Avalanche Down


A nice class III run of the Crystal that offers great scenery and intermediate boating.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Crystal River are between a bare minimum of 500cfs and a high of 1,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 09081600, the Crystal River Ab Avalanche C Remember only watercraft are permitted at Avalanche Down.

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Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Gunnison River Below Gunnison Tunnel
USGS 09128000
660 cfs 2.8 ft
N.F. Gunnison R Blw Leroux Cr
USGS 09135950
90 cfs 7.8 ft
Lincoln Creek Bl Grizzly Reservoir
USGS 09073005
1 cfs 1.1 ft
Roaring Fork River At Glenwood Springs
USGS 09085000
814 cfs 2.9 ft
Uncompahgre River At Colona
USGS 09147500
414 cfs 4.8 ft
Crystal River Ab Avalanche C
USGS 09081600
227 cfs 1.5 ft
Minnesota Creek Near Paonia
USGS 09134000
4 cfs ft
East River Bl Cement Creek Nr Crested Butte
USGS 09112200
157 cfs 1.4 ft
White River Below North Elk Creek Near Buford
USGS 09304115
326 cfs 2.3 ft
E Fork Terror Cr Blw Cottonwood Stomp Nr Bowie
USGS 09132985
0 cfs ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Vallecito
SNOTEL 843
1" 1"
Overland Res.
SNOTEL 675
1" 1"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Lake Irwin 32 10,400 ft
McClure 8 8,187 ft
Redstone 17 7,299 ft
Lost Lake 19 9,621 ft
Avalanche 13 7,320 ft
Paonia State Park 13 6,467 ft
Erickson Springs 18 6,830 ft
Coffee Pot Spring 10 10,084 ft
Bogan Flats 36 7,609 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Sunlight Mountain Resort -1" 68° 0"
Snowmass 0" 63° 0"
Crested Butte Mountain Resort 0" 66° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 2270.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 1840.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
Burns to Dotsero 1840.0cfs 29.0 Mi I to IV
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 2270.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Two Rivers to South Canyon 2270.0cfs 5.0 Mi II+ to III
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 2270.0cfs 3.25 Mi II
Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park 2270.0cfs 0.25 Mi II to IV-
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 1840.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 2270.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Avalanche Down 227.0cfs 12.0 Mi III
Cemetery 814.0cfs 12.0 Mi II+ to III+
Grizzly Creek to Two Rivers Park 1840.0cfs 6.0 Mi II to III
Catherine Store Section 513.0cfs 4.0 Mi II to II+
Oh Be Joyful 653.0cfs 1.0 Mi V
New Castle to Silt 2270.0cfs 7.6 Mi II
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 2270.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Barrel Springs 1840.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Carbondale to Westbank (Pink to Black) 814.0cfs 7.0 Mi II
Crystal Mill Falls 227.0cfs None Mi V- to V
Barrel Springs 1840.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Bogan Canyon 227.0cfs 6.85 Mi III to III+
Waterfall to Confluence 513.0cfs 1.0 Mi V-
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 2270.0cfs 3.25 Mi II
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 2270.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III