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Old 05-23-2016   #1
 
Woodland Park, Colorado
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High water Ruby Horsethief Camping

I am taking a small group of newbies down in 2 days and flows are way up. Wanted to see if anyone had input on campsites. right now I have Cottonwood 4 and BR 7. Are either of these tough landings or buggy? Any preferences for campsites at high water?

I helped a group 2 years ago that weren't able to stick the landing in Black Rocks but is has been awhile since I have been on at these flows. Thanks for the input.

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Old 05-23-2016   #2
 
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I'd be interested in any info on Salt Creek and Black Rocks 3 as well.
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Old 05-24-2016   #3
 
Grand Junction, Colorado
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Pay attention at Cottonwood, the eddies get really small in high water and there is a chance it will be buggy. I have not noticed to many bugs yet but we are getting close to that time of year. The eddy line at BR 7 can be strong so set up early and paddle hard.

Depending on which Salt Creek you have, Salt 2 can be harder to land in high water and be careful pulling back out as there is a pile up of branches, trees etc you need to get around before starting down river. BR 3 usually has a good eddy but some of the beach will disappear so you may have to camp higher on the bank.
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Old 05-24-2016   #4
 
durango, Colorado
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How is rattlesnake going to be for pulling in? I googled it and there seems to big a big rock we might be able to get behind to land on Saturday. Our group is going for the arches then on down to BR 9. Appreciate the thoughts
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Old 05-24-2016   #5
 
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Rattlesnake does indeed have a big rock that creates a nice eddy you should be fine in that site, the eddy is deep. BR 9 also has a nice eddy that shouldn't be a problem getting in to.
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Old 05-24-2016   #6
 
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Thanks for the beta. Looking forward to an awesome trips with the kiddos.
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Old 05-24-2016   #7
 
Woodland Park, Colorado
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Thanks for the info. Is Cottonwood 4 the one that has the large tree(s) that can be roped off on? I'm trying to decide if well need extra sand stakes. Thanks.
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Old 05-24-2016   #8
 
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Just got off yesterday, cotton wood camps can still use camp markers as tie offs, we still used sand stakes. Cotton wood 4 is the camp with the one lone tree about 100 ft from the river backed up by many other trees, still nice thou. Salt creek 1 looked like a bad landing, 2 looked nice. we camped at black rocks 4, no problem getting in, 5 will probably be some work(I always prefer 4 or 5). Blk rk 3 is kinda all by its lonesome, very little trees and rocks, I've never camped there but id say bring shade and yes there is a eddy there and very nice.
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We're heading down this weekend as well. CW 1 Saturday night, BR 4 Sunday and Monday nights. We prefer BR 4, so glad to hear the eddy isn't washed out.
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Old 05-25-2016   #10
 
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Any word on the Fault Line camps?
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