Rancho Del Rio on the Colorado River


General Questions Fly Fishing
Whitewater Rafting  

General Questions

How's the weather?


Monthly Averages for Bond, CO

Month Avg High Avg Low Mean Avg Precip Record High Record Low
January 35F 6F 20F 0.75 in. 58F (1971) -51F (1963)
February 42F 12F 27F 0.61 in. 65F (1986) -46F (1951)
March 51F 22F 36F 0.80 in. 73F (1986) -20F (1952)
April 59F 27F 43F 0.79 in. 82F (1992) -8F (1973)
May 70F 35F 52F 0.92 in. 90F (1956) 12F (1972)
June 81F 41F 61F 0.84 in. 100F (1990) 23F (1954)
July 86F 47F 67F 1.44 in. 99F (1998) 29F (1968)
August 84F 46F 65F 0.93 in. 96F (1981) 27F (1992)
September 76F 38F 57F 1.08 in. 93F (1990) 16F (1983)
October 63F 27F 45F 1.09 in. 84F (1992) 2F (1975)
November 46F 18F 32F 0.67 in. 69F (1980) -29F (1952)
December 35F 7F 21F 0.80 in. 61F (1980) -33F (1962)

Where can I get real-time streamflow information?

Real-time streamflow data is available for the Colorado River near Kremmling, CO. from USGS Water Resources.

Where can I find a good topo map of the area?
TopoZone has USGS topographic maps available.


Whitewater Rafting

How do I book a guided rafting trip?
To book any of the guided trips that you see on our website, just contact The Colorado River Center.  We will be more than happy to answer any of your questions and schedule your trip.

What should I bring on rafting trips?
We provide the safest equipment, the most experienced and qualified guides, and the nicest stretches of river.  
Here's a list of items to remember to bring:

  1. SUN GLASSES, preferably with croakies or some means of securing them from falling.
  2. SUN SCREEN and BRIMMED HAT. (Baseball caps are OK)
  3. T-SHIRTS and SHORTS or FAST DRYING PANTS. Swim suits are fine. You can count on getting wet. We have found that cotton, particularly blue jeans, remain wet and uncomfortable.
  4. TEVAS, SANDALS, or OLD TENNIS SHOES. You will be walking on the river banks and foot protection is necessary. Should you choose to swim or wade, the river bottom can have unseen rocks or sticks.
  5. SWEATER and LIGHT WATER RESISTANT JACKET. (Synthetic, fleece and wool materials generally provide warmth even when wet) Afternoon showers are common and temperatures can vary throughout the day. Our guides will provide you with rain wear as well as dry storage bags if needed.
  8. WATER BOTTLE. You may wish to fill it with lemonade or your own personal water supply.
  9. WATERPROOF CAMERA.  You'll be rafting through some of the most beautiful country in the state of Colorado.  You may also have the opportunity to photograph wildlife including muledeer, elk and eagles.
  10. You may put your wallets and other valuables in one of our dry bags on the raft if you wish. Try to bring as few valuables as possible for we cannot be responsible for them.

Do I need special equipment?
We provide state of the art equipment including wetsuits, booties, life jackets and splash jackets. Helmets are provided for class III - V trips. All you need is a bathing suit. On cooler days you may want to bring a synthetic underwear top to be worn under your splash jacket. Sunscreen is a great idea!

How many people in the raft?
Varies by trip. The more difficult trips use smaller rafts...less people. The easier trips can accommodate up to 10 in a raft.

Do I have to paddle?
No, we offer oar boats (the guide rows) on our easier trips!

How do we get to the river?
If booking a guided trip and you're not staying at Rancho, we can arrange to meet you at a convenient location and return you at the conclusion of the trip.

Rancho Del Rio is located on the Upper Colorado River along the Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway between Bond and Kremmling, and only 4 miles from CO-131 at State Bridge.  (see road map for directions)

What do the whitewater ratings mean?
The standard whitewater classification system, used worldwide, measures the level of difficulty of rivers.

