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Old 05-06-2008   #1
 
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Dolores - Bedrock to Gateway?

My friends and I are thinking of floating this section over Memorial Weekend. Anyone have any thoughts on it? In particular I notice that the Dolores River Guide doesn't show that many campsites along the river in that section. Are there really that few? Or is it just a less run section so fewer campsites are shown?

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The first 10 miles or so is mostly private land with almost ZERO campsites.
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The first 10 miles or so is mostly private land with almost ZERO campsites.
But beyond that? I only see handful of camping spots shown in the river guide, and wondered if the guide is being very selective...

Also, how does it compare as a trip to the Slick Rock to Bedrock section above? Is the proximity of the highway (141) a problem?

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The 2 sections do not compare. Slickrock to Bed rock is amazing. From Big Gyp on it is being considered for wilderness designation. Deep Canyon...almost mini Grand with lots of side hikes and amazing camp spots. No roads. Bedrock to gateway has roads and private land and not as dramatic scenerey. It will be much less crowded is about the only thing its got goin. Slick to bed will be a zoo on memorial. I have been down it 2x in the last week and half and it has been crowded but still have found amazing seculded campspots. The Take out is a nightmare but I think well worth it. Also consider Gateway to Dewey. You need a permit but there is some sick, long rapids like State Line and Chicken Raper.
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Thanks for the advice! Gateway to Dewey is probably a little advanced for our group - looking for something fairly straightforward. Seems that we're not going to find anywhere that's both scenic and uncrowded on Memorial Weekend though!

Any thoughts on the Delta - Whitewater section of the Gunnison?
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Do the slickrock to bedrock section! We just got off that section and it was incredible. That weekend will have about 2000 cfs (i think) so there will be some class III but the majority will still be II+. My wife and three year old son ran it in 2 duckies, one was a hardshell 2-person duckie and we didn't have any problems. My hardshell boat nearly swamped one time, but it wasn't a big deal as there are long stretches of flat water right after any rapids. This past weekend was not that crowded at all...i think 9 groups put on thursday with us.

This section dosen't run that often so get on it NOW!
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Any thoughts on the Delta - Whitewater section of the Gunnison?
Water is way up at the moment - you could do that in a day!

But seriously, this isn't wilderness by any stretch. Good camping at the mouth of Dominguez and fine hiking but not much else for camping / side hiking. Haven't done Delta -> Escalante but it's all flat below except one irrigation diversion about 6 miles down from Escalante (avoid on the left) and a small rapid at Dominguez. Canyon is sort of pretty in places but really pretty desolate most of the time. And you have the train traffic coming through fairly often.

On the Dolores, the canyon above Gateway is very nice in terms of scenery and has a number of nice II rapids but you're definitely encroached by the road and other development. There might be good camping but I have no idea where. There's a bunch of campsites on the side with the road but these are sure to be full.
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Thanks for the tips - looks like we're going to be joining the Slick Rock to Bedrock stampede...
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This past weekend was not that crowded at all...i think 9 groups put on thursday with us.

This section dosen't run that often so get on it NOW![/QUOTE]

9 groups launched on a thursday, and you think the weekend wouldn't have been an absolute zoo?
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