Colorado - 13. Grand Junction Town

Colorado, Colorado, US


13. Grand Junction Town (Junk Show)

Usual Difficulty I (for normal flows)
Length 30.56 Miles
Avg. Gradient 8 fpm

just before 29rd bridge right channel!

just before 29rd bridge right channel!
Photo by Me taken 11/21/11

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-09163500 1000 - 20000 cfs I 00h31m 2220 cfs (running)

River Description

The Colorado River through Grand Junction is mostly flat. There is is a significant rapid with waves just upstream of the 29 Road bridge.

Put in:  RiverBend Park in Palisade is just downstream of some diversion structures across the river.  Elevation is 4688 feet. There are other put in options at several public parks along the river. 

Take out: I-70 just west of Fruita, take exit 15 to Road 139 south. Turn left on Kokopelli Trail and follow it around towards the river.  The road turns to gravel about 300 or 400 yards before reaching the river.  Just past a dirt parking area, turn left down to a primitive boat ramp.

There are a number of public parks and access points along the river, allowing a variety of shorter trips.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2015-02-09 23:00:12


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
9.929th Street RapidsIPlayspot Photo

Rapid Descriptions

29th Street Rapids (Class I, Mile 9.9)

just before 29rd bridge right channel!

just before 29rd bridge right channel!
Photo by Me taken 11/21/11

Rapids are in the river right channel just upstream of the bridge.  

User Comments

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November 21 2011 (2619 days ago)
Flipper42 (153698)
29 rd is the main attraction on this run atm check it out!
November 21 2011 (2619 days ago)
Flipper42 (153698)
11/21/11 Ran the town run last friday current is steady and 29 road rapids are still surfable still
a lazy river but its close to us!

Associated Projects

  • Basin Non-Consumptive Needs Assesments (CO)
    AW is working to define stream-flows that meet recreational boating needs across Colorado. In both the Colorado and Yampa River Basin's, AW has helped develop baseline data for whitewater recreation
  • Colorado River Basin Supply Study
    American Whitewater's staff and contractors are working to develop quantitative metrics that help the US Bureau of Reclamation evaluate impacts to recreational stream-flows across the Colorado basin.