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Old 02-08-2008   #1
 
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Question about flatwater trips

I am new to the river scene but I have been lurking on here for a few weeks. We did a trip last spring on the Green River through Labyrinth and Stillwater canyons in 17' aluminum canoes, and we had a blast. I am wondering if anyone could recommend another trip that we could go for a few days on mostly flat water. I will probably have access to a raft or cataraft (probably 14' or 16") but we are fairly inexperienced boaters and would like to stay class 1 or 2. Thanks in advance for any input or advice. We live in Colorado but are willing to travel.

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Old 02-08-2008   #2
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Ruby Horsethief (Loma to Westwater).

class II, 25 miles, no permit, runs most of the year.
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Or check out the White river below Rangely in May or June - bugs can be pretty bad after Memorial Day though. It's not completely flat, but there isn't anything more than a II.
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You've also got Cisco to Moab on the Colorado. I did it high (about 20G) and remember a couple class III wavetrains being the top difficulty.

There're a few stretches on the Dolores that could be linked around the Gateway area. The Dolores rarely has much water but word is these floats don't need more than the base flow.

If it's got water, you could also do the Gila in Arizona/New Mexico.

What time of year are you looking at? Any other things you want or want to avoid?

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Green River below Flaming Gorge dam. Easy class II and some of the best fishing in the US. The place is beautiful and has everything including a couple of shuttle services at the dam.
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A little love for the San Juan

San Juan River. Sand Island to Mexican Hat, or Mex Hat to Clay Hills, or Sand Island to Clay Hills. Class II. Gorgeous scenery. Amazing hikes (Mendenhal, Honaker, Slickhorn, Grand Gulch)... those are all below Mexican Hat. One of my favorite stretches of river.
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And pick up some trash while you're there. It'll make our annual trash float easier next year.
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San Juan River. Sand Island to Mexican Hat, or Mex Hat to Clay Hills, or Sand Island to Clay Hills. Class II. Gorgeous scenery. Amazing hikes (Mendenhal, Honaker, Slickhorn, Grand Gulch)... those are all below Mexican Hat. One of my favorite stretches of river.
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I need to make sure I get down there this year on a private. I haven't even thought about getting my own permit... but seriously, when is this trash float? I'd be there in a second.

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And pick up some trash while you're there. It'll make our annual trash float easier next year.
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thanks for all the responses, I would like to go between May 1-15. I know May weather is unpredictable, but that is when I have time off. I am going to do some reading about the San Juan. Any suggestions?
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Count,

Cisco to Moab sounds very cool as well, is there much boat traffic? How long does that take?
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