Dolores River – Paradox & Mesa Canyons White Water Rafting Description:
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:
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
Please contact the river manager (above) for information on shuttles.