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
East River At Almont Co.
USGS 09112500
235 cfs 3.2 ft
Lincoln Creek Bl Grizzly Reservoir
USGS 09073005
1 cfs 1.1 ft
Hubbard Creek At Highway 133 At Mouth Nr Bowie
USGS 09132960
2 cfs ft
North Fk Gunnison River Above Mouth Nr Lazear
USGS 09136100
165 cfs 3.1 ft
Fryingpan River At Meredith
USGS 09080100
462 cfs 3.3 ft
North Fork Fryingpan River Near Norrie
USGS 09078500
6 cfs 2.3 ft
Gunnison River Near Gunnison
USGS 09114500
435 cfs 1.3 ft
Gunnison River Below Gunnison Tunnel
USGS 09128000
406 cfs 2.1 ft
Hubbard Creek Above Iron Point Gulch Nr Bowie
USGS 09132940
6 cfs ft
Castle Creek At Aspen
USGS 09075400
43 cfs ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Park Reservoir
SNOTEL 682
53" -1"
yampa 5.1 s, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-26
5.28" -1.24"
Rabbit Ears
SNOTEL 709
36" -2"
Red Mountain Pass
SNOTEL 713
54" -1"
Lynx Pass
SNOTEL 607
18" -2"
Bison Lake
SNOTEL 345
53" 0"
Dry Lake
SNOTEL 457
26" -3"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
82" -1"
Idarado
SNOTEL 538
27" -2"
Burro Mountain
SNOTEL 378
26" -2"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
25" -2"
Bear River
SNOTEL 1061
27" 0"
Cascade #2
SNOTEL 387
1" 0"
Lost Dog
SNOTEL 940
44" -1"
North Lost Trail
SNOTEL 669
29" -2"
Middle Creek
SNOTEL 624
47" -1"
gothic
SNOTEL GTHC2
38.7" -0.41"
Beartown
SNOTEL 327
45" 0"
Ripple Creek
SNOTEL 717
54" -2"
Elk River
SNOTEL 467
31" -2"
Upper San Juan
SNOTEL 840
60" -1"
Cascade
SNOTEL 386
5" -3"
Butte
SNOTEL 380
26" 0"
Overland Res.
SNOTEL 675
18" -2"
Crosho
SNOTEL 426
18" -50"
Upper Rio Grande
SNOTEL 839
3" -3"
Trapper Lake
SNOTEL 827
12" -1"
Mc Clure Pass
SNOTEL 618
20" -1"
Whiskey Park
SNOTEL 859
56" -3"
Spud Mountain
SNOTEL 780
47" -3"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
32" -1"
Upper Taylor
SNOTEL 1141
30" -1"
Molas Lake
SNOTEL 632
33" -2"
Vallecito
SNOTEL 843
32" -2"
Mineral Creek
SNOTEL 629
34" -1"
Weminuche Creek
SNOTEL 1160
34" -3"
Wager Gulch
SNOTEL 1188
22" 0"
Slumgullion
SNOTEL 762
37" -1"
crested butte 6.2 n, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-18
33.42" -1.14"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
39" -1"
Nast Lake
SNOTEL 658
11" -2"
Schofield Pass
SNOTEL 737
57" -1"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Lost Lake 19 9,621 ft
Coffee Pot Spring 10 10,084 ft
Bogan Flats 36 7,609 ft
Avalanche 13 7,320 ft
Lake Irwin 32 10,400 ft
Redstone 17 7,299 ft
Paonia State Park 13 6,467 ft
McClure 8 8,187 ft
Erickson Springs 18 6,830 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Sunlight Mountain Resort 20" 49° 5.77"
Crested Butte Mountain Resort 26" 42° 10.75"
Snowmass 30" 45° 11.69"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Barrel Springs 1290.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Bogan Canyon 142.0cfs 6.85 Mi III to III+
Avalanche Down 142.0cfs 12.0 Mi III
Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park 1770.0cfs 0.25 Mi II to IV-
Barrel Springs 1290.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Waterfall to Confluence 213.0cfs 1.0 Mi V-
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1770.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Grizzly Creek to Two Rivers Park 1290.0cfs 6.0 Mi II to III
Crystal Mill Falls 142.0cfs None Mi V- to V
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 1290.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
Carbondale to Westbank (Pink to Black) 460.0cfs 7.0 Mi II
Two Rivers to South Canyon 1770.0cfs 5.0 Mi II+ to III
Burns to Dotsero 1290.0cfs 29.0 Mi I to IV
Catherine Store Section 213.0cfs 4.0 Mi II to II+
Oh Be Joyful 435.0cfs 1.0 Mi V
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 1290.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
Cemetery 460.0cfs 12.0 Mi II+ to III+
New Castle to Silt 1770.0cfs 7.6 Mi II
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1770.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 1770.0cfs 3.25 Mi II
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1770.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 1770.0cfs 3.25 Mi II
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1770.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1770.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III