Originally Posted by QuietHunter
Snag a permit for Deso-Gray in the fall. From Rangely, it is just a couple hours to put-in.
The weather is good, bugs don't exist, trees are turning, wildlife is abundant, crowds are gone and the water is runnable. Talk to some of the BLM rangers and they will tell you it is their favorite time to float.
Deso is a great week long trip. Lodore is even closer to Rangely, but a few days shorter. The Yampa is my personal fave since the Dolores closed, but as mentioned, its been done for a while this year, In wet (heavy snow) years it can extend to August, but that is rare of late.