 miles away
Econo Lodge Pagosa Springs, Pagosa Springs , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Rio Blanco:
Acres Green RV Park, Pagosa Springs, 3 miles away
Wolf Creek Valley Campground, Pagosa Springs, 5 miles away
The Last Resort RV Park and Campground, Pagosa Springs, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Rio Blanco:
Blanco River Trail, Archuleta , 9 miles away
Mill Creek Stock Drive, Archuleta , 12 miles away
Fourmile Stock Trail, Archuleta , 14 miles away
Martinez Creek Trail, Archuleta , 15 miles away
Rainbow Trail, Mineral , 15 miles away
 Public Lands Near Rio Blanco:
Heron Lake State Park, New Mexico , 31 miles away
El Vado Lake State Park, New Mexico , 32 miles away
Navajo Lake State Park, New Mexico , 36 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Rio Blanco:
Pagosa Springs Golf Club, Pagosa Springs , 9 miles away
 Lakes Near Rio Blanco
Opal Lake, Archuleta , 17 miles away
Capote Lake, Archuleta , 19 miles away

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