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San Miguel River Rafting & Kayaking


The San Miguel River is located in southwest Colorado, located just 15 minutes from Telluride. The natural flood cycles and very little development has kept this river in pristine condition, with very little change as to how it would have looked before people settled the area. The river flows through an alpine environment, under the shadow of 14,000-foot Mount Wilson in the San Juan Mountains before traversing the 80 miles north to the desert environment near Dolores, Colorado. The river flows through forested sandstone canyons and granite passages. For 5 miles, the river runs though a 5 mile secluded canyon, perfect for solitude and peace.

Blue rafts in the San Miguel River Colorado Vacation Directory
Rafting the San Miguel River is a Great Experience for the Entire Family
The San Juan River connects to the Dolores River above the Hanging Flume, Photo by Jerrod Fast
Over looking the San Miguel River and Dolores River Near the Hanging Flume


The San Miguel River is perfect for an adventurous family rafting trip. The river winds in and out of Class II-III rapids at an average gradient of 50 feet per mile. The constant drops and boulder gardens create excitement without a lot of technical difficulty. The best time to raft this river is during June and July.

The International Rapid Rating Scale:

  • Class I: Easy. Fast moving water with riffles, small waves.
  • Class II: Novice. Straightforward rapids, wide, clear channels.
  • Class III: Intermediate. Rapids, moderate, irregular waves.
  • Class IV: Advanced. Intense, powerful rapids, precise boat handling.
  • Class V: Expert. Long, obstructed, violent rapids.

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Town of Naturita - A Vacation Destination to Nature  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page New Colorado vacation business
Big Things Happen in "Little Nature" Buckeye Recreation Reservoir, San Miguel River, Unaweep Tabeguache Scenic Byway, wildlife & bird watch, ancient petroglyphs, hunt, fish, ATV, dirt bike, or hike.

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Naturita & Norwood Area, Colorado includes: Nucla, Norwood

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