Salida To Rincon


This is a good beginner to intermediate run.  This section of the Ark' is tamer compared to some of its upstream or downstream neighbor sections.  There are lots of put in and take out options as Highway 50 parallels the river.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Arkansas River are between a bare minimum of 450cfs and a high of 3,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 07087050, the Arkansas River Below Granite Remember only watercraft are permitted at Salida to Rincon.

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Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Carnero Creek Near La Garita
USGS 08230500
18 cfs 2.4 ft
Missouri Creek Near Gold Park
USGS 09063900
1 cfs 1.4 ft
Homestake Creek At Gold Park
USGS 09064000
5 cfs 4.0 ft
Eagle River Near Minturn
USGS 09064600
67 cfs 3.1 ft
San Francisco C At Upper Sta
USGS 08220900
3 cfs 0.4 ft
Blue River At Blue River
USGS 09046490
9 cfs 0.6 ft
Cotton Creek Near Mineral Hot Springs
USGS 08226700
6 cfs 3.0 ft
S Platte R Ab 11-Mile Canyon Re
USGS 06695000
168 cfs 1.4 ft
Taylor River Below Taylor Park Reservoir
USGS 09109000
89 cfs 3.5 ft
North Crestone Creek Near Crestone
USGS 08227500
8 cfs 0.9 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Sargents Mesa
SNOTEL 1128
39" -1"
Niwot
SNOTEL 663
33" -1"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
25" -2"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
22" -3"
Columbine
SNOTEL 408
39" -2"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
27" -1"
Echo Lake
SNOTEL 936
28" -1"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
2.18" -0.74"
Fool Creek
SNOTEL 1186
50" -2"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
36" -2"
Stillwater Creek
SNOTEL 793
1" -1"
rollinsville 1.1 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-17
10.42" -1.24"
Summit Ranch
SNOTEL 802
19" -1"
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
40" -2"
Nast Lake
SNOTEL 658
11" -2"
Copper Mountain
SNOTEL 415
32" -1"
Porphyry Creek
SNOTEL 701
35" -2"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
47" 0"
Beaver Ck Village
SNOTEL 1041
18" -1"
Lake Eldora
SNOTEL 564
30" -1"
Ute Creek
SNOTEL 1005
33" -2"
Hopewell
SNOTEL 532
34" -2"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
20.25" -0.79"
Grayback
SNOTEL 1058
12" -1"
Moon Pass
SNOTEL 1124
20" 0"
High Lonesome
SNOTEL 1187
46" -1"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
44" -1"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
19" -2"
cabin creek
SNOTEL GCRC2
13.79" -0.8"
Rough And Tumble
SNOTEL 939
28" -1"
Cumbres Trestle
SNOTEL 431
52" -2"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
46" 0"
Buckskin Joe
SNOTEL 938
28" 0"
ward 4.6 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-202
2.01" -1.14"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
39" -2"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
39" -1"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
33" -1"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
34.33" -0.77"
frisco 0.5 n, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-4
2.52" -1.29"
Sawtooth
SNOTEL 1251
55" -1"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
38" -2"
Middle Fork Camp
SNOTEL 1014
21" -2"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
9" -2"
fairplay 2.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-15
18.93" -0.64"
Willow Creek Pass
SNOTEL 869
38" 1"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
31" -1"
Wild Basin
SNOTEL 1042
39" 2"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
54" -2"
South Colony
SNOTEL 773
53" -2"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
54" -1"
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
13.77" -0.87"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
25" -1"
Lily Pond
SNOTEL 580
28" -2"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
46" 0"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
35" -1"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
34" -1"
San Antonio Sink
SNOTEL 1172
2" -2"
Bear Lake
SNOTEL 322
44" -1"
pitkin 1.1 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-59
2.17" -1.29"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
53" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Ski Cooper 28" 42° 9.32"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Browns Canyon (Fisherman's Bridge to Stone Bridge) 233.0cfs 13.0 Mi III to IV-
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 233.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Salida Town Run (Stone Bridge to Salida WW Park) 233.0cfs 12.0 Mi II to III
Numbers 233.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Salida Whitewater Park 233.0cfs None Mi III- to III+
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 233.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Milk Run 233.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-
Fractions 233.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Salida to Rincon 233.0cfs 10.0 Mi II+ to III