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Old 09-09-2011   #1
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Best Westwater Campsites...any suggestions?

Looking to do an overnighter in Westwater. Never been.
What are the best campsites if you have about 9 people or so looking to have a gooood time...I've heard Little Dalores is a nice one. We're looking for something private with scenic views, preferably as far away from the ranger station as possible....if ya catch my drift


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Old 09-09-2011   #2
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Do you have a permit? You'll need one. You will get your campsite after the ranger has checked all of your gear. A lot of where you end up depends on how early you wake up or arrive at the boat ramp and are ready to go. They won't check your stuff until you're pretty much ready to push off. Another factor is the size of your group. You can always request a campsite, but if there is another large group going and your group is smaller the ranger will probably put you at a smaller sight. That being said, all of the campsites on WW are excellent and far away from the ranger station. Upper and Lower Dolores are great for large groups. There are some good hikes from those campsites. Hades is nice for a smaller group. Like I said, it's kind of a crap shoot until you check in with the ranger and see where they're willing to allow you to camp, based on other groups launching the same day. Check out this link for a list of all the WW campsites, some descriptions, and a few photos: Colorado - Westwater

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Old 09-09-2011   #3
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What summitraftgirl said...

I prefer the Dolores sites because of the hike up to the water fall (when its flowing) and to the petroglyphs.
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Old 09-09-2011   #4
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Another thing to consider is if you want to run the rapids the first day or second and get yourself a map if you have not already.
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Old 09-09-2011   #5
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At this point you are calling in for a cancellation since September and October are booked, unless you want November- which is nice because there are fewer people and the Little Dolores waterfall is frozen and amazing. Call between 8-12 Monday through Friday for a permit: (435) 259-7012

Upper Little D is my favorite camp.
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Old 09-12-2011   #6
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Old 09-12-2011   #7
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I have camped at Hades a few times with groups of 10 or less. Excellent site with access to the Little D surf wave.
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I second Hades - best site in the canyon. Great beach.

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