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
Pinos Creek Near Del Norte
USGS 08220500
14 cfs 0.9 ft
Grape Creek Near Westcliffe
USGS 07095000
9 cfs 0.6 ft
Homestake Creek At Gold Park
USGS 09064000
11 cfs 4.1 ft
Rio Grande Near Monte Vista
USGS 08221500
135 cfs 3.0 ft
Columbine Ditch Near Fremont Pass
USGS 09061500
-999 cfs -0.1 ft
Lake Creek Above Twin Lakes Reservoir
USGS 07084500
69 cfs 2.7 ft
Arkansas River Near Nathrop
USGS 07091200
260 cfs 3.7 ft
North Crestone Creek Near Crestone
USGS 08227500
2 cfs 0.6 ft
S Platte R Ab 11-Mile Canyon Re
USGS 06695000
79 cfs 0.9 ft
Lake Fork Below Sugar Loaf Reservoir
USGS 07082500
4 cfs 0.3 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
bonanza 6.6 s, co
SNOTEL CO-SA-61
1.17" 0"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
24" -4"
pitkin 1.1 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-59
4.06" 3.01"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
8" 0"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
20" 0"
Bear Lake
SNOTEL 322
5" 0"
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
7.01" 6.4"
Porphyry Creek
SNOTEL 701
8" 0"
golden 12.5 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-331
0.51" 0"
High Lonesome
SNOTEL 1187
17" -1"
silverthorne 21 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-35
1.48" 0"
Willow Creek Pass
SNOTEL 869
6" 0"
Cumbres Trestle
SNOTEL 431
2" 0"
aspen springs amrad
SNOTEL ASIC2
2.06" 0"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
13" 0"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
19" 0"
fairplay 2.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-15
4.75" 0"
Buckskin Joe
SNOTEL 938
1" 0"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
17" 0"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
5" 0"
Stillwater Creek
SNOTEL 793
13" 0"
lake george 7.2 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-39
0.61" 0"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
6" 0"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
12" -1"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
16" -1"
Lily Pond
SNOTEL 580
3" 0"
georgetown
SNOTEL GEOC2
1.24" 0"
Fool Creek
SNOTEL 1186
19" 1"
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
18" 0"
South Colony
SNOTEL 773
7" -1"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
11" 0"
Grayback
SNOTEL 1058
2" 0"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
10" 0"
University Camp
SNOTEL 838
9" 0"
Middle Fork Camp
SNOTEL 1014
2" -1"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
6" -1"
ward 4.6 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-202
0.62" 0"
Niwot
SNOTEL 663
4" 0"
cabin creek
SNOTEL GCRC2
3.62" 0"
vail 2.6 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-19
4.92" 1.84"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
12" 0"
Medano Pass
SNOTEL 914
3" 1"
Sawtooth
SNOTEL 1251
15" -1"
Lake Eldora
SNOTEL 564
7" 0"
south platte river
SNOTEL ANTC2
1.57" 0"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
20" 0"
Nast Lake
SNOTEL 658
1" 2"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
1" 0"
rollinsville 1.1 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-17
1.87" 0"
grant
SNOTEL GRTC2
4.14" 0"
dillon 2.3 se, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-16
2.18" 0"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
2" 0"
frisco 0.5 n, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-4
2.68" 0"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
1.34" 0.96"
Echo Lake
SNOTEL 936
1" 0"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
6.32" 2.61"
Wild Basin
SNOTEL 1042
2" -3"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
1" 0"
Ute Creek
SNOTEL 1005
1" -1"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
11.93" 0.69"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
15" 0"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
19" 0"
Columbine
SNOTEL 408
11" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Ski Cooper 1" 40° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Milk Run 148.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-
Salida to Rincon 148.0cfs 10.0 Mi II+ to III
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 148.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Salida Whitewater Park 148.0cfs None Mi III- to III+
Browns Canyon (Fisherman's Bridge to Stone Bridge) 148.0cfs 13.0 Mi III to IV-
Salida Town Run (Stone Bridge to Salida WW Park) 148.0cfs 12.0 Mi II to III
Numbers 148.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Fractions 148.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 148.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-