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
Mill Creek Below Sheley Tunnel
USGS 09183600
4 cfs 1.4 ft
San Miguel River At Brooks Bridge Near Nucla Co
USGS 09174600
203 cfs 2.5 ft
Dolores River Near Slick Rock
USGS 09168730
27 cfs 3.8 ft
Colorado River Near Cisco
USGS 09180500
2,580 cfs 2.2 ft
Dolores River Near Cisco
USGS 09180000
289 cfs 7.5 ft
Colo River Blw Grd Valley Div Nr Palisade Co
USGS 09106150
547 cfs 3.4 ft
Lost Canyon Creek Near Dolores
USGS 09166950
0 cfs 2.1 ft
Plateau Creek Near Cameo
USGS 09105000
58 cfs 2.3 ft
Dolores River At Bedrock
USGS 09169500
33 cfs 1.0 ft
South Creek Above Reservoir Near Monticello
USGS 09378170
0 cfs 0.2 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Buckboard Flat
SNOTEL 1153
23" -2"
Lasal Mountain
SNOTEL 572
16" -2"
Lasal Mountain-Lower
SNOTEL 1215
1" -2"
East Willow Creek
SNOTEL 461
15" -1"
Camp Jackson
SNOTEL 383
11" -2"
Columbine Pass
SNOTEL 409
18" -1"