San Miguel River Rafting
San Miguel River Rafting at a Glance
Price: $
River Rapid Class: II-III
Trip in Miles: 7 to 14 miles
Trip Duration: 0.5 to 1 day
Season: May-July
Raft Types: Paddle Raft, Oar Raft
River Sections: Placerville to Naturita Power Plant
Nearby Towns: Telluride
Gateway City: Telluride
Driving Times: Grand Junction: 3 hours

Flowing out of the San Juan Mountains in southwest Colorado, the San Miguel’s scenic makeup shifts dramatically from high alpine terrain near the resort town of Telluride to desert flora and fauna where it eventually meets the Dolores some 70 miles to its northwest. The most popular section to raft is a seven- to 14-mile stretch below Placerville (25 miles northwest of Telluride), offering a steady diet of Class II-III action that’s ideal for families and beginners. The scenery here’s outstanding, as are your chances of spotting critters like eagles, hawks, elk, and perhaps even bears.

Published: 4 May 2011 | Last Updated: 25 Aug 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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