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Colorado River Bend Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

Dotsero, Colorado, USA

4 Anglers Maximum

Fishing per day: starting at $125 per guest

Camping per day: starting at $50 per guest

Access 1 mile of the Colorado River on a very secluded family ranch. Fish size averages 10-16″ with the occasional 18″ or larger trout. The lucky angler will hook up with the elusive Colorado River cutthroat!! Your views will include a cliffside with Gordon the Golden Eagle cruising around looking for lunch. There are two islands on the downstream side of the property that in low waters, are accessible. Getting down to the lower section of the river is steep. We recommend younger anglers and people with mobility issues stay on the upper section of the property. Camping is available.

Although we typically get your booking approved within a few hours, please allow up to 1 business day for booking confirmations.

Due to livestock and other concerns, dogs and other pets are NOT permitted on this property.

Camping prices are per person/per day. This property can accommodate up to 30′ trailers and can have access to water and electricity. Camping is dispersed camping. Please practice “leave no trace” principles and pack out all trash.  No open fires allowed.


Know before you go

Check out the resources below to help you prepare for your upcoming trip and ensure you have the most accurate and up-to-date information for a stellar day on the water.

  1. Don’t forget your local fishing license, you can grab one online here.
  2. Check your local flow report here. Ideal Flow Range: 700 - 2000 CFS
  3. Contact a local fly shop for the most up-to-date hatch and fly information.
  4. Know the local regulations.
  5. Fishing Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
  6. Fishing Season: March - November

Most of our properties are ranches, so expect to walk through hayfields, cow fields, or even hop a few fences. These are not "groomed" properties. They can be rugged and wild and we believe that is part of the adventure with RareWaters! If you have specific questions or concerns, please reach out in advance of booking a trip!

River Data

5-Day Weather Forecast

49℉ / 39℉

44℉ / 28℉

37℉ / 14℉

45℉ / 27℉

49℉ / 33℉

Features and Amenities


Reviews (3)

4.4 out of 5.0
Service 4.3
Value for Money 4.0
Location 5.0
Cleanliness 4.3
  • Jeff Metzger
    December 6, 2021 at 3:57 pm

    Beautiful day, property and water. We knew fishing would be tough as water temp had dropped below 40 and this was more of a scouting trip. We were greeted by a big Baldy on arrival. Headed down the RR tracks to the lower section first. Not easy to get down to the water as stated in the property description. Lower section had plenty of nice pockets and runs to work. Upper section was hit after lunch. Plenty of fishy water as well. We will be back and such a pleasure to prospect this lovely section of The Colorado River. Restore the Headwaters! Tight lines to all.

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  • Scott
    September 27, 2021 at 5:46 pm

    Great location for fall fly fishing. Browns were feisty and feeding on the surface. I’d say we caught 10-12 fish. Most were 12-14″ in length. Will book again!!

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  • April Ferzoco
    August 5, 2020 at 4:11 pm

    Just a short drive away from all the commotion of the ski villages. A winding road takes you to a small fishing/camping ranch with over a mile of the Colorado River. The property has three great stretches of river that has deep pools and wide eddy’s. Being easily wadeable, having wide casting space we consistently pulled out native brown trout. The Colorado river on this propery in late July allowed for some great dry fly, dry dropper and nymphing action. This property has good pockets and deep runs to hold big fish. The property also allows camping which is a plus because the views are incredible!

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Colorado River Bend

Frequently asked questions.

What is RareWaters?

We provide affordable and easy access to private ranches for you to experience do-it-yourself (DIY) fly fishing experiences. No upfront membership fees are required. Just pay as you book! Pricing is listed at the top of each property's listing page. DIY fly fishing means anglers are responsible for determining weather, river flow and fishing conditions. When the information is available, we include weather and river flow information for the properties on our website.

What hours can I fish?

Each landowner sets their fishing hours, and most are sunrise to sunset. We have a few landowners who deviate from that timeframe. This information is listed on each property listing page.

Can a non-angling friend or relative join me?

At this time, everyone over the age of 12 must pay the full rod fee to be on RareWaters' property. This is to ensure that all anglers have the serenity, space and outdoor experience we are committed to providing.

Will I get the water all to myself?

We limit each property to a max number of anglers, typically no more than 3-4 anglers per mile. This is different for each property, so be sure to go to the property's listing page to find out what the maximum is for the property you want to book. For example, if you have 2 anglers in your group and the maximum number of anglers is 4, we may add 2 other anglers to the property that day, even if they are from another group. If you book all 4 (or more) rod spots that day, then your group will have the whole property to yourselves.

How do I know where to go after I book?

After we receive your payment, you will receive a booking confirmation email. Within 7 days of your reservation, you will receive a property map via email with GPS coordinates, directions, parking and camping information, etc. We strongly encourage all anglers to save GPS coordinates into their smartphones before leaving cell service. Many of our properties are remote working ranches with limited cell service. Google Maps is our preferred app for all angler directions.

What are your booking policies?

Great question. Here are a few policies you should know before you go:

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations made ten (10) days or more before the booked date will receive a full refund. Cancellations made five (5) to ten (10) days before the booked date will receive a credit for future use. Cancellations made five (5) days or less before the booked date will receive no refund or credit. By submitting a booking request for any RareWaters' property, you agree to this cancellation policy. If you request to book a property within 10 days of the request date, and the booking is approved and you cancel the booking, you will receive a credit for future use. RareWaters is not responsible for weather, river flows or fishing conditions. Anglers are responsible for determining weather, river flows and fishing conditions. Refunds and credits will not be issued for weather, river flows or fishing conditions. The Cancellation Policy may be superseded by extenuating circumstances as deemed appropriate by RareWaters' staff.

Maximum Angler Policy:

Please note, if your party does not equate to the maximum angler amount for the property you've booked, you may encounter another angler or group. Maximum angler amounts are listed in the description for every property on the website. Please practice good fishing etiquette around other anglers by giving each other plenty of space and sharing different stretches of the watershed.

Leave No Trace Policy:

All anglers must adhere to RareWaters "Leave No Trace" policy. This policy requires all anglers to leave properties better off than they found them. If you see trash, please pick it up and pack it out. We ask that you kindly be respectful of the land, any livestock, and the watershed so we can continue to offer fly fishing access for years to come. Trespassing will not be tolerated and all violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. By submitting a booking request through the RareWaters website, you agree to this Leave No Trace Policy.

Solicitation Policy:

Under no circumstances may an angler or their guest solicit RareWaters' landowners for any reason. During your trip, anglers and guests are not permitted to promote, sell or offer any kind of services or products to RareWaters' landowners. Additionally, anglers and their guests may not compete with RareWaters in any way while visiting RareWaters' properties. By submitting a booking request through the RareWaters website, you agree to this Solicitation Policy.