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
N.F. Gunnison R Blw Leroux Cr
USGS 09135950
222 cfs 8.3 ft
North Fk Gunnison River Above Mouth Nr Lazear
USGS 09136100
249 cfs 3.4 ft
Colorado River Near Dotsero
USGS 09070500
2,220 cfs 3.6 ft
Hunter Creek Near Aspen
USGS 09074000
8 cfs 1.1 ft
Gunnison River Near Gunnison
USGS 09114500
946 cfs 1.9 ft
Roaring Fork River Ab Difficult C Nr Aspen
USGS 09073300
88 cfs 1.7 ft
Smith Fork Near Lazear
USGS 09129600
3 cfs 4.6 ft
White River Above Coal Creek
USGS 09304200
447 cfs 2.3 ft
East River Bl Cement Creek Nr Crested Butte
USGS 09112200
575 cfs 2.4 ft
Tomichi Creek At Gunnison
USGS 09119000
93 cfs 1.3 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
McClure 8 8,187 ft
Bogan Flats 36 7,609 ft
Lost Lake 19 9,621 ft
Avalanche 13 7,320 ft
Lake Irwin 32 10,400 ft
Paonia State Park 13 6,467 ft
Coffee Pot Spring 10 10,084 ft
Redstone 17 7,299 ft
Erickson Springs 18 6,830 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Crested Butte Mountain Resort 25" 66° 0"
Snowmass 30" 62° 0"
Sunlight Mountain Resort 22" 70° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Catherine Store Section 401.0cfs 4.0 Mi II to II+
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 2290.0cfs 3.25 Mi II
Barrel Springs 2220.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 2290.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Oh Be Joyful 653.0cfs 1.0 Mi V
New Castle to Silt 2290.0cfs 7.6 Mi II
Bogan Canyon 758.0cfs 6.85 Mi III to III+
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 2290.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Avalanche Down 758.0cfs 12.0 Mi III
Carbondale to Westbank (Pink to Black) 901.0cfs 7.0 Mi II
Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park 2290.0cfs 0.25 Mi II to IV-
Grizzly Creek to Two Rivers Park 1380.0cfs 6.0 Mi II to III
Waterfall to Confluence 401.0cfs 1.0 Mi V-
Crystal Mill Falls 310.0cfs None Mi V- to V
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 2290.0cfs 3.25 Mi II
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 1380.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 2290.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Two Rivers to South Canyon 2290.0cfs 5.0 Mi II+ to III
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 1380.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
Barrel Springs 2220.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 2290.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 2290.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Burns to Dotsero 2220.0cfs 29.0 Mi I to IV
Cemetery 901.0cfs 12.0 Mi II+ to III+