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 Near Wellsville
USGS 07093700
360 cfs 3.3 ft
Lake Fork Below Sugar Loaf Reservoir
USGS 07082500
4 cfs 0.3 ft
Arkansas River At Salida
USGS 07091500
366 cfs 2.8 ft
Taylor River At Taylor Park
USGS 09107000
31 cfs 1.2 ft
North Crestone Creek Near Crestone
USGS 08227500
-999 cfs 0.0 ft
Halfmoon Creek Near Malta
USGS 07083000
8 cfs 1.3 ft
Tarryall Creek At Upper Station
USGS 06696980
7 cfs 5.0 ft
Saguache Creek Near Saguache
USGS 08227000
122 cfs 2.1 ft
La Garita Creek Near La Garita
USGS 08231000
4 cfs 1.6 ft
Lincoln Creek Bl Grizzly Reservoir
USGS 09073005
1 cfs 1.1 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Grayback
SNOTEL 1058
4" 0"
nederland 2.61 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-75
6.91" 2.68"
buena vista,co
SNOTEL BNVC2
1.07" 0.16"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
28" 2"
San Antonio Sink
SNOTEL 1172
23" 0"
nederland 0.4 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-322
9.01" 2.7"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
19.04" 0.68"
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
24.7" 0.08"
Nast Lake
SNOTEL 658
27" 1"
amrad
SNOTEL CNRC2
4.14" 2.42"
Michigan Creek
SNOTEL 937
28" 1"
fairplay 2.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-15
7.84" 0.58"
nathrop 1.9 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CF-54
0.7" 0.23"
nederland 3.7 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-296
9.5" 3.12"
conifer 5.7 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-222
1.79" 1.41"
rollinsville 1.1 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-17
12.79" 2.77"
Niwot
SNOTEL 663
34" 9"
alamosa 1.1 n, co
SNOTEL CO-AM-31
0.07" -0.1"
Hopewell
SNOTEL 532
30" 1"
Willow Creek Pass
SNOTEL 869
37" 0"
Summit Ranch
SNOTEL 802
25" 1"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
43" 1"
frisco 0.5 n, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-4
17.97" 0.17"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
38" 1"
rollinsville 1.7 e, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-25
7.13" 3.17"
nathrop 3.3 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CF-19
0.79" 0.24"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
34" 2"
south platte river
SNOTEL ANTC2
0.4" 0.14"
Ute Creek
SNOTEL 1005
19" 2"
alamosa 2ssw
SNOTEL ASWC2
0.15" -0.08"
crestone,co
SNOTEL CSTC2
0.28" 0.1"
Copper Mountain
SNOTEL 415
37" 0"
estes park 3.3 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-247
3.42" 2.72"
South Colony
SNOTEL 773
32" -1"
Cumbres Trestle
SNOTEL 431
50" 0"
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
42" 1"
aspen springs amrad
SNOTEL ASIC2
3.72" 2.23"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
42" 2"
grant
SNOTEL GRTC2
2.21" 0.5"
Bear Lake
SNOTEL 322
42" 5"
estes park 10.5 se, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1019
5.19" 2.39"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
156" 126"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
30" 0"
Moon Pass
SNOTEL 1124
11" 4"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
18.8" 0.78"
saguache 0.4 e, co
SNOTEL CO-SA-59
0.64" 0.2"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
12" 1"
great sand dunes natl mon
SNOTEL GSDC2
1.89" 0.53"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
39" 2"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
32" 0"
del norte 3.3 e, co
SNOTEL CO-RG-16
0.99" 0.3"
Porphyry Creek
SNOTEL 701
44" 3"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
35" 3"
Wild Basin
SNOTEL 1042
40" 0"
y motel
SNOTEL E33
9.9" -0.07"
estes park 1.8 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-767
7.72" 2.43"
nederland 5.8 e, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-57
9.76" 3.59"
High Lonesome
SNOTEL 1187
49" -1"
crestone 5.3 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-SA-66
0.21" 0.02"
Rough And Tumble
SNOTEL 939
11" 1"
nederland 4.8 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-110
8.44" 3.37"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
37" 0"
bailey
SNOTEL BLYC2
1.91" 1.01"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
42" 2"
nederland 4.2 e, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-233
7.53" 3.35"
allens park 1.5 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-22
13.61" 2.91"
University Camp
SNOTEL 838
42" 4"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
52" 6"
estes park 1.7 w, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1115
9.69" 2.29"
Middle Fork Camp
SNOTEL 1014
25" 0"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
37" 1"
dillon 2.3 se, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-16
15.71" 0.03"
cabin creek
SNOTEL GCRC2
13.91" 1.86"
la garita 5.6 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SA-11
1.31" 0.36"
evergreen 5 w, co
SNOTEL CO-CC-2
3.58" 1.69"
dillon,co
SNOTEL DLLC2
11.95" 0.04"
evergreen 6.5 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CC-1
3.82" 1.73"
Copeland Lake
SNOTEL 412
27" 6"
Sargents Mesa
SNOTEL 1128
17" 1"
Lily Pond
SNOTEL 580
30" 2"
estes park,co
SNOTEL ETSC2
3.78" 2.16"
del norte,co
SNOTEL DLNC2
0.98" 0.29"
lake george 7.2 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-39
0.47" 0"
jamestown 2.5 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-343
3.85" 3.14"
pitkin 1.1 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-59
21.15" -0.03"
evergreen 3.4 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-CC-22
3.63" 1.7"
vail 2.6 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-19
23.25" 0.91"
Stillwater Creek
SNOTEL 793
23" 0"
ward 4.6 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-202
12.31" 3.49"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
25.72" 0.82"
golden 12.5 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-331
9.38" 4.82"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
36" 0"
estes park 1.8 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-987
3.24" 2.35"
georgetown
SNOTEL GEOC2
3.63" 1.82"
silverthorne 21 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-35
16.5" 1.2"
bonanza 6.6 s, co
SNOTEL CO-SA-61
1.01" 0.61"
Sawtooth
SNOTEL 1251
58" 3"

Outdoor Recreation

Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Ski Cooper 1" 19° 1.33"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Numbers 148.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Milk Run 148.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-
Salida to Rincon 148.0cfs 10.0 Mi II+ to III
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 148.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Browns Canyon (Fisherman's Bridge to Stone Bridge) 148.0cfs 13.0 Mi III to IV-
Fractions 148.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Salida Whitewater Park 148.0cfs None Mi III- to III+
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 148.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Salida Town Run (Stone Bridge to Salida WW Park) 148.0cfs 12.0 Mi II to III