Crystal Mill Falls


This is a park and huck at the famous Crystal Mills Falls, the scene adorning many a Colorado postcard.  As we pulled over with all the other tourists and began unloading boats, I told my buddies, "Normally I never kayak just for the photos, but this one, it's just for the photo."  At low flows this drop is fairly easy, but beginner and intermediate boaters should still take heed as getting flipped in the upper slot and running this one upside down could result in a serious injury.  At higher flows, a strong hole forms on river left at the base of the falls, which frequently doles out beatdowns and swims.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Crystal River are between a bare minimum of 400cfs and a high of 2,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 09081600, the Crystal River Ab Avalanche C Remember only watercraft are permitted at Crystal Mill Falls.

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Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Roaring Fork River Near Emma
USGS 09081000
213 cfs 4.8 ft
Colorado River Near Dotsero
USGS 09070500
1,290 cfs 2.7 ft
Colorado River Below Glenwood Springs
USGS 09085100
1,770 cfs 4.1 ft
Missouri Creek Near Gold Park
USGS 09063900
1 cfs 1.4 ft
Beaver Creek At Avon
USGS 09067000
3 cfs 2.0 ft
Gunnison River Near Gunnison
USGS 09114500
435 cfs 1.3 ft
Roaring Fork River At Glenwood Springs
USGS 09085000
460 cfs 2.4 ft
Fryingpan River Near Thomasville
USGS 09078600
56 cfs 2.1 ft
Minnesota Creek Near Paonia
USGS 09134000
4 cfs ft
Taylor River Below Taylor Park Reservoir
USGS 09109000
89 cfs 3.5 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Grayback
SNOTEL 1058
12" -1"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
25" -2"
Overland Res.
SNOTEL 675
18" -2"
Nast Lake
SNOTEL 658
11" -2"
Mineral Creek
SNOTEL 629
34" -1"
Wager Gulch
SNOTEL 1188
22" 0"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
27" -1"
pagosa springs 9.1 nnw, co
SNOTEL CO-MN-1
7.11" -1.26"
Upper San Juan
SNOTEL 840
60" -1"
Idarado
SNOTEL 538
27" -2"
Red Mountain Pass
SNOTEL 713
54" -1"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
39" -1"
Weminuche Creek
SNOTEL 1160
34" -3"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
22" -3"
pitkin 1.1 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-59
2.17" -1.29"
Trapper Lake
SNOTEL 827
12" -1"
Schofield Pass
SNOTEL 737
57" -1"
Beartown
SNOTEL 327
45" 0"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
82" -1"
Lost Dog
SNOTEL 940
44" -1"
Stump Lakes
SNOTEL 797
39" -1"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
34" -1"
Upper Taylor
SNOTEL 1141
30" -1"
Bear River
SNOTEL 1061
27" 0"
Rabbit Ears
SNOTEL 709
36" -2"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
35" -1"
Ripple Creek
SNOTEL 717
54" -2"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
9" -2"
Upper Rio Grande
SNOTEL 839
3" -3"
crested butte 6.2 n, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-18
33.42" -1.14"
Columbine
SNOTEL 408
39" -2"
Middle Creek
SNOTEL 624
47" -1"
Lynx Pass
SNOTEL 607
18" -2"
Vallecito
SNOTEL 843
32" -2"
Bison Lake
SNOTEL 345
53" 0"
North Lost Trail
SNOTEL 669
29" -2"
Molas Lake
SNOTEL 632
33" -2"
gothic
SNOTEL GTHC2
38.7" -0.41"
yampa 5.1 s, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-26
5.28" -1.24"
Wolf Creek Summit
SNOTEL 874
74" -1"
Butte
SNOTEL 380
26" 0"
Crosho
SNOTEL 426
18" -50"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
32" -1"
Dry Lake
SNOTEL 457
26" -3"
Slumgullion
SNOTEL 762
37" -1"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
46" 0"
Mc Clure Pass
SNOTEL 618
20" -1"
Moon Pass
SNOTEL 1124
20" 0"
Beaver Ck Village
SNOTEL 1041
18" -1"
Zirkel
SNOTEL 1033
38" -3"
Lily Pond
SNOTEL 580
28" -2"
Burro Mountain
SNOTEL 378
26" -2"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Redstone 17 7,299 ft
Lost Lake 19 9,621 ft
Avalanche 13 7,320 ft
Gothic 4 9,657 ft
Lake Irwin 32 10,400 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Buttermilk Mountain 30" 45° 11.69"
Snowmass 30" 45° 11.69"
Sunlight Mountain Resort 20" 49° 5.77"
Aspen Mountain 39" 45° 11.37"
Aspen Highlands 30" 45° 11.69"
Crested Butte Mountain Resort 26" 42° 10.75"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park 1770.0cfs 0.25 Mi II to IV-
Crystal Mill Falls 142.0cfs None Mi V- to V
Carbondale to Westbank (Pink to Black) 460.0cfs 7.0 Mi II
Avalanche Down 142.0cfs 12.0 Mi III
Bogan Canyon 142.0cfs 6.85 Mi III to III+
Catherine Store Section 213.0cfs 4.0 Mi II to II+
Waterfall to Confluence 213.0cfs 1.0 Mi V-
Grizzly Creek to Two Rivers Park 1290.0cfs 6.0 Mi II to III
Oh Be Joyful 435.0cfs 1.0 Mi V
Barrel Springs 1290.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Cemetery 460.0cfs 12.0 Mi II+ to III+
Two Rivers to South Canyon 1770.0cfs 5.0 Mi II+ to III
Barrel Springs 1290.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Castle Creek 140.0cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V-
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 1290.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 1290.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV