Upper Colorado River Rafting – Dotsero

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Upper Colorado River Rafting – Dotsero

Mostly flat water, with a few mild rapids. Enjoy a short hike to Hanging Lake from the take out.

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Recommended Trips on Dotsero – Upper Colorado River:
At this time, we do not have information on outfitters that offer commercial trips on this section.

Upper Colorado River – Dotsero Whitewater Rafting Details:

Difficulty: Class II (What does this mean?)
Elevation: 6129′ to 6109′
Average Gradient: 2.0′ per mile

Access to Access

Dotsero to Burnt Tree Ridge: 3.5 miles
Burnt Tree Ridge to Hanging Lake: 6.5 miles
Total Mileage: 10 miles

GPS Coordinates to Dotsero Access Points – Upper Colorado River:

  • Dotsero Access: 39.649369,-107.063313
  • Burnt Tree Ridge Access: 39.629515,-107.103642
  • Hanging Lake Access: 39.587534,-107.195202

Cities Near the Dotsero Section:

  • Dotsero & Glenwood Springs

Information for Upper Colorado River Self-Guided Boaters:

The Upper Colorado River (Lower Gore, Dotsero and South Canyon) are managed by the Bureau of Land Management out of Silt, CO.

  • Boating Permit Required: NO
  • Permit Details: No fee of any kind is required to float the river, but you do need to buy a pass to use the BLM managed and private access sites.
  • River Manager: U.S Bureau of Land Management – Colorado River Valley Field Office
    2300 River Frontage Road, Silt, CO 81652
    970.876.9000 ~ www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/crvfo.html

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

Colorado Rafting River Guide:

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