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Colorado whitewater, San Miguel River

San Miguel Montrose county, Silverpick Road to Fall Creek Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III     7.3 miles
  This stretch of San Miguel River in Colorado is 7.3 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class III section of whitewater. The nature scenery of Colorado and the playfulness of the water make the trip here worthwhile. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the Silverpick Road to Fall Creek Road stretch is one of them. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this
    general area you'll find lots of paddling places. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, it's good length for a morning trip. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Montrose, as you can see
on the road map further down. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. Great exercise and spending some quality time in nature have people coming from far and near. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Colorado tend to be more challenging than the national average, so keep in mind that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. You can pitch a tent or park  
your RV at a nearby campground. The wild scenery of the Uncompahgre Plateau Mountains is great.

Briefly about the general area:
There's perfect hiking along the Alder Creek Trail, and the best way to spend a winter day is on the slopes of nearby Telluride. You completely should love the Uncompahgre Plateau Mountains. The Wilson Mesa Trail offers hiking at its best; there are plenty of folks from Telluride here. Lots of fun awaits you along this river. San Miguel River is typically a reasonably waterless place. Of all the months in a year July is the one with the most rain, and June is when it's the driest.

San Miguel River, Silverpick Road to Fall Creek Road 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 San Miguel River.
 Whitewater Near San Miguel River:
San Miguel River, San Miguel/ Montrose County, 4 miles away
      Class III - 7.3 miles long (Silverpick Road to Fall Creek Road)
Whitewater Outfitter - Waterwolf, San Miguel County, 8 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Further Adventures, San Miguel County, 8 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Dolores River, Dolores / Montezuma County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III - 39 miles long (Rico to McPhee Reservoir)
Whitewater Outfitter - Rigs FLY Shop & Guide Service, Ouray County, 17 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Hermosa Creek, La Plata County, 19 miles away
      Class IV-V - 24 miles long (Hermosa Park to US 550)
San Miguel River, San Miguel/ Montrose County, 19 miles away
      Class III - 16 miles long (Norwood Bridge to Green Truss Bridge)
Mineral Creek - South, -blank- County, 20 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.5 miles long (Above South Mineral Camp Ground)
Lime Creek, -blank- County, 20 miles away
      Class V+ - 3 miles long (1st Gorge)
Uncompahgre River, Ouray County, 20 miles away
      Class V+ - 2.2 miles long (Ouray to KOA campground)
 Ski Areas Near San Miguel River:
Telluride, Colorado , 8 miles away, 3845 foot drop, 18 lifts, 115 runs
Purgatory, Colorado , 21 miles away, 2029 foot drop, 11 lifts, 85 runs
Silverton, Colorado , 23 miles away, 3200 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Kendall Mountain, Colorado , 23 miles away, 400 foot drop, 1 lifts, 3 runs
Hesperus Ski Center, Colorado , 37 miles away, 700 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Powderhorn, Colorado , 61 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 4 lifts, 44 runs
Irwin Lodge, Colorado , 85 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 15 runs
Wolf Creek, Colorado , 85 miles away, 1604 foot drop, 7 lifts, 77 runs
Crested Butte, Colorado , 86 miles away, 2775 foot drop, 16 lifts, 121 runs
Sunlight Mountain, Colorado , 89 miles away, 2010 foot drop, 4 lifts, 67 runs
 Hotels Near San Miguel River:
Mountain Lodge At Telluride A Noble House Resort, Telluride , 8 miles away
Madeline Hotel And Residences, Telluride , 8 miles away
The Peaks Resort And Spa, Mountain Village , 8 miles away
See Forever Village, Mountain Village , 8 miles away
Lumiere Hotel, Telluride , 8 miles away
 Campgrounds Near San Miguel River:
Fall Creek, Placerville, 5 miles away
Sunshine Campground, San Miguel County, 7 miles away
Riverwood Inn and RV Park, Ophir, 8 miles away
 Trails Near San Miguel River:
Alder Creek Trail, San Miguel , 4 miles away
Wilson Mesa Trail, San Miguel , 5 miles away
Deep Creek Trail, San Miguel , 7 miles away
Sheep Trail, San Miguel , 8 miles away
Woods Lake Trail, San Miguel , 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near San Miguel River:
Mesa Verde National Park, Mesa Verde National Park - CO , 48 miles away
Yucca House National Monument, Mesa Verde National Park - CO , 48 miles away
Ridgway State Park, Colorado , 21 miles away
Mancos State Park, Colorado , 37 miles away
Uncompahgre National Forest, Colorado , 38 miles away
 Golf Courses Near San Miguel River:
Telluride Golf Club, Telluride , 7 miles away
Telluride Ski & Golf Club, Telluride , 8 miles away
Cornerstone Colorado, Telluride , 8 miles away
 Lakes Near San Miguel River
Cushman Lake, San Miguel , 6 miles away

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