Class I: Easy 
The easiest class features fast-moving water that has riffles and small waves. What obstructions exist are obvious and easily missed, even by novices. Risk to swimmers is slight and self-rescue is easy.

Class II: Novice 
This water features straightforward rapids with wide, clear channels. Occasional maneuvering may be required, but trained paddlers can easily avoid rocks and medium-size waves.

Class III: Intermediate 
Class III water has rapids with moderate, irregular waves that may be difficult to avoid.. Boaters may need to perform complex maneuvers in fast current and have good boat control for tight passages and strong eddies, particularly on large-volume rivers.

Class IV:  Advanced 
This is turbulent water with intense, powerful yet predictable rapids. Depending on the character of the river, a paddler may face unavoidable waves and holes or constricted passages. A confident, reliable eddy turn may be needed to initiate maneuvers, scout rapids or rest. Rapids may require immediate responses and sure moves to avoid dangerous hazards.

Class V:  Expert 
This class features extremely long, obstructed or violent rapids that expose a paddler to above-average danger. Drops may contain large, unavoidable waves and holes or steep, congested chutes with complex, demanding routes. Rapids may continue for long distances between pools, demanding a high level of fitness and stamina. Eddies, if any, may be small, turbulent, or difficult to reach. At the extreme end of Class V, several of these factors may be combined.

Fly Fishing

Does Rancho offer guided fly fishing trips?
Rancho can hook you up with the very best licensed outfitters in the area. These guys know the river extremely well and their local knowledge is invaluable.  For more information about booking a trip go to our Fly Fishing page.

How big are the trout?
The Upper Colorado River is a premier freestone fishery and is known as one of the state's best, containing large numbers of trout.  The predominant species in this section of the river are Rainbows, which spawn in the Spring and Browns which spawn in the Fall.  The trout will average around 13-15 inches, but 16-20 inch fish are abundant - and some are even larger!  Cutthroat and Brook Trout are closer to the headwaters.

What kind of flies should I bring?
There are several hatches, mainly mayflies, caddis and stoneflies.  The salmon fly hatch can be quite heavy from mid-May through mid-July and offers a good opportunity for larger fish.  Here's a chart to help you "match the hatch."











Imitating Patterns


 Blue Winged Olives


 DRIES: BWO's, Parachute BWO's, Parachute Adams
 NYMPHS: Pheasant Tails, Hares Ears, BWO Emergers
 Pale Morning Duns


 DRIES: PMD's, Parachute PMD's, Light Cahill.  
 NYMPHS: Pheasant Tails, Bead Heads, Hares Ears, PMD Emergers
 Red Quills


 DRIES: Red Quills
 NYMPHS: Pheasant Tails, Hares Ears




 DRIES: Elk Hair Caddis
 NYMPHS: Caddis Larve, Soft Hackle Emerger




 DRIES: Sofa Pillows, Large Stimulators 
 NYMPHS: Large Salmon Fly Nymphs (6-10)




 DRIES: Griffiths Gnats, Double Midges, Fuzzballs
 NYMPHS: Brassies, Disco Midges, Crippled Midges
 Ants All Sizes  Black Ants, CDC Ants
 Beetles & Crickets All Sizes  Deer Hair Beetles, Dave's Crickets
 Grasshoppers All Sizes  Dave's Hopper, Parachute Hopper, Foam Hopper
 Minnows/Leeches All Sizes  Wooly Bugger, Muddler Minnows, Leeches, Streamers

What are the current fishing conditions?
You can get the current fishing conditions for this region from the Colorado Division of Wildlife's Fishing Report.

Do I need a Colorado fishing license?
Yes, state law requires a valid Colorado fishing license. 
You don't necessarily need to buy a season permit, however - Residents and Nonresidents may purchase 1 or 5 -day licenses.
For a complete list of license fees and fishing regulations, check the Colorado Fishing Brochure.

Where Can I learn more about fishing in Colorado?
Visit the Colorado Division of Wildlife - Fishing Home page for more information.

Rancho Del Rio
4199 Trough Road
Bond, CO  80423
ph: 970-653-4431
website: www.ranchodelrio.com
email: info@ranchodelrio.com