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Colorado whitewater, Sweetwater Creek

Eagle county, Pine Valley Ranch to Anderson Camp section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     4.5 miles
  The scenic beauty of Eagle County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream will make you feel great. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Colorado are often tougher than in other states, so don't forget that many runs in this state are not easy. This stretch of Sweetwater Creek in Eagle County is 4.5 miles long and has been rated as a class III-IV section by American Whitewater. Whether you're whitewater
    rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good rivers. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might
end up sleeping in your car. The starting point is not too far from Edwards, as you can see on the road map further down. On this section you do get some distance, you can easily run it on an afternoon. Getting a good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here. There's camping available near Sweetwater Creek. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well.

about the general area:
If the weather is splendid here at Sweetwater Creek, you can go for a hike along the South Derby Trail, and if you're here, you might as well have a look at Lucky Gulch. Don't leave Sweetwater Creek without first checking out Hells Gate, and going for a hike along the High Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this area. At this river you will never have a bad time. At Sweetwater Creek you always meet someone from Gypsum. Not much precipitation falls here at Sweetwater Creek. The month with most of the rain is March, and June on the other hand is the driest.

Sweetwater Creek, Pine Valley Ranch to Anderson Camp 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 Sweetwater Creek.
 Whitewater Near Sweetwater Creek:
Sweetwater Creek, Eagle County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4.5 miles long (Pine Valley Ranch to Anderson Camp)
Colorado River, Garfield County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 3.8 miles long (Hanging Lake Exit 125 to Grizzly Creek)
Colorado River, garfield County, 12 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2 miles long (Shoshone Power Plant Exit 123 to Grizzly Creek Exit 121)
Whitewater Outfitter - Lakota River Guides, Eagle County, 12 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Grizzly Creek, Garfield County, 15 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1 miles long (1 mile up trail to Grizzly Creek Rest Area)
Whitewater Outfitter - Rock Gardens Rafting, Garfield County, 18 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Timberline Tours, Eagle County, 18 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Blue SKY Adventures, Garfield County, 20 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - UP THA Creek Expeditions, Garfield County, 20 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Roaring Fork, Pitkin/Garfield County, 20 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 6.2 miles long (Black Bridge to Veltus Park)
 Ski Areas Near Sweetwater Creek:
Sunlight Mountain, Colorado , 26 miles away, 2010 foot drop, 4 lifts, 67 runs
Buttermilk, Colorado , 32 miles away, 2030 foot drop, 7 lifts, 41 runs
Aspen Highlands, Colorado , 33 miles away, 3635 foot drop, 4 lifts, 131 runs
Aspen Mountain, Colorado , 34 miles away, 3267 foot drop, 8 lifts, 76 runs
Snowmass, Colorado , 36 miles away, 4406 foot drop, 21 lifts, 84 runs
Beaver Creek, Colorado , 39 miles away, 3340 foot drop, 25 lifts, 149 runs
Steamboat, Colorado , 43 miles away, 3668 foot drop, 20 lifts, 143 runs
Howelsen Hill, Colorado , 43 miles away, 440 foot drop, 3 lifts, 15 runs
Crested Butte, Colorado , 45 miles away, 2775 foot drop, 16 lifts, 121 runs
Irwin Lodge, Colorado , 47 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 15 runs
 Hotels Near Sweetwater Creek:
Eagle River Lodge, Eagle , 17 miles away
AmericInn Eagle, Eagle , 17 miles away
Best Western Plus Eagle Lodge & Suites, Eagle , 17 miles away
Comfort Inn Vail Valley, Eagle , 18 miles away
Hawthorn Suites By Wyndham Eagle CO, Eagle , 18 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Sweetwater Creek:
Lyons Gulch, Gypsum, 2 miles away
Anderson Camps LTD, Gypsum, 3 miles away
Deep Creek, Gypsum, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Sweetwater Creek:
High Trail, Eagle , 8 miles away
South Derby Trail, Eagle , 9 miles away
Ute Trail, Larimer , 16 miles away
Blue Creek Trail, Eagle , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Sweetwater Creek:
Sylvan State Park, Colorado , 27 miles away
Stagecoach State Park, Colorado , 33 miles away
White River National Forest, Colorado , 37 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Sweetwater Creek:
Ironbridge Golf Club, Glenwood Springs , 18 miles away
Eagle Ranch Golf Club, Eagle , 18 miles away
Ranch at Roaring Fork Golf Course, Carbondale , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Sweetwater Creek
Wood Lake, Garfield , 17 miles away
Yamcolo Reservoir, Garfield , 17 miles away

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