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
3 cfs 1.4 ft
Dolores River Near Bedrock
USGS 09171100
21 cfs 2.2 ft
Colo River Blw Grd Valley Div Nr Palisade Co
USGS 09106150
504 cfs 3.4 ft
Dolores River Near Cisco
USGS 09180000
107 cfs 7.1 ft
Mill Creek At Sheley Tunnel
USGS 09183500
8 cfs 3.3 ft
San Miguel River At Brooks Bridge Near Nucla Co
USGS 09174600
26 cfs 1.6 ft
Colorado River Near Cameo
USGS 09095500
2,030 cfs 4.1 ft
Colorado River Near Colorado-Utah State Line
USGS 09163500
2,650 cfs 3.2 ft
Dolores River Near Slick Rock
USGS 09168730
17 cfs 3.5 ft
Plateau Creek Near Cameo
USGS 09105000
27 cfs 2.0 ft
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