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San Miguel River Recreation Area
 
Whitewater rafting on the San Miguel River

San Miguel River Recreation Area features diverse ecosystems of rare riparian plant communities. Brown and rainbow trout thrive here, and a number of access points along the river provide excellent fishing opportunities. With whitewater classes ranging between II and IV, boaters can enjoy a variety of river trips. The water's consistent gradient and continuous flow through a boulder-strewn course make for exciting rides. Visitors of this area can travel along the Unaweep-Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway.

Field Office:  Uncompahgre

Total Area:  39,367 acres

Average River Gradient:  40 feet/mile

Rapid Classes:  II to IV

Activities:
  • Byway
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Water recreation
  • Wildlife viewing




     
Attractions, Facilities, & Services:
  • 8 boat ramps
  • Fishing access points
  • Road-side river recreation sites
  • 4 campgrounds
  • Restrooms
  • Picnic areas
  • No drinking water
  • Both paved and unpaved roads
  • Available in Naturita, Norwood, Placerville and Telluride: lodging, restaurants and shops

Directions:  To the northern portion of the river: from Naturita, travel east on Highway 145, and then turn left onto Highway 90. To the southern portion of the river: from Naturita, travel east on Highway 145. After Norwood, look for river access points.


Additional Information:

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