Boating

 Dolores River and The PalisadeColorado River through McInnis Canyons NCAGunnison River in Dominguez-Escalante NCA

One great way to enjoy your public lands is by boat.  The Colorado River, Gunnison River and Dolores River offer exceptional boating opportunities for both day and overnight paddles.  It is extremely important that you know the rules and regulations of the river before departing on your trip.  If you are planning to take a guided trip, please use one of our permitted outfitters.

 Colorado River | Dolores River | Gunnison River


 

Colorado River's Ruby-Horsethief: Loma, CO to Westwater, UT

A 25 mile float trip running along the northern boundary of the 75,550 acre Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness.  You will experience beautiful red rock canyons, 1.5 billion year old metamorphic rock, a variety of wildlife and ample opportunities for day hikes up the many canyons.  It is highly recommended that you check the current streamflow data and weather before your boat trip.  Streamflow and weather conditions can change quickly  in western Colorado based on spring runoff and summer downpours.   Motorized boat travel is prohibited from the Colorado/Utah state line to Westwater, UT.  The Colorado/Utah border is approximately 20.5 miles down river from the Loma, CO boat launch. 

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Gunnison River: Escalante to Redlands Dam

Beautiful scenery, hidden rock art and solitude bring visitors to this 800' deep canyon. During the 35 mile trip there is ample opportunity for hiking, wildlife viewing and exploring.  A popular stop along the way is Bridgeport, where primitive camping and a hike up Big Dominguez Canyon offers an opportunity to go exploring for hidden rock art and enjoy the waterfall. It is highly recommended that you check the current streamflow data and weather before your boat trip.

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Dolores River: Gateway, CO to Dewey Bridge, UT

Along this section of river you will encounter Class II and III rapids, with State Line Rapid being a class IV (should be scouted or portaged).  A very short season of raftable water limits the use on this section of river.   Streamflow data is not available for the Gateway to Dewey Bridge section of the Dolores River.

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Know Before You Go:

Rules/Requirements for your boat trip

•  Washable, reusable, port-a-potties are required for all overnight trips.  Waste must be emptied in a commode or RV dump.

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Firepans are required for all campfires.  Propane or gas stoves are strongly encouraged for camp cooking.  No open campfiresNOTE:  Firepans and/or stoves may be banned during high fire danger periods.

  Camp in established sites only.  Leave no trace, minimum impact rules apply when camping within the NCA.  


Outfitters:

The BLM has partnered with the following outfitters in order to give our visitors the experiences they desire.  These outfitters are permitted to operate on the segments of rivers listed above:

Helpful Links: 

Current weather
Stream flow data for Colorado River
Stream flow data for Gunnison River

Colorado River Outfitters Association home page

Colorado River Outfitters Association Weekly Water Report

 

** It is highly recommended that you check the current streamflow data and weather conditions before your boat trip.  Streamflow and weather conditions can change quickly in western Colorado based on spring runoff and summer downpours.