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Colorado whitewater, Vallecito Creek

La Plata county, 1 mile above Vallecito Campground section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V+     1 miles
  The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often tougher than in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy. The put-in is not too far from Durango, as you can see on the road map further down. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the 1 mile above Vallecito Campground section is one of them. Great exercise and a chance
    to spend some time outdoors will have you coming back for more. The beautiful scenery of Colorado and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream make the trip here worthwhile. This is a very short stretch
so no need to bring snacks. The 1 mile above Vallecito Campground section of Vallecito Creek is 1 miles long and has been rated as a class V+ section by American Whitewater. Whitewater paddling here in the San Juan and Jemez Mountains is a great experience. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good places for that around here. The campgrounds here at Vallecito Creek are pretty good. The nearby hotels are a bit away  
from the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.

Briefly about the general area:
Hiking is a popular thing to do around Vallecito Creek; Pine-Piedra Stock Driveway is a great local trail. Going to San Juan National Forest near Vallecito Creek is a nice thing to do, and why not take a refreshing hike along the Whitehead Trail. This river is a wonderful place to visit. All through the warm days of summer here at Vallecito Creek, high temperatures ordinarily get into the 70's. For the period of the moonlight hours it's commonly in the 40's.

Vallecito Creek, 1 mile above Vallecito Campground 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 Vallecito Creek.
 Whitewater Near Vallecito Creek:
Vallecito Creek, La Plata County, 1 miles away
      Class V+ - 1 miles long (1 mile above Vallecito Campground)
Canyon Creek, La Plata County, 15 miles away
      Class V+ - 3 miles long (to Animas River)
Piedra River, Hinsdale/ Archuleta County, 17 miles away
      Class II-IV - 12 miles long (Upper Piedra Campground to 1st Fork Bridge)
Animas River, San Juan/ La Plata County, 17 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2.6 miles long (Tacoma to Rockwood Rail Yard)
Animas River, San Juan/ La Plata County, 19 miles away
      Class IV-V - 24.2 miles long (Silverton to Tacoma)
Lime Creek, -blank- County, 19 miles away
      Class V+ - 3 miles long (1st Gorge)
Lime Creek, -blank- County, 19 miles away
      Class V+ - -blank- miles long (2nd Gorge)
Piedra River, Hinsdale/ Archuleta County, 20 miles away
      Class III-V - 10 miles long (1st Fork Bridge to Lower Piedra Campgound)
Mineral Creek - South, -blank- County, 20 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.5 miles long (Above South Mineral Camp Ground)
Whitewater Outfitter - Flexible Flyers Rafting, La Plata County, 21 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Vallecito Creek:
Silverton, Colorado , 18 miles away, 3200 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Kendall Mountain, Colorado , 19 miles away, 400 foot drop, 1 lifts, 3 runs
Purgatory, Colorado , 20 miles away, 2029 foot drop, 11 lifts, 85 runs
Telluride, Colorado , 32 miles away, 3845 foot drop, 18 lifts, 115 runs
Hesperus Ski Center, Colorado , 38 miles away, 700 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Wolf Creek, Colorado , 51 miles away, 1604 foot drop, 7 lifts, 77 runs
Irwin Lodge, Colorado , 84 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 15 runs
Crested Butte, Colorado , 86 miles away, 2775 foot drop, 16 lifts, 121 runs
Powderhorn, Colorado , 96 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 4 lifts, 44 runs
Monarch, Colorado , 100 miles away, 1162 foot drop, 7 lifts, 63 runs
 Marinas Near Vallecito Creek:
Vallecito Doc's Marina, Bayfield , 6 miles away
 Hotels Near Vallecito Creek:
Teller House, Silverton , 19 miles away
Sky Ute Casino And Resort, Ignacio , 22 miles away
Iron Horse Inn, Durango , 25 miles away
Best Western Mountain Shadows, Durango , 26 miles away
Days Inn Durango, Durango , 26 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Vallecito Creek:
Vallecito Campground, La Plata County, 2 miles away
Blue Spruce RV Park and Cabins, Bayfield, 2 miles away
Pine River, Bayfield, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Vallecito Creek:
Pine-Piedra Stock Driveway, Hinsdale , 15 miles away
Whitehead Trail, San Juan , 15 miles away
Deer Park Trail, San Juan , 16 miles away
 Public Lands Near Vallecito Creek:
Aztec Ruins National Monument, Aztec - NM , 48 miles away
Mesa Verde National Park, Mesa Verde National Park - CO , 62 miles away
San Juan National Forest, Colorado , 8 miles away
Navajo Lake State Park, New Mexico , 28 miles away
Navajo State Park, Colorado , 38 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Vallecito Creek:
Glacier Club At Tamarron, Durango , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Vallecito Creek
Vallecito Lake, San Juan , 11 miles away

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