Paddle The West End

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The West End of Montrose County has two rivers for water sports. The San Miguel River starts on the northern slopes of the San Juan Mountains and flows north easterly until it meets the Dolores River in the heart of the West End. The Dolores headwaters are just miles from the headwaters of the San Miguel, only on the southern slopes of the San Juan Mountains. Flowing south the Dolores toward the McPhee Reservoir, once in the Dolores River Canyon, the river moves in a north western direction into Dry Creek Basin, then continuing into the West End at the Paradox Valley. The Dolores River flows through the sandstone canyons of the West End, crossing into Utah, to the confluence with the Colorado.
 

 

San Miguel River

Dolores River

Pinon Bridge to Naturita:
Season: Spring- Summer
Day Use Pass: na
Class of Rapids: I (IV- Varies with level)
Length: na
Put-in: Pinon Bridge
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Slickrock to Bedrock:
Season: Spring-Summer
Day-Use Pass: na
Class of Rapids: II-III
Length: 50 miles
Put-in: Slickrock Bridge
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Naturita to Dolores Confluence:
Season: Spring- Summer
Day Use Pass: na
Class of Rapids:
Length: miles
Put-in: Naturita
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Bedrock to Gateway (Paradox and Mesa Canyon):
Season: Spring-Summer
Day-Use Pass: na
Class of Rapids: II-III
Length: 50 miles
Put-in: Bedrock Launch Site
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San Miguel River at Brooks Bridge Near Nucla

  • Flow: 5.86 ft³/s
  • Water Level: 1.26 ft
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Gateway to Colorado River:
Season: Spring-Summer
Day-Use Pass: na
Class of Rapids: II & IV
Length: 30 miles
Put-in: Gateway
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Dolores River Near Slickrock

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    USGS

    San Miguel River at Uravan

    • Flow: 44.6 ft³/s
    • Water Level: 2.43 ft
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    Dolores River Near Bedrock

    • Water Temp: 42.44 ° F
    • Flow: 29.4 ft³/s
    • Water Level: 2.29 ft
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