Steep whitewater in a sheer-walled gorge
Lower Piedra River
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The Lower Piedra, also referred to as the Lower Box, First Gorge and First Box is a steep and technically challenging wilderness section. A sheer walled gorge surrounds this fast-paced section filled with boulder gardens, drops and wave trains.
Recommended White Water Rafting Trips on Lower Piedra River:
Lower Piedra Full Day
Mild to Wild Rafting
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Lower Piedra River Whitewater Rafting Details:
Difficulty: Class III-IV+ (What does this mean?)
Elevation: 7082′ to 6583′
Average Gradient: 41.6′ per mile
Access to Access
1st Fork Campground to Lower Piedra Campground: 12 miles
Total Mileage: 12 miles
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.
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.
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.
Information for Piedra 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 ~ www.fs.usda.gov/main/sanjuan
Please contact the river manager (above) for information on shuttles.