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Old 10-24-2013   #41
Salida, Colorado
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Originally Posted by Max's Dad View Post
One definition of a classic could be a free flowing river. The following two rivers come to mind:
Yampa - the only remaining free flowing river in the Colorado River Basin
Yellowstone - longest free flowing river in the lower 48

To use this definition would reduce the list dramatically. And while the Colorado is not a free flower, Cataract Canyon sure still behaves like one. I have that one high on the classic list. But nothing beats The Grand.

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Old 10-24-2013   #42
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Originally Posted by DoStep View Post
Cataract Canyon sure still behaves like one.
Does it though? It benefits from year round flows due to releases. Peak runoff in many years happens after many of the storage facilities are maxed out but in other years when peak is early flows through cataract would be dramatically higher if not for dams.

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Old 10-24-2013   #43
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I'm not sure if Cataract "behaves like a river", but I would recommend checking it out if flows are at 50,000+ cfs.
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Old 10-25-2013   #44
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Out West:

Numbers above 2,000CFS (IV+)
Royal Gorge 2200+ CFS is excellent as far as scenery goes and it's definitly on the easier side for gorges.
Giant's Gap, N. Fork of the American (IV/V)- Just heard it's excellent.

Out East for Fun:

Section 4 of the Chattooga (IV/V)
Russell Fork Gorge (Flow Dependent)
Wilson Creek Gorge (IV/V)

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