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Recreation Areas

Upper Colorado River


Whitewater rafting on the Colorado River

[Reeder Creek to Blue River]

[Gore Canyon]

[Pumphouse to State Bridge]

[State Bridge to Dotsero]



Notable segments of the Upper Colorado River include Reeder Creek to Blue River, Gore Canyon, Pumphouse to State Bridge and State Bridge to Dotsero. River rapids range anywhere from class I to V, allowing beginning boaters and experts alike to enjoy fantastic adventures. Boating outfitters are available in several locations. There are a number of fishing access points along the length of the river, and some segments are known for Gold Medal fishing. The riparian habitats here provide spectacular opportunities for wildlife viewing and bird watching, and visitors will also enjoy the surrounding canyons and scenic ranching landscapes. Developed campgrounds are available at Pumphouse, Radium and Catamount for those who are looking for an overnight rest. The hot springs between Pumphouse and State Bridge are also a great place to relax. Visitors who would like to enjoy a scenic tour beside the river can take the Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway.

Field Offices:  Colorado River Valley & Kremmling 

Total Area: 175,000 acres

Rapid Classes:  I to V

  • Byway
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Mountain biking
  • Off-highway vehicles
  • Water recreation
  • Wildlife viewing

Attractions, Facilities, & Services:
  • Boating and fishing outfitters
  • Boat launches at Confluence, Pumphouse, Radium and State Bridge
  • Hot springs
  • Developed campgrounds at Pumphouse, Radium and Catamount
  • Drinking water at Pumphouse
  • Restrooms
  • Picnic areas
  • Parking
  • Available at Eagle, Glenwood Springs, Granby, Gypsum, Hot Sulphur Springs, Kremmling and Vail: lodging, restaurants
    and shops

Directions:  The Upper Colorado River can be accessed from various locations along US-40 between Hot Sulphur Springs and Kremmling. Between Kremmling and State Bridge, it can be accessed via a number of turnoffs from County Road 1/Trough Road. For more information, contact the Colorado River Valley Field Office or the Kremmling Field Office.

Additional Information:

About the Upper Colorado River: Reeder Creek to
State Bridge

About the Upper Colorado River: State Bridge
to Dotsero



Guide to the Upper Colorado River