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
Arkansas River At Salida
USGS 07091500
886 cfs 3.5 ft
Mccullough-Sp-Diversion Near Hoosier Pass
USGS 09044800
9 cfs 0.6 ft
Cotton Creek Near Mineral Hot Springs
USGS 08226700
18 cfs 3.2 ft
Homestake Creek At Gold Park
USGS 09064000
196 cfs 5.1 ft
Missouri Creek Near Gold Park
USGS 09063900
61 cfs 2.7 ft
Arkansas River Near Leadville
USGS 07081200
190 cfs 5.6 ft
La Garita Creek Near La Garita
USGS 08231000
17 cfs 2.1 ft
Arkansas River Near Nathrop
USGS 07091200
967 cfs 5.0 ft
Lincoln Creek Bl Grizzly Reservoir
USGS 09073005
1 cfs 1.1 ft
Blue River At Blue River
USGS 09046490
107 cfs 1.6 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Moon Pass
SNOTEL 1124
1" 0"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
1" 0"
Buckskin Joe
SNOTEL 938
182" 0"
Lily Pond
SNOTEL 580
6" -5"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
1" 0"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
1" 0"
Grayback
SNOTEL 1058
3" 1"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
1" 0"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
189" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Ski Cooper 182" 58° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 744.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Salida Whitewater Park 744.0cfs None Mi III- to III+
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 744.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Milk Run 744.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-
Salida Town Run (Stone Bridge to Salida WW Park) 744.0cfs 12.0 Mi II to III
Browns Canyon (Fisherman's Bridge to Stone Bridge) 744.0cfs 13.0 Mi III to IV-
Salida to Rincon 744.0cfs 10.0 Mi II+ to III
Fractions 744.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Numbers 744.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+