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
Cherry Creek Near Franktown
USGS 06712000
6 cfs 2.7 ft
Cottonwood Creek Near Crestone
USGS 08229500
4 cfs 0.5 ft
Fourmile Creek Below Cripple Creek Near Victor
USGS 07096250
9 cfs 3.4 ft
West Monument Creek At Air Force Academy
USGS 07103800
3 cfs 1.3 ft
Monument Creek At Palmer Lake
USGS 07103747
1 cfs ft
South Platte River Above Cheesman Lake
USGS 06700000
114 cfs 5.0 ft
South Platte River Near Lake George
USGS 06696000
56 cfs 0.7 ft
Pine Creek Abv Briargate Pkwy
USGS 07103965
2 cfs 10.5 ft
Trout Creek Blw Fern Cr Nr Westcreek
USGS 06701620
12 cfs 4.1 ft
Arkansas River At Canon City
USGS 07096000
371 cfs 5.6 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
2.18" -0.74"
Trinchera
SNOTEL 829
34" -2"
Lake Irene
SNOTEL 565
61" -2"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
44" -1"
South Colony
SNOTEL 773
53" -2"
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
40" -2"
High Lonesome
SNOTEL 1187
46" -1"
Ute Creek
SNOTEL 1005
33" -2"
Fool Creek
SNOTEL 1186
50" -2"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
36" -2"
Niwot
SNOTEL 663
33" -1"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
19" -2"
North Costilla
SNOTEL 665
7" -3"
Culebra #2
SNOTEL 430
44" 0"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
53" 0"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
33" -1"
ward 4.6 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-202
2.01" -1.14"
Wild Basin
SNOTEL 1042
39" 2"
cabin creek
SNOTEL GCRC2
13.79" -0.8"
Glen Cove
SNOTEL 1057
14" 0"
rollinsville 1.1 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-17
10.42" -1.24"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
54" -2"
Echo Lake
SNOTEL 936
28" -1"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
38" -2"
Apishapa
SNOTEL 303
2" -3"
Taos Powderhorn
SNOTEL 1168
58" -1"
cripple creek,co
SNOTEL CRIC2
4.71" -0.74"
Stillwater Creek
SNOTEL 793
1" -1"
Bear Lake
SNOTEL 322
44" -1"
Sawtooth
SNOTEL 1251
55" -1"
Lake Eldora
SNOTEL 564
30" -1"
Whiskey Ck
SNOTEL 857
30" -1"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Riverside 18 8,052 ft
Round Mountain 15 8,531 ft
Spillway 23 8,461 ft
Oak Creek 15 7,649 ft
Springer Gulch 15 8,324 ft
Cove 4 8,457 ft
Eleven Mile State Park 350 8,616 ft
Happy Meadows 8 7,879 ft
Blue Mountain 21 8,079 ft
Grape Creek - Temple Canyon Park None 6,160 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Conquistador Ski Resort 53" 48° 7.77"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Royal Gorge 377.0cfs 10.0 Mi IV- to IV