I am looking for partners for the Rio Grande Ute Mountain Segment described below, March is probably the best option as it is closed from April 1st to May 31st, flows may not be adequate after this due to the irrigation season. This section is seldom run due to access at the take-out which won’t be a problem with packrafts. I hear the fishing is really good along this segment as well. We can do it as a day trip or an overnighter.
Rating: Class II
Mileage: 24 miles
Gradient: 5 feet/mile average
Land Status: BLM
Designated Launch/Takeout Sites:
Lobatos Bridge near Labotos Colorado
Lee Trail (take-out)
Although this is a Class II segment, erratic winds can make this a very difficult and unpredictable trip. There are very few opportunities for camping, unless you are inclined to climb the steep canyon walls to camp on the rim. In addition, all boating gear must be carried out on a 1/4 mile steep, primitive trail at the takeout. No boating may occur during the months of April and May for protection of wildlife species during the critical breeding period. Recommended minimum flows of 300 cfs.
Private Boaters: Please call for reservations, only one launch per day is permitted, register each trip at self-serve permit boxes.