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
9 cfs 0.6 ft
Ute Creek Near Fort Garland
USGS 08242500
7 cfs 1.5 ft
Trout Creek Blw Fern Cr Nr Westcreek
USGS 06701620
1 cfs 3.8 ft
Huerfano River At Badito
USGS 07112500
7 cfs 1.6 ft
Cheyenne Creek At Evans Ave At Colorado Springs
USGS 07105490
2 cfs 1.4 ft
Turkey Creek Near Fountain Colo
USGS 07099215
2 cfs 2.0 ft
North Crestone Creek Near Crestone
USGS 08227500
2 cfs 0.6 ft
Huerfano R At Manzanares Xing
USGS 07111000
9 cfs 3.3 ft
Bear Creek Near Colorado Springs
USGS 07105000
1 cfs 7.6 ft
Clover Ditch Drain At Quinn St Nr Widefield
USGS 07105815
0 cfs 5.0 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Fool Creek
SNOTEL 1186
19" 1"
Wild Basin
SNOTEL 1042
2" -3"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
20" 0"
dillon 2.3 se, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-16
2.18" 0"
lake george 7.2 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-39
0.61" 0"
south platte river
SNOTEL ANTC2
1.57" 0"
divide 4nw
SNOTEL DNWC2
2.93" -0.32"
grant
SNOTEL GRTC2
4.14" 0"
woodland park 1.1 nnw, co
SNOTEL CO-TL-28
0.66" -0.65"
Sawtooth
SNOTEL 1251
15" -1"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
1.34" 0.96"
cripple creek 5.1 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-TL-16
0.56" 0"
cabin creek
SNOTEL GCRC2
3.62" 0"
Taos Powderhorn
SNOTEL 1168
4" 0"
Stillwater Creek
SNOTEL 793
13" 0"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
17" 0"
cripple creek,co
SNOTEL CRIC2
2.83" 0"
aspen springs amrad
SNOTEL ASIC2
2.06" 0"
University Camp
SNOTEL 838
9" 0"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
12" -1"
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
18" 0"
ward 4.6 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-202
0.62" 0"
golden 12.5 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-331
0.51" 0"
Whiskey Ck
SNOTEL 857
3" -1"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
1" 0"
Ute Creek
SNOTEL 1005
1" -1"
South Colony
SNOTEL 773
7" -1"
Medano Pass
SNOTEL 914
3" 1"
Echo Lake
SNOTEL 936
1" 0"
Niwot
SNOTEL 663
4" 0"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
5" 0"
Lake Irene
SNOTEL 565
17" 1"
rollinsville 1.1 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-17
1.87" 0"
Lake Eldora
SNOTEL 564
7" 0"
georgetown
SNOTEL GEOC2
1.24" 0"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
15" 0"
fort garland 13.3 e, co
SNOTEL CO-CS-31
1.9" 0.08"
High Lonesome
SNOTEL 1187
17" -1"
Bear Lake
SNOTEL 322
5" 0"
florissant 5.0 n, co
SNOTEL CO-TL-19
1.67" -0.66"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Springer Gulch 15 8,324 ft
Riverside 18 8,052 ft
Round Mountain 15 8,531 ft
Cove 4 8,457 ft
Eleven Mile State Park 350 8,616 ft
Grape Creek - Temple Canyon Park None 6,160 ft
Happy Meadows 8 7,879 ft
Oak Creek 15 7,649 ft
Blue Mountain 21 8,079 ft
Spillway 23 8,461 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Conquistador Ski Resort 7" 39° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Royal Gorge 345.0cfs 10.0 Mi IV- to IV