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Old 03-30-2015   #1
dillon, Colorado
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Is 2 days rushing this float?

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Old 03-30-2015   #2
GWS, Colorado
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2 days is probably the norm but 3 is better, especially at lower flows. There is a cool camp very early on (3-4 miles downstream) called Rattlesnake Canyon. It is worth a couple hour hike. The camp really only fits a small group.

The black rock camps are super cool too but the train does go by on the other side a few times each night.

I suggest camping once early in the trip and once at black rock.

On aside note, do you best to leave your car at the takeout and the put in is prone to break in's.

Have fun.

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Old 03-30-2015   #3
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if you feel like motoring through the first 10-15 miles in the first day you can easily knock it out in 2 days. There is a campsite just before the left hand bend in the river where black rocks campsites start called split rock. If for some reason the water is busy and you think all the good black rock sites might be taken, this is a really good mid point campsite. Has some good cottonwoods for morning time shade and lots of good tent sites and some fun bouldering. Best way I've ever floated it was crushing miles and getting down to black rock 8 or 9 on the first day, casually getting up in the morning, make some breakfast and then only having a few miles until WW takeout. Makes for a stress free second day in case Uncle Gusty shows up for those last few miles.
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Old 03-31-2015   #4
Grand Junction, Colorado
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Most people run this as a 2 night 3 day trip camping early on the first night and Black Rocks and beyond the second. 3 day trips are great for families or groups wanting a more leisurely float or groups wanting to spend some time hiking up one of the many side canyons.

It may be a stretch to get to Black Rocks in one day in the summer and the flow is low, the wind does tend to kick up in the afternoons.

The train tracks don't enter the canyon until after the Salt Creek sites so if you want one night of no train camp before them.

The break-ins at Loma have also been far fewer in the past years. There is a shuttle company that will shuttle your car to Westwater for you and keep you car in their lot until it is shuttled to Westwater.

Hope this helps some! Enjoy your trip!
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Old 03-31-2015   #5
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I've always floated that section in two days, often times with a layover day for hiking and lounging.

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Old 05-29-2015   #6
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You can do it in 2 days, even in lower water (2500-3000). If you launch early on day 1 and put in a few miles you can reach black rocks by 2-3 in afternoon, enjoy black rocks, hike to the top of the cliffs for a great view. Then launch day 2 by 10? Hit Westwater takeout around 2.

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