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Whitewater River Run

Colorado Arkansas River

Royal Gorge

Class IV- TO IV Difficulty


78°, Sunny

The Royal Gorge River Run on the Arkansas River in Colorado is a thrilling Class III-IV whitewater experience, with numerous obstacles including the notorious Sledgehammer and Sunshine Falls rapids. The best time of year to float this section of water is in the summer months, typically from May to September, with recommended CFS levels between 800-1500. This section of the Arkansas River is not recommended for beginners or those without prior rafting or kayaking experience. Experienced guides are available to lead trips for those seeking an adrenaline-fueled adventure on the river.

Weather today, Sunny, with a high near 78. West northwest wind 5 to 15 mph.

Status Runnable
Class Level IV- to IV
Elevation 5,719 ft
Run Length 10.0 Mi
Gradient 46 FPM
Streamflow Discharge 354 cfs
Gauge Height 2.5 ft
Reporting Streamgage Arkansas River At Parkdale
USGS 07094500

Nearby Streamflow Levels

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Cottonwood Creek At Mouth
USGS 07103990
4 cfs 2.2 ft
Jimmy Camp Creek At Fountain
USGS 07105900
1 cfs 3.8 ft
So. Platte R. Blw Brush Cr. Nr Trumbull Co
USGS 06701900
179 cfs 3.6 ft
Monument Creek At Pikeview
USGS 07104000
45 cfs 4.2 ft
Fountain Creek At Security
USGS 07105800
118 cfs 4.1 ft
Fourmile Creek Below Cripple Creek Near Victor
USGS 07096250
41 cfs 4.0 ft
Clover Ditch Drain At Quinn St Nr Widefield
USGS 07105815
1 cfs 5.1 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change

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