Paradox And Mesa Canyon (Bedrock To Gateway)


This 2 to 3 day stretch of the Dolores is a nice family scenic float (when the water is running).  Paradox and Mesa canyons offer a nice wilderness experience and several camps. From Bedrock until you reach Paradox Canyon there is mostly flatwater.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Dolores River are between a bare minimum of 500cfs and a high of 4,500cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 09180000, the Dolores River Near Cisco Remember only watercraft are permitted at Paradox and Mesa Canyon (Bedrock to Gateway).

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Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
South Creek Above Reservoir Near Monticello
USGS 09378170
2 cfs 0.5 ft
Dolores River Near Bedrock
USGS 09171100
30 cfs 2.3 ft
Dolores River At Dolores
USGS 09166500
1,690 cfs 4.8 ft
Dolores River At Bedrock
USGS 09169500
24 cfs 0.8 ft
Dolores River Near Cisco
USGS 09180000
588 cfs 8.1 ft
San Miguel River At Uravan
USGS 09177000
534 cfs 4.1 ft
Colorado River Near Cisco
USGS 09180500
10,900 cfs 5.4 ft
Colorado River Near Cameo
USGS 09095500
7,660 cfs 7.0 ft
Gunnison River Near Grand Junction
USGS 09152500
3,940 cfs 5.2 ft
Mill Creek At Sheley Tunnel
USGS 09183500
25 cfs 3.5 ft
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