The Colorado River

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The Colorado River at 1,450 miles in length is one of the longest rivers in the Western United States. Born in Western Colorado, this river plays a vital role in the life of over 40 million westerners in seven states. The River Basin spans 260,000 square miles, occupying about 8% of the continental United States.

Major Tributaries of the Colorado:

Frazier River
Muddy Creek
Blue River– Snake River, Tenmile Creek
Eagle River- Gore Creek
Roaring Fork River– Fryingpan River, Crystal River
Gunnison River East River (Slate Creek), Taylor River, Uncompahgre River
Dolores RiverSan Miguel River
Green River- Yampa River (Elk River, White River)
San Juan River- Navajo River, Piedra River, Animas River,

Colorado River Section: Colorado

 


 
Hot Sulphur Springs to Hwy 40 bridge (Byers Canyon):

Season: Spring-Summer
Day-Use Pass: na
Class of Rapids: IV
Length: 3 miles
Put-in: Hot Sulphur Springs
American Whitewater.org

Gore Canyon:

Season: Spring-Summer
Day-Use Pass: na
Class of Rapids: IV-V
Length: 4.5 miles
Put-in: Kremmling
American Whitewater.org

Pumphouse Campground to State Bridge (Pumphouse):

Season: Spring-Summer
Day-Use Pass: na
Class of Rapids: III
Length: 11.6 miles
Put-in: Pumphouse Campground
American Whitewater.org

State Bridge to Burns:

Season: Spring-Summer
Day-Use Pass: na
Class of Rapids: II
Length: 35 miles
Put-in: State Bridge
American Whitewater.org

Burns to Dotsero (Burns Canyon):

Season: Spring-Summer
Day-Use Pass: na
Class of Rapids: II
Length: 35 *American Whitewater lists the distance and class for State Bridge to Burns as Burns to Dotsero.
Put-in: Burns
American Whitewater.org

Hanging Lake to Shoshone Power Plant:

Season: Spring-Summer
Day-Use Pass: na
Class of Rapids: IV-V
Length: 3.8 miles
Put-in: Hanging Lake Exit 125
American Whitewater.org

Shoshone Power Plant to Grizzly Creek:
Season: Spring-Summer
Day-Use Pass: na
Class of Rapids: III-IV
Length: 2 miles
Put-in: Shoshone Power Plant,
Exit 125
American Whitewater.org

Grizzly Creek to Two Rivers Park:

Season: Spring-Summer
Day-Use Pass: na
Class of Rapids: II
Length: 6 miles
Put-in: Grizzly Creek
American Whitewater.org

Two Rivers Park to South Canyon:
Season: Spring-Summer
Day-Use Pass: na
Class of Rapids: II
Length: 6 miles
Put-in: Grizzly Creek
American Whitewater.org


South Canyon to New Castle:

Season: Spring-Summer
Day-Use Pass: na
Class of Rapids: I
Length: 9.4 miles
Put-in: Two Rivers Park
American Whitewater.org

New Castle to Cameo:
Season: Spring-Summer
Day-Use Pass: na
Class of Rapids: I
Length: na
Put-in: New Castle
American Whitewater.org

Big Sur:
Season: Spring-Summer
Day-Use Pass: na
Class of Rapids: III
Length: 0.1 miles
Put-in: Cameo
“Big Sur on the Colorado is a unique feature that occurs when flows reach 20,000cfs. High flows are provided by coordinated reservoir operations upstream, and are intended to support endangered fish in the Grand Valley. ”
American Whitewater.org

Grand Junction Town (Palisade to
Loma Launch:

Season: Spring-Summer
Day-Use Pass: na
Class of Rapids: I
Length: 30.56 miles.
Put-in: Palisade
American Whitewater.org

Colorado River Section: Utah

 


 
Colorado River, Loma launch to Westwater launch (Ruby to Horsetheif):
Season: Spring- Summer
Day Use Pass: na
Class of Rapids: II
Length: 25 miles
Put-in: Loma Launch
American Whitewater.org

Westwater launch to Rose Ranch (Westwater Canyon):

Season: Spring- Summer
Day Use Pass: na
Class of Rapids: I-IV
Length: 17 miles
Put-in: Westwater
American Whitewater.org

Cisco (Rose Ranch) to Moab:
Season: Spring- Summer
Day Use Pass: na
Class of Rapids: I-III
Length: 47 miles
Put-in: Rose Ranch
American Whitewater.org

Confluence with Green River to Lake Powell:
Season: Spring- Summer
Day Use Pass: na
Class of Rapids: I-IV
Length: 112 miles
Put-in: Confluence of the GreenAmerican Whitewater.org

Colorado River Below Baker Gulch Nr Grand Lake

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    Colorado River At Windy Gap, Near Granby

    • Flow: 158 ft³/s
    • Water Level: 3.88 ft
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    Colorado River Near Kremmling

    • Flow: 432 ft³/s
    • Water Level: 3.89 ft
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    Colorado River At Catamount Bridge

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      Colorado River Near Dotsero

        USGS

         

        Colorado River Below Glenwood Springs

        • Flow: 1040 ft³/s
        • Water Level: 3.51 ft
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        Colo River Below Grand Valley Div Nr Palisade

        • Flow: 1300 ft³/s
        • Water Level: 4.22 ft
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        Colorado River Near Colorado- Utah State Line

        • Water Temp: 34.88 ° F
        • Flow: 3950 ft³/s
        • Water Level: 3.92 ft
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