Upper Colorado River Rafting – South Canyon

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Upper Colorado River – South Canyon White Water Rafting Description:

The South Canyon of the Colorado River is a mild and bouncy class II section, which includes the Glenwood Whitewater Park. This is a fun little stretch that makes nice addition to the upriver sections.

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

Upper Colorado River – South Canyon Whitewater Rafting Details:

Difficulty: Class II-III (What does this mean?)
Elevation: 5712′ to 5539′
Average Gradient: 12.8′ per mile

Access to Access

Two Rivers Park to South Canyon: 5.0 miles
South Canyon to New Castle #1: 5.0 miles
New Castle #1 to New Castle #2: 3.5 miles
Total Mileage: 13.5 miles

GPS Coordinates to South Canyon Access Points – Upper Colorado River:

  • Two Rivers Park Access: 39.552265,-107.334543
  • South Canyon Access: 39.564222,-107.412343
  • New Castle #1 Access: 39.572385,-107.478025
  • New Castle #2 Access: 39.567728,-107.524899

Cities Near the Dotsero Section:

  • Glenwood Springs, New Castle & Silt

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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What Our Guests Say:

This was the highlight of our trip to Colorado!
Beth G.
Been rafting six times around the country. Best trip and guide so far.
James H.
We have rafted round the world and this is by far the best—best trained guides, best safety, best food, best fun. Thanks.
Jane H.
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Leona H.
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Very pleasant and enjoyable experience. Rafted four other times and this was the best.
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This trip surpassed all of my expectations.
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Patty G.
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Angie D.
One of the best times of my life!
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Frenchie was the best guide I’ve ever had! This is a great company and I will definitely be telling friends about it!
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Lisa P.
Best time I’ve had on the river in the past 15 years!!!! Will return soon!!!
Dylan S.
I loved my experience at WA and will definitely be back with more people.
Cory D.
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Becky M.
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Dana Q.
The entire staff from reservations to first contact to trip guide was friendly and helpful. Our Scouts had an outstanding time!
Ken T.
I work in safety – wish I could get all our regional safety folks to present their safety meetings with the same enthusiasm and professionalism.
Karla S.
I want to raft again and again and well you get the point…again.
Levi V.
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Phil G.
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Tim S.
I have rafted with other companies before but I found your company and Mike, our guide, to be outstanding! I will be back!
Joe M.
This company is quality. Six years ago I did the same trip with Jack, Ian, and Kelly and the quality is as good today.
Chris G.
This was my first rafting experience and you guys made it awesome! Thank you so much!
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