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Old 07-20-2009   #1
 
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gentle water for multiday trip? NM, CO, UT

I'm not a whitewater guy but I'm looking for a destination for a multiday float - class II would be ideal. We're shooting for 3-4 days, looking in southern CO, northern NM, SE Utah. Timeframe is September.

Any advice is appreciated!

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Can't beat the San Juan if flows are above 800-1000. About 5 hours from Albuque. Sand Island to Mex hat is lovely. Stage out of Recapture lodge in BLuff. Slow floating, hikes, warmer water. Fairly isolated floating, needs permit from BLM in Monticello.
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Ditto on the Sand Island - MexHat section. Easy and pretty.
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Awesome, I'm looking into it, thank you both.

Anyone know of something in CO that might fit the bill as well?
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You could do the Upper Colorado from Rancho to Dotsero, multi-day with a couple smallish rapids in there. I think the Burns hole is the only real rapid, haven't tried it yet but plan on a trip or two in Aug/Sept. this year.
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Thanks Jensduckie
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I'm not a whitewater guy but I'm looking for a destination for a multiday float - class II would be ideal. We're shooting for 3-4 days, looking in southern CO, northern NM, SE Utah. Timeframe is September.

Any advice is appreciated!

It is getting kinda low everywhere in this area that time of year but here are some options.

1. Colorado from moab down to spanish bottom 50 miles of pretty flat water - requires taking a jet boat back out - about 100$ per person

2. Green down to the confluence of the colorado - requires the same jet boat ride - about 50 miles I think but I havent done it -

3. the San Juan is great. bluff to mexican hat ( 30 plus miles) or mexican hat to clay hills crossing (50 plus miles) but both require a permit by lottery until november 1 - after november 1 you can get a permit at the blm office in montecello - water level might be too low then

4. ruby horse thief canyon (25 miles) on the colorado
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