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Whitewater River Run

Colorado Arkansas River

Royal Gorge

Class IV- TO IV Difficulty


77°, Slight Chance T-Storms Then Chance Showers

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, A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 5pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. Light and variable wind becoming south 10 to 15 mph in the morning. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Status Runnable
Class Level IV- to IV
Elevation 5,719 ft
Run Length 10.0 Mi
Gradient 46 FPM
Streamflow Discharge 310 cfs
Gauge Height 2.4 ft
Reporting Streamgage Arkansas River At Parkdale
USGS 07094500

Nearby Streamflow Levels

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Fall River Near Idaho Springs
USGS 06717000
-999 cfs -1,310.7 ft
Clear Creek At Golden
USGS 06719505
41 cfs 3.4 ft
South Platte River At Denver
USGS 06714000
144 cfs 3.0 ft
Clear Creek Abv West Fork Clear Creek Nr Empire Co
USGS 06715000
16 cfs 3.6 ft
West Fork Clear Creek Abv Mouth Nr Empire
USGS 06716100
11 cfs 4.0 ft
North Clear Creek Above Mouth Nr Blackhawk
USGS 06718550
3 cfs 3.8 ft
Clear Creek Near Lawson
USGS 06716500
24 cfs 2.5 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change

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