Royal Gorge


The Royal Gorge is a classic Colorado run on the Arkansas river.  The highlight is entering the heart of the gorge below the famous Royal Gorge Bridge, which tourists flock to during the warm months.  The bridge itself makes the dubious claim of being the world's highest suspension bridge.  There's little doubt though that the view looking up from this deep and narrow gorge is spectacular.  During the tourist season, expect the paparazzi to be out in full force. (bonus tip: They love it when you roll.)

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Arkansas River are between a bare minimum of 200cfs and a high of 7,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 07094500, the Arkansas River At Parkdale Remember only watercraft are permitted at Royal Gorge.

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Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Rock Creek Above Fort Carson Reservation
USGS 07105945
0 cfs 1.1 ft
Cherry Creek Near Franktown
USGS 06712000
2 cfs 2.4 ft
Cottonwood Ck At Union Blvd
USGS 07103987
2 cfs 11.0 ft
South Platte River Below Cheesman Lake
USGS 06701500
164 cfs 1.3 ft
Arkansas River At Parkdale
USGS 07094500
970 cfs 3.5 ft
S Platte R Ab 11-Mile Canyon Re
USGS 06695000
251 cfs 1.8 ft
Arkansas River Near Wellsville
USGS 07093700
1,060 cfs 4.6 ft
Huerfano River At Badito
USGS 07112500
10 cfs 1.8 ft
Cottonwood Creek Near Crestone
USGS 08229500
9 cfs 0.8 ft
Fountain Creek At Cascade
USGS 07100300
3 cfs 3.7 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Springer Gulch 15 8,324 ft
Round Mountain 15 8,531 ft
Happy Meadows 8 7,879 ft
Cove 4 8,457 ft
Oak Creek 15 7,649 ft
Blue Mountain 21 8,079 ft
Riverside 18 8,052 ft
Spillway 23 8,461 ft
Grape Creek - Temple Canyon Park None 6,160 ft
Eleven Mile State Park 350 8,616 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Conquistador Ski Resort 42" 61° 5.45"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Royal Gorge 258.0cfs 10.0 Mi IV- to IV