Piedra - 03. Lower Piedra CG to Navajo Reservoir

Piedra, Colorado, US


03. Lower Piedra CG to Navajo Reservoir

Usual Difficulty II-III (for normal flows)
Length 18.2 Miles
Avg. Gradient 27 fpm
Max Gradient 53 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-09349800 400 - 4000 cfs II-III 00h25m 60.7 cfs (too low)

River Description

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. 

Other Information Sources:
San Juan National Forest
Navajo State Park

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2014-05-29 05:53:18


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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May 27 2014 (1369 days ago)
Gary SkibaDetails
Title should be changed to "Lower Piedra CG to Navajo Reservoir" (replace the word "Reservation"
with "Reservoir". While the San Juan does eventually get to the Navajo Reservation, this piece

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