Upper Colorado River Recreation Area

Bureau of Land Management, Colorado.

The Upper Colorado River Recreation Area spans a unique and beautiful landscape, known for its diverse water features, abundant wildlife, and cultural landscapes along the Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway.

Notable segments of the Upper Colorado River include Parshall to Blue River, Gore Canyon, Pumphouse to State Bridge, and State Bridge to Dotsero. The most popular of these segments, Pumphouse to State Bridge, offers camping facilities at Pumphouse and Radium recreation sites. The area combines placid boating waters through pastoral heritage ranchlands with more challenging Class II and III rapids in the intervening canyons.

Extreme Class IV and V whitewater rafting and kayaking exist in Gore Canyon (not recommended without a commercial outfitter). The Pumphouse Recreation Site also offers the Gore Canyon Whitewater Park with large boulders placed on the bed of the river create waves and whitewater for kayakers, stand-up paddle boarders and other whitewater enthusiasts. For more information, please contact the Colorado River Valley or the Kremmling Field Office.


Day use fee:
$5/vehicle per day at Pumphouse, Radium, and Two Bridges;
- Free day use with Federal Lands Recreation Passes;
- State Parks passes are not accepted

Campsite (one vehicle included with camping fees):
- $10 /night per site at Pumphouse;
- $6/night per site at Radium
- $30/night for group campsites (maximum of 30 people), reservations through Kremmling Field Office at 970-724-3027

1/2 price camping with Golden Age, Golden Access Passport or America the Beautiful Senior or Access Passes

Nearby Activities


The Upper Colorado River has access points at various locations along US-40 between Hot Sulphur Springs and Dotsero.

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