BEDROCK TO DEWEY
Bedrock to Gateway marks the third section of the Dolores River, traveling 44 miles through Paradox Valley, Paradox Canyon and Mesa Canyon. The scenery in this section is breathtaking as it the river meanders through scenic river canyons all the way to Gateway after a few miles passing across the Paradox Valley where the river cuts across rather than through the Paradox Valley. This section holds class II – III rapids and good camping opportunities.
The San Miguel River enters the Dolores along this stretch adding a good flow to the river in the spring. Gateway to Dewey Bridge is the last section of the Dolores River. This 30 mile stretch through Gateway Canyon allows for relaxing floating before some class II - III drops warm up rafters for Stateline Rapid as the river crosses into Utah. Stateline is a class IV rapid with a dangerous diversion dam on river right and multiple channels of turbulent whitewater action.
Scouting from river right is recommended and those wanting to avoid the action can walk the rapid if needed and get picked up downstream. After Stateline, a few more rapids wind down the trip before a lazy float to the confluence with the Colorado and a few more miles to Dewey Bridge. A call in permit is required from the BLM to float the river through Utah.