Isolated, wild and fast-paced

Piedra River


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piedra river overview

This remote section of epic whitewater is under consideration for inclusion into the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Paddle hard through waves of cold water while taking in the scenery of this beautiful river surrounded by lush forests and abundant wildlife.

• Difficulty: Class III-IV+ (What does this mean?)
• Season: May – June

White Water Rafting Trips on the Piedra River:

Trip Lengths: Full & 2 Day
Outfitter: Mild to Wild Rafting
Learn More: ~ 800.567.6745

Wilderness Aware Rafting does not operate trips on the Piedra River. Information regarding the Piedra River on this website is strictly informational. Please click here for a complete list of trips that we offer, or use the search filter to the left. Thanks!

piedra river sections

Upper Piedra River
Class III-IV
Fast-paced with some challenging rapids all surrounded by awesome geology and dense forests.

Lower Piedra River
Class III-IV+ 
Steep with technical drops and narrow chutes, the Upper Piedra is a fast-paced challenge best for those with rafting experience.



What people are saying

  • Lydia filled us with confidence. She was skilled and knowledgeable and explained each set of rapids so we knew what to expect. She was great company and we had the best experience. She was brilliant.

    Dwight W. Rafter
  • I cannot wait to come back! Also loved how funny all the guides were. It was the most I’ve seen my sister laugh in a long time! Thank you so much for this amazing experience.

    Lexi R. Rafter
  • I spent several days researching various rafting options and after speaking w/your team was sold. We were not disappointed-the trip is spectacular and our guide Sean was informative, lively professional and entertaining.

    Lauren C. Rafter


Information for River Self-Guided Boaters:

The Piedra River is in the San Juan National Forest and is managed by the U.S. Forest Service.

  • Boating Permit Required: NO
  • Permit Details: No fee of any kind is required to float the river within the National Forest on public lands.
  • River Manager: US Forest Service – Columbine Ranger District 
    367 Pearl Street, Po Box 439, Bayfield, CO 81122 
    970.884.1404 ~

If shuttle service is available, information is listed under the specific section page.

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