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
Yampa River Above Elkhead Creek Near Hayden
USGS 09244490
178 cfs 1.4 ft
Terror Creek At Mouth Near Bowie
USGS 09132995
2 cfs ft
Taylor River At Almont
USGS 09110000
366 cfs 2.3 ft
N.F. Gunnison R Blw Leroux Cr
USGS 09135950
90 cfs 7.8 ft
North Fork Gunnison River Near Somerset
USGS 09132500
257 cfs 2.0 ft
Crystal River Ab Avalanche C
USGS 09081600
227 cfs 1.5 ft
Roaring Fork River Ab Difficult C Nr Aspen
USGS 09073300
36 cfs 1.3 ft
Yampa River Below Stagecoach Reservoir
USGS 09237500
41 cfs 2.7 ft
Roaring Fork River At Glenwood Springs
USGS 09085000
814 cfs 2.9 ft
Yampa River Above Stagecoach Reservoir
USGS 09237450
74 cfs 2.4 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Sandstone Rs
SNOTEL 732
1" 0"
Overland Res.
SNOTEL 675
1" 1"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
1" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
White Owl 6 10,705 ft
Trappers Lake 35 9,747 ft
Deep Lake 35 10,475 ft
Coffee Pot Spring 10 10,084 ft
McClure 8 8,187 ft
Redstone 17 7,299 ft
Sweetwater Lake 9 7,739 ft
Himes Peak 11 8,794 ft
Lyons Gulch Dispersed 4 6,209 ft
Upper Colorado Rec Area None 6,158 ft
Bogan Flats 36 7,609 ft
Supply Basin 7 10,767 ft
Avalanche 13 7,320 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Sunlight Mountain Resort -1" 68° 0"
Buttermilk Mountain 0" 63° 0"
Snowmass 0" 63° 0"
Crested Butte Mountain Resort 0" 66° 0"
Aspen Highlands 0" 63° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 2270.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Oh Be Joyful 653.0cfs 1.0 Mi V
Barrel Springs 1840.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Bogan Canyon 227.0cfs 6.85 Mi III to III+
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 1840.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
Two Rivers to South Canyon 2270.0cfs 5.0 Mi II+ to III
Barrel Springs 1840.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
New Castle to Silt 2270.0cfs 7.6 Mi II
Grizzly Creek to Two Rivers Park 1840.0cfs 6.0 Mi II to III
Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park 2270.0cfs 0.25 Mi II to IV-
Carbondale to Westbank (Pink to Black) 814.0cfs 7.0 Mi II
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 2270.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Crystal Mill Falls 227.0cfs None Mi V- to V
Catherine Store Section 513.0cfs 4.0 Mi II to II+
Burns to Dotsero 1840.0cfs 29.0 Mi I to IV
Cemetery 814.0cfs 12.0 Mi II+ to III+
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 2270.0cfs 3.25 Mi II
Avalanche Down 227.0cfs 12.0 Mi III
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
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 2270.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Waterfall to Confluence 513.0cfs 1.0 Mi V-
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