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Old 02-12-2016   #1
Denver, Colorado
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mid-march inaugural dory run

Hi friends!

We've got a new-to-us fiberglass whitewater dory that we want to take on a short multi-day in mid-march. Looking for a mild stretch of water with decently warm air temps so we can get used to the craft before taking it out on something bigger. Anything in the SW US will work, as we'll be on a CO to CA road trip. So far, best option looks to be Black Canyon on the Colorado River below Hoover dam. Any other suggestion?

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Old 02-13-2016   #2
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Cisco to Moab.... and you could get a little white water in (class2 to 3-)

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Old 02-13-2016   #3
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Green River daily is another option. Anywhere from Nefertiti down.
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Old 02-13-2016   #4
Denver, Colorado
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R/H or SJ

ruby horsethief is a good option. Easy to bail if weather looks bad. No rocks to bang your dory on. No permit that time of year. I'll probably be their 3rd week of March in my wood dory.
Favorite easy Early spring trip is Sand Island to Mexican hat on the San Juan. Go to and get a permit. Flow for your dory might be limiting factor. I'd take my wood boat at flows 800+. Maybe a bit lower. Only 2 rapids I can think of that might cause some damage if run incorrectly.
Have fun and enjoy that boat!
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