Piedra River Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"The Piedra River drains the south side of the Weminuche Wilderness in the San Juan Range and has cut a spectacular 20-mile canyon through the mountains as it winds its way to the rolling hills and mesas of the Southern Ute Reservation. Be prepared for a strenuous hike, as the main river can only be accessed by vehicle at two points in its entire reach.
Due to the extreme terrain, the lower 10-mile section of river is virtually inaccessible during high water. The upper section, however, has a trail well above the river and offers river access all summerlong. Even so, mid- to late June is about the earliest the river can be fished due to runoff. The fish range up to 16 inches. Hatches begin with stoneflies, salmonflies, and caddis flies at the end of runoff, with mayflies beginning a couple of weeks later, followed by terrestrials—all in a season just two and a half months long. Along with the varied structure of the river, this makes for an anything-goes approach."