Colorado River - Burns to Dotsero



PLEASE READ: the flow for this strech is incorrect. The gauge used is just downstream from Dotsero where the confluence with the Eagle River is. So the flow on the strech from Burns to Dotsero is not what is shown here. Unfortunately I don't know how to edit the gauge, maybe someone else can do this.

From Burns to I-70 there is really only one significant rapid (Burns Hole / Rodeo Rapid).  The rest of the float is easy scenic Class I water at most water levels with a few Class II+ sections at above-average levels.  Many access spots here allow for lots of day trip options.  Camps and lunch areas are available here for those coming down from higher up the river.

Rodeo Rapid at low water levels is almost unrunnable due to the rocky nature of the rapid.  At flows below or around 1000 you may have to portage or walk around this rapid.  Scouting is recommended.


Class I to IV
Current Flow 7360.0 CFS
06-22-2024 11:00

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Recommended Flow Minimum: 500.0
Average: 2000.0
Maximum: 6000.0
Typical Season Begins: April
Ends: October
Recommended Use Kayaking: Yes
Rafting: Yes
Canoeing: Yes
SUP: Yes
Packrafting: Yes
Fishing: Yes
Length 29.0 Mile(s)
Gradient 15.0 FPM