Upper Colorado River Recreation Management Area

Quick Facts

Upper Colorado River Recreation Management Area


(970) 876-9000

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Things To Do


This 80-mile route follows the Colorado River from its headwaters to State Bridge. There are many popular activities in the Recreation Management Area for visitors to enjoy such as rugged hiking, backcountry camping, and fishing on one of the many public lakes and rivers. In addition, whitewater rafting is a very popular activity on the river and there are outfitters available to take visitors on a trip down the river. Visitors also have the opportunity to visit the historic village of Grand Lake, learn about early family life in Grand County, or stop at Inspiration Point overlook to view the Gore Canyon.

Map of Upper Colorado River Rec. Management Area

Latitude, Longitude: 39.482845, -107.918701



  • Boating

    Whitewater rafiting and kayaking are very popular activities along the 80-mile stretch of river.

  • Bicycling

    There are many excitng and fun trails and areas open to mountain biking in the area.

  • Camping

    The BLM runs numerous campsites that are developed and have ammenities such as fire pits and toilets. There are also many undeveloped campsites in more remote areas.

  • Fishing

    Public fishing opportunities exist on several streams, rivers, and lakes in the area managed by the Colorado River Valley Field Office. Three major rivers flow through this area including: the Colorado, Roaring Fork, and Eagle Rivers. The Colorado River offers over 25 miles of public fishing, mostly on the stretch of river from Dotsero to State Bridge. In addition, the BLM manages 6.7 miles along the Eagle River between Squaw Creek (near Edwards) and its confluence with the Colorado River at Dotsero. Public lands along the Eagle River are open for fishing and there are several access points located along Highway 6. In addition to the major rivers, numerous tributaries provide public fishing opportunities.

  • Hiking

    There are a wide variety of trails available for day hikes and more rugged backpacking trips into the backcountry.

  • Horseback Riding

    Horseback riding is available at Keyeser Creek, Winter Ridge, and King Mountain.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is allowed in the Recreation Area. For specific information consult the Colorado Divison of Wildlife.


The river is accessible year-round.



From Glenwood Springs, travel on I-70 to the Dotsero exit and head north along the river. The road eventually connects with State Highway 131, which can be taken back to the I-70 at Wolcott and back to Glenwood Springs

Phone Numbers


(970) 876-9000