Barrel Springs


Barrel Springs is the run from the Hanging Lake exit to Shoshone.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Colorado River are between a bare minimum of 500cfs and a high of 8,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 09070500, the Colorado River Near Dotsero Remember only watercraft are permitted at Barrel Springs.

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Whitewater Rapids

Obstacles on the river run
Upper Death
Class V to VI
Life after Death
Class IV+ to V
Barrel Springs Rapid
Class IV+ to V
Last Rapid
Class IV to V

Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Taylor River At Almont
USGS 09110000
397 cfs 2.4 ft
West Divide Creek Near Raven
USGS 09089500
179 cfs 3.1 ft
Roaring Fork River Ab Difficult C Nr Aspen
USGS 09073300
124 cfs 1.9 ft
Hubbard Creek Above Iron Point Gulch Nr Bowie
USGS 09132940
6 cfs ft
Elkhead Creek Near Craig
USGS 09246500
512 cfs 4.1 ft
Lincoln Creek Bl Grizzly Reservoir
USGS 09073005
1 cfs 1.1 ft
White River Above Coal Creek
USGS 09304200
1,630 cfs 3.9 ft
Yampa River Below Craig
USGS 09247600
4,480 cfs 6.0 ft
Elk River Near Milner
USGS 09242500
3,320 cfs 5.9 ft
Hunter Creek Near Aspen
USGS 09074000
8 cfs 1.1 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
gothic
SNOTEL GTHC2
12.62" -1.83"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Deep Lake 35 10,475 ft
Bogan Flats 36 7,609 ft
Sweetwater Lake 9 7,739 ft
Upper Colorado Rec Area None 6,158 ft
Trappers Lake 35 9,747 ft
Supply Basin 7 10,767 ft
Avalanche 13 7,320 ft
Redstone 17 7,299 ft
Himes Peak 11 8,794 ft
White Owl 6 10,705 ft
McClure 8 8,187 ft
Lyons Gulch Dispersed 4 6,209 ft
Coffee Pot Spring 10 10,084 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Buttermilk Mountain 30" 62° 0"
Crested Butte Mountain Resort 25" 60° 0"
Aspen Highlands 30" 62° 0"
Snowmass 30" 62° 0"
Sunlight Mountain Resort 22" 68° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
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
Avalanche Down 1360.0cfs 12.0 Mi III
Carbondale to Westbank (Pink to Black) 901.0cfs 7.0 Mi II
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 2290.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Catherine Store Section 401.0cfs 4.0 Mi II to II+
Cemetery 901.0cfs 12.0 Mi II+ to III+
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 2290.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Grizzly Creek to Two Rivers Park 1380.0cfs 6.0 Mi II to III
Barrel Springs 3140.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
New Castle to Silt 2290.0cfs 7.6 Mi II
Waterfall to Confluence 401.0cfs 1.0 Mi V-
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 1380.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
Bogan Canyon 1360.0cfs 6.85 Mi III to III+
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 2290.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Burns to Dotsero 3140.0cfs 29.0 Mi I to IV
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 2290.0cfs 3.25 Mi II
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 2290.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Oh Be Joyful 653.0cfs 1.0 Mi V
Crystal Mill Falls 310.0cfs None Mi V- to V
Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park 2290.0cfs 0.25 Mi II to IV-
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 1380.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 2290.0cfs 3.25 Mi II
Barrel Springs 3140.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+