Colorado - 05. Burns to Dotsero

Colorado, Colorado, US


05. Burns to Dotsero (Burns Canyon)

Usual Difficulty II(III) (for normal flows)
Length 35 Miles
Max Gradient 15 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-09060799 800 - 8800 cfs II(III) 57d21h23m 502 cfs (too low)

River Description

Usually associated with optimal Burns hole levels, this run is likely a park and play for most kayakers. This feature is not worth a big drive, rather, if you are en-route to other nearby attractions, Burns could dial in a session.

Scene of a few rodeos and epic beat downs, Burns has potential for good surf, and is otherwise a Class II section of the Colorado River.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2015-03-09 16:08:58


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Burns holeN/APlayspot

Rapid Descriptions

Burns hole (Class N/A)

This feature creates a thrashy hole at medium flows

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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
  • Upper Colorado River (CO)
    American Whitewater is working with various stakeholders to develop a resource management plan for the BLM, as an alternative to "Wild and Scenic River" management.