Dolores Whitewater Rafting – Paradox & Mesa Canyons

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Dolores River – Paradox & Mesa Canyons White Water Rafting Description:

Find the Dolores River in Colorado

Paradox Valley, named appropriately as the Dolores River cuts a course across the valley instead of down its length, was created over 150 million years ago from the collapse of an ancient salt dome. This open valley is a calm float with views of the steep sandstone and shale that form the valley walls.

As the river moves through the northern edge of Paradox Valley you float into majestic Mesa Canyon. High canyon walls hug the river, and at one point sport a 100-year-old wooden hanging flume, which is attached to the canyon wall 500+ feet above the water. Despite the presence of Hwy 141 alongside the river, the scenery is enough to forget about the flow of traffic.

Recommended Trips on Paradox & Mesa Canyons – Dolores River:

Click Here – Gateway Canyon 10 Day Trip Info

Trip Name:
Gateway Canyon 10 Day
Sections Included:
Ponderosa Gorge, Slickrock Canyon, Paradox & Mesa Canyons, Gateway Canyon
Outfitter:
Wilderness Aware Rafting

Dolores River – Paradox & Mesa Canyons Whitewater Rafting Details:

Difficulty: Class II-III (What does this mean?)
Elevation: 4939′ to 4551′
Average Gradient: 8.8′ per mile

Access to Access

Bedrock to Gateway: 44.2 miles
Total Mileage: 44.2 miles

GPS Coordinates to Paradox & Mesa Canyons Access Points – Dolores River:

  • Bedrock Access: 38.304562,-108.894542
  • Gateway Access: 38.680104,-108.98062

Cities Near the Paradox & Mesa Canyons Section:

  • Moab, UT, Dove Creek, Gateway & Bedrock

Information for Dolores Self-Guided Boaters:

The Dolores River (Paradox & Mesa Canyons) are managed by the Bureau of Land Management out of Montrose, CO.

  • Boating Permit Required: NO
  • Permit Details: No fee of any kind is required to float the river, although there are group size limits.
  • River Manager: U.S Bureau of Land Management – Uncompahgre Field Office
    2465 S. Townsend Ave, Montrose, CO 81401
    970.240.5300 ~ www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/ufo.html

Shuttles:
Please contact the river manager (above) for information on shuttles.

Colorado Rafting River Guide:

Colorado Rafting River Guide
Check out our detailed information about the rivers you can raft across Colorado.

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