Colorado - 16. Cisco (Rose Ranch) to Moab

Colorado, Utah, US


16. Cisco (Rose Ranch) to Moab (Professor Valley)

Usual Difficulty I-III (for normal flows)
Length 47 Miles
Avg. Gradient 5 fpm


Photo by Tom O'Keefe taken 04/30/96

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-09180500 2000 - 15000 cfs I-III 00h27m 2580 cfs (running)

River Description

Colorado River through the Professor Valley can begin at the take-out for the popular Westwater Canyon run. The first 24 miles to Hittle Bottom are a mellow Class I float. Some come specifically for this sections while many bypass it by putting in at Hittle Bottom or Dewey Bridge at the Dolores confluence. For those who paddle this first section the absense of others and the presence of wildlife is notable from upstream or downstream.

While there's not any real action, a few whitewater rapids (class II/III), do break up the scenic float once you enter the Professor Valley past Hittle Bottom.
This 18 mile stretch in the middle of the run makes a good overnight trip.
It IS popular so don't expect to have the river to yourself and camping is restricted to designated sites with roadside ranger enforcement.

Boaters can continue their trip downstream to Cataract Canyon (Permit required past the Green River confluence) or take advantage of boating opportunities on the upstream sections of the Colorado or Dolores which come together just downstream of the Rose Ranch put-in:

Other Reaches of the Colorado River:
01. Hot Sulphur Springs to Hwy 40 bridge (Byers Canyon) (CO, IV)
02. Gore Canyon (CO, IV-V)
03. Pumphouse campground to Rancho Del Rio (Pumphouse) (CO, III)
04. Hanging Lake Exit 125 (I-70) to Shoshone Power Plant Exit 123 (I-70) (Barrel Springs) (CO, IV-V [V+])
05. Shoshone Power Plant, Exit 123 (I-70) to Grizzly Creek, Exit 121 (I-70) (Shoshone) (CO, III-IV)
06. Cameo Dam (Big Sur / Lucky 7) (CO, III)
07. Loma to Westwater (Ruby / Horsethief Canyons) (CO-UT, II)
08. Westwater to Rose Ranch (Westwater Canyon) (UT, I-IV)
09. Cisco (Rose Ranch) to Moab (Professor Valley) (UT, I-III)
10. Moab to Powell Reservoir (Cataract Canyon) (UT, I-IV)
11. Lees Ferry to Lake Mead (Grand Canyon) (AZ, I-V)
12. Black Canyon (AZ-NV, I)


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2017-03-20 17:44:19


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Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
15.8Dewey Bridge access areaN/AAccess
22.1Hittle Bottoms access areaN/AAccess
29.0Ida Gulch access areaN/AAccess

Rapid Descriptions

Dewey Bridge access area (Class N/A, Mile 15.8)

There is a large boat ramp on river left, downstream of the bridge.

User Comments

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November 25 2016 (723 days ago)
Kirsten FrickleDetails
ran this 11/23/16 at ~3500cfs in a paddlecat from lower onion creek to takeout beach, took about 3
1/2 hours for this 11 mile stretch. mostly flat water, a few riffles and small wave trains, looks
like one hole to avoid at higher water. a nice scenic float trip, saw a bald eagle and great blue
heron, but no other people on the river.
May 22 2013 (2006 days ago)
COEngineer (154541)
There is a large ramp/takeout here: 38.661755,-109.500685 called "Takeout Beach." It is a good spot
to get out before the slack water above Moab. There is a good put-in/takeout here:
38.695257,-109.409914 just above Rocky Rapids.

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