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
Terror Creek At Mouth Near Bowie
USGS 09132995
2 cfs ft
Lake Fork At Gateview
USGS 09124500
43 cfs 2.1 ft
Castle Creek At Aspen
USGS 09075400
43 cfs ft
Gunnison River Near Gunnison
USGS 09114500
217 cfs 1.0 ft
Gunnison River Below Gunnison Tunnel
USGS 09128000
315 cfs 1.8 ft
North Fork Gunnison River Below Paonia
USGS 09134100
82 cfs 1.0 ft
Fryingpan River Near Thomasville
USGS 09078600
24 cfs 1.7 ft
Hubbard Creek At Highway 133 At Mouth Nr Bowie
USGS 09132960
2 cfs ft
Lincoln Creek Bl Grizzly Reservoir
USGS 09073005
1 cfs 1.1 ft
North Fk Gunnison River Above Mouth Nr Lazear
USGS 09136100
95 cfs 3.2 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
glenwood springs .64 s, co
SNOTEL CO-GF-1
10.86" 0.34"
Wager Gulch
SNOTEL 1188
16" 1"
gunnison 3wsw
SNOTEL GUXC2
1.28" -0.02"
Schofield Pass
SNOTEL 737
77" 3"
Spud Mountain
SNOTEL 780
48" 0"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
39" 3"
cimarron 8nw ham
SNOTEL CKDC2
1.28" -0.02"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
40" 5"
Nast Lake
SNOTEL 658
25" 1"
Burro Mountain
SNOTEL 378
30" 2"
Ripple Creek
SNOTEL 717
59" 5"
Upper Taylor
SNOTEL 1141
40" 5"
Upper San Juan
SNOTEL 840
56" -1"
gothic
SNOTEL GTHC2
41.05" -0.13"
hayden coop
SNOTEL HAYC2
14.4" 1.46"
Bear River
SNOTEL 1061
20" 0"
Elk River
SNOTEL 467
44" 1"
Slumgullion
SNOTEL 762
26" 2"
Molas Lake
SNOTEL 632
39" 0"
basalt 5.8 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-6
14.54" 0.06"
Park Reservoir
SNOTEL 682
63" -3"
carbondale 5.9 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-51
12.22" 0.05"
colona 4nw
SNOTEL CLNC2
0.18" 0.01"
yampa 5.1 s, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-26
16.69" 0.24"
crested butte coop
SNOTEL CBUC2
26.59" -0.24"
Beartown
SNOTEL 327
36" 1"
Lost Dog
SNOTEL 940
52" 2"
Mc Clure Pass
SNOTEL 618
31" 2"
Lynx Pass
SNOTEL 607
23" 1"
wolcott 2.3 n, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-8
17.47" -0.14"
Upper Rio Grande
SNOTEL 839
12" -1"
Cascade #2
SNOTEL 387
25" 1"
Dry Lake
SNOTEL 457
46" 1"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
88" 3"
Bison Lake
SNOTEL 345
54" 2"
silverton 0.3 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SJ-4
23.02" -0.14"
montrose 7.3 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-MT-31
2.77" 0"
Idarado
SNOTEL 538
24" 0"
Crosho
SNOTEL 426
40" 1"
rifle 3.2 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-GF-28
6.14" 0.38"
steamboat springs 0.7 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-53
24.45" 0.85"
glenwood springs 7.0 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GF-67
12.22" 0.58"
Cascade
SNOTEL 386
25" -1"
Butte
SNOTEL 380
37" 2"
ouray .23 nnw, co
SNOTEL CO-OR-2
0.77" -0.08"
carbondale 4.6 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-GF-49
9.77" 0.11"
crested butte 6.2 n, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-18
45.15" -0.23"
Trapper Lake
SNOTEL 827
9" 3"
Vallecito
SNOTEL 843
29" 1"
North Lost Trail
SNOTEL 669
43" 1"
Red Mountain Pass
SNOTEL 713
43" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Paonia State Park 13 6,467 ft
Redstone 17 7,299 ft
Bogan Flats 36 7,609 ft
McClure 8 8,187 ft
Avalanche 13 7,320 ft
Coffee Pot Spring 10 10,084 ft
Erickson Springs 18 6,830 ft
Lost Lake 19 9,621 ft
Lake Irwin 32 10,400 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Crested Butte Mountain Resort 37" 25° 0.54"
Sunlight Mountain Resort 31" 32° 0.33"
Snowmass 40" 29° 0.76"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Burns to Dotsero 531.0cfs 29.0 Mi I to IV
New Castle to Silt 1220.0cfs 7.6 Mi II
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1220.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Two Rivers to South Canyon 1220.0cfs 5.0 Mi II+ to III
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 531.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 531.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1220.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 1220.0cfs 3.25 Mi II
Bogan Canyon 58.5cfs 6.85 Mi III to III+
Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park 1220.0cfs 0.25 Mi II to IV-
Carbondale to Westbank (Pink to Black) 370.0cfs 7.0 Mi II
Barrel Springs 531.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Oh Be Joyful 217.0cfs 1.0 Mi V
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 1220.0cfs 3.25 Mi II
Cemetery 370.0cfs 12.0 Mi II+ to III+
Barrel Springs 531.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1220.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Crystal Mill Falls 58.5cfs None Mi V- to V
Grizzly Creek to Two Rivers Park 531.0cfs 6.0 Mi II to III
Avalanche Down 58.5cfs 12.0 Mi III
Catherine Store Section 201.0cfs 4.0 Mi II to II+
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1220.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1220.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Waterfall to Confluence 201.0cfs 1.0 Mi V-