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Utah whitewater, Dolores River

Grand county, Gateway to Colorado River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II+(IV)     30 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so keep in mind that a large number of rivers in this state are quite easy. The natural beauty of Grand County and the water flowing gracefully down Dolores River have people coming here. The starting location is a short drive from Grand Junction, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. There are plenty of other
    sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. A stretch this long is of course too much for a one day trip, so it looks like you will be camping out. A bit of exercise and just being out on the river for a while
will have you coming back for more. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling rivers. The Gateway to Colorado River section of Dolores River in Utah is 30 miles long and is a class II+(IV) section of  
whitewater according to American Whitewater.

Briefly about the general area:
A good spot next to Dolores River is Cottonwood Canyon. Summer brings highs in the 90's to Dolores River with overnight lows in the 60's. Daytime highs through the winter are in the 30's; after the sun is down through the winter temperatures at Dolores River fall into the 10's. Dolores River is pretty dehydrated generally. During October this area sees the most rain, and the driest month of the year is February.

Dolores River, Gateway to Colorado 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 Dolores River.
 Whitewater Near Dolores River:
Dolores River, Mesa County, 12 miles away
      Class II+(IV) - 30 miles long (Gateway to Colorado River)
Dolores River, Grand County, 12 miles away
      Class II+(IV) - 30 miles long (Gateway to Colorado River)
Colorado River, Grand County, 18 miles away
      Class I-IV - 17 miles long (Westwater to Rose Ranch)
Colorado River, Grand County, 21 miles away
      Class I-III - 47 miles long (Cisco to Moab)
Whitewater Outfitter - Roadrunner Shuttle of Moab, Grand County, 24 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Griffith River Expeditions, Grand County, 28 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Dolores River, Montezuma/Dolores County, 29 miles away
      Class II+ - 44 miles long (Bedrock to Gateway)
Whitewater Outfitter - Red River Adventures, Grand County, 29 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Adrift Adventures Rafting, Grand County, 30 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Tag A Long Travel & Tours Agency, Grand County, 30 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Dolores River:
Powderhorn, Colorado , 71 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 4 lifts, 44 runs
Telluride, Colorado , 99 miles away, 3845 foot drop, 18 lifts, 115 runs
 Hotels Near Dolores River:
Sorrel River Ranch Resort And Spa, Moab , 19 miles away
Red Stone Inn, Moab , 20 miles away
Apache Motel, Moab , 29 miles away
Quality Inn Moab Slickrock Area, Moab , 29 miles away
Comfort Suites Moab, Moab , 30 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Dolores River:
Kokopelli's Trail - Hideout Canyon, Cisco, 5 miles away
Kokopelli's Trail - Cowskin, Cisco, 9 miles away
Kokopelli's Trail - Bull Draw, La Sal, 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Dolores River:
Arches National Park, Moab - UT , 29 miles away
Canyonlands National Park, Moab - UT , 29 miles away
Highline State Park, Colorado , 35 miles away

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