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
Dolores River At Bedrock
USGS 09169500
92 cfs 1.9 ft
San Miguel River At Brooks Bridge Near Nucla Co
USGS 09174600
185 cfs 2.4 ft
Colorado River Near Colorado-Utah State Line
USGS 09163500
3,980 cfs 4.0 ft
Mill Creek Below Sheley Tunnel
USGS 09183600
3 cfs 1.4 ft
South Creek Above Reservoir Near Monticello
USGS 09378170
0 cfs 0.3 ft
Castle Creek Below Castle Valley Near Moab
USGS 09182400
4 cfs 5.8 ft
Dolores River At Dolores
USGS 09166500
242 cfs 2.9 ft
Colo River Blw Grd Valley Div Nr Palisade Co
USGS 09106150
903 cfs 3.8 ft
Colorado River Near Cisco
USGS 09180500
4,080 cfs 2.9 ft
Plateau Creek Near Cameo
USGS 09105000
45 cfs 2.2 ft
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