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
Tomichi Creek At Gunnison
USGS 09119000
286 cfs 2.5 ft
N.F. Gunnison R Blw Leroux Cr
USGS 09135950
90 cfs 7.8 ft
West Divide Creek Near Raven
USGS 09089500
4 cfs 1.3 ft
Terror Creek At Mouth Near Bowie
USGS 09132995
2 cfs ft
Roaring Fork River At Glenwood Springs
USGS 09085000
814 cfs 2.9 ft
Castle Creek At Aspen
USGS 09075400
43 cfs ft
Muddy Creek At Bardine
USGS 09131500
136 cfs 4.4 ft
Lake Fork At Gateview
USGS 09124500
344 cfs 2.4 ft
Minnesota Creek Near Paonia
USGS 09134000
4 cfs ft
Crystal River Ab Avalanche C
USGS 09081600
227 cfs 1.5 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
1" 0"
Overland Res.
SNOTEL 675
1" 1"
Stump Lakes
SNOTEL 797
2" 1"
Vallecito
SNOTEL 843
1" 1"
Lily Pond
SNOTEL 580
6" -5"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
189" 0"
Moon Pass
SNOTEL 1124
1" 0"
Grayback
SNOTEL 1058
3" 1"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
1" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Redstone 17 7,299 ft
Gothic 4 9,657 ft
Avalanche 13 7,320 ft
Lake Irwin 32 10,400 ft
Lost Lake 19 9,621 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Aspen Mountain 0" 64° 0"
Crested Butte Mountain Resort 0" 66° 0"
Sunlight Mountain Resort -1" 68° 0"
Snowmass 0" 63° 0"
Buttermilk Mountain 0" 63° 0"
Aspen Highlands 0" 63° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Oh Be Joyful 653.0cfs 1.0 Mi V
Two Rivers to South Canyon 2270.0cfs 5.0 Mi II+ to III
Avalanche Down 227.0cfs 12.0 Mi III
Barrel Springs 1840.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Grizzly Creek to Two Rivers Park 1840.0cfs 6.0 Mi II to III
Bogan Canyon 227.0cfs 6.85 Mi III to III+
Barrel Springs 1840.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park 2270.0cfs 0.25 Mi II to IV-
Castle Creek 366.0cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V-
Waterfall to Confluence 513.0cfs 1.0 Mi V-
Crystal Mill Falls 227.0cfs None Mi V- to V
Carbondale to Westbank (Pink to Black) 814.0cfs 7.0 Mi II
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 1840.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
Cemetery 814.0cfs 12.0 Mi II+ to III+
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 1840.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
Catherine Store Section 513.0cfs 4.0 Mi II to II+