Piedra, Colorado, US
|Usual Difficulty||II-III (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||27 fpm|
|Max Gradient||53 fpm|
|PIEDRA RIVER NEAR ARBOLES, CO.|
|usgs-09349800||400 - 4000 cfs||II-III||01h06m||52.3 cfs (too low)|
Within a mile of the Piedra Campground, the river canyon starts opening up. The valley gets wider and the river meanders more the further it goes. Most of the rapids are in the first few miles, but it looks like there can be waves and riffles here and there most of the way to the reservoir and even into the reservoir when it is low.
Getting There: This section of the Piedra is just north of the Colorado- New Mexico border and is about 50 minutes east of Durango Colorado.
The put in elevation is about 6590 feet and the take out is about 6096 feet, for a total drop of 494 feet over 18 miles.