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Old 07-07-2010   #1
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Fall Boating in SW Colorado???

I'm in the middle of a decision on where the hell to move to after August/when the water really drops here in BV. I've been considering Durango and Gunnison/CB. I'll be leaving right as the winter really gets good, so snow really isn't top priority for me. I'd rather be in a place where I can boat for a bit longer and get after some other fun activities for fall/early winter. Oh and a college near by is key too...

I've heard you can chase some rain storms for some creek runs fall time in the Durango area. It could have been someone blowing smoke up my ass, but i'd like to think it's got some truth to it. Other wise, do you guys and gals know of other runs that go for awhile in that area? I've got a creeker and a playboat and would like to be in the water either way.

Thanks for the insight.

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Old 07-07-2010   #2
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Well it does sometimes happen for a few days in the fall that we get some but I wouldn't move here just for that.

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Old 07-07-2010   #3
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save your money and (1) buy a mountain bike and/or (2) roadtrip to the southeast/northwest
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Old 07-08-2010   #4
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gunnison/cb isnt really the place to be as a paddler in the fall. the steep creeks are all long since done, the gunny town runs are scrapey low (400 cfs or lower) and our one dam released stash, the taylor doesnt last past mid september. its a great community and place to live, but shitty fall boating options
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Old 07-08-2010   #5
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CB/Gunny has the best fall boating option in colorado: the black canyon, that shit is sick. But for me durango is a way better place to live when the early spring roles around and you are closer to AZ for real winter paddling.
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Old 07-08-2010   #6
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Durango is great in alot of ways, but don't move here for the late summer/fall boating.
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Old 07-08-2010   #7
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who says u gotta buy a mt. bike for august?! good late season rallies:
Gore Canyon (till Oct usually)
Baileys (till Oct??)
Big Thompson (oct?)
Black Canyon & (gunny gorge) (?)
Shoshone,,westwater & Cataract canyon (oct)
Barrell springs (sometimes oct)
Ark (piney#s, gorge till oct)
Cross mt. gorge (low)
Waterton Canyon (ever?)
shoshone river??? WY roadtrip
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Old 07-10-2010   #8
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I've already got a mtn bike, just not in love with it. I'm not going to be around for the early spring snow storms, so that's not apart of this equation.

Bob, we should def rally some of those on the list. And boat around here more now, my schedule finally free'd up a bit and I'll be in the valley 7 days a week. Shoot me your # again too, my dog chewed up my phone & I lost em all.

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