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
Grape Creek Near Westcliffe
USGS 07095000
129 cfs 1.5 ft
S Platte R Ab 11-Mile Canyon Re
USGS 06695000
299 cfs 2.0 ft
Tarryall Creek At Upper Station
USGS 06696980
22 cfs 5.4 ft
Teller Reservoir Spillway Near Stone City
USGS 07099238
2 cfs 3.5 ft
South Platte River At Waterton
USGS 06708000
73 cfs 0.8 ft
Bear Creek Near Colorado Springs
USGS 07105000
2 cfs 7.9 ft
Arkansas River At Portland
USGS 07097000
1,120 cfs 3.1 ft
South Platte River At South Platte
USGS 06707500
681 cfs 3.4 ft
South Platte River Above Cheesman Lake
USGS 06700000
326 cfs 5.8 ft
Fountain Cr Bl Janitell Rd Bl Colo. Springs
USGS 07105530
411 cfs 6.7 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Hayden Pass
1" 0"
North Costilla
1" 1"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Riverside 18 8,052 ft
Oak Creek 15 7,649 ft
Spillway 23 8,461 ft
Round Mountain 15 8,531 ft
Eleven Mile State Park 350 8,616 ft
Blue Mountain 21 8,079 ft
Happy Meadows 8 7,879 ft
Springer Gulch 15 8,324 ft
Grape Creek - Temple Canyon Park None 6,160 ft
Cove 4 8,457 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Conquistador Ski Resort 0" 52° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Royal Gorge 1110.0cfs 10.0 Mi IV- to IV