Salida Town Run (Stone Bridge To Salida Ww Park)


If you are looking for a longer run that ends in some of the best play waves in the country then this is for you.  This section has some rapids and flatwater above the town that is good for beginners to lose their training wheels.  See the Salida Whitewater Park on the river listings for info about that.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Arkansas River are between a bare minimum of 500cfs and a high of 4,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 07087050, the Arkansas River Below Granite Remember only watercraft are permitted at Salida Town Run (Stone Bridge to Salida WW Park).

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Whitewater Rapids

Obstacles on the river run
Squaw Creek Rapid
Class II+ to III
Shavano Hatchery low-head dam
Class III

Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
North Fork Fryingpan River Near Norrie
USGS 09078500
21 cfs 2.7 ft
Arkansas River Below Granite
USGS 07087050
148 cfs 11.1 ft
Wurtz Ditch Near Tenneessee Pass
USGS 09062500
-999 cfs -0.6 ft
Kerber Cr Abv Little Kerber Cr Nr Villa Grove
USGS 08224500
3 cfs 0.5 ft
Arkansas River At Salida
USGS 07091500
239 cfs 2.6 ft
Rio Grande Near Monte Vista
USGS 08221500
152 cfs 3.0 ft
Tomichi Creek At Sargents
USGS 09115500
29 cfs 1.0 ft
Arkansas River At Granite
USGS 07086000
109 cfs 2.3 ft
La Garita Creek Near La Garita
USGS 08231000
1 cfs 1.3 ft
Arkansas River Below Empire Gulch Near Malta
USGS 07083710
85 cfs 3.0 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
2" 0"
Columbine
SNOTEL 408
11" 0"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
15" -1"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
26" 3"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
8" 0"
Niwot
SNOTEL 663
4" 0"
pitkin 1.1 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-59
0.53" -1.33"
Bear Lake
SNOTEL 322
5" 0"
Porphyry Creek
SNOTEL 701
8" 0"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
11" -1"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
4" -1"
University Camp
SNOTEL 838
8" 0"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
11" -1"
Willow Creek Pass
SNOTEL 869
7" 0"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
10" 0"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
9" 0"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
11.16" -0.31"
Grayback
SNOTEL 1058
2" 0"
Chamita
SNOTEL 394
1" 0"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
18" -1"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
5" 0"
Michigan Creek
SNOTEL 937
12" 0"
vail 2.6 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-19
2.64" -1.23"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
19" 0"
Middle Fork Camp
SNOTEL 1014
3" 0"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
14" 0"
Willow Park
SNOTEL 870
6" -1"
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
4.69" -1.08"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
1" 0"
Cumbres Trestle
SNOTEL 431
2" 0"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
17" 1"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
0.04" -0.56"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
11" -1"
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
18" 1"
Buckskin Joe
SNOTEL 938
1" 0"
South Colony
SNOTEL 773
7" 0"
High Lonesome
SNOTEL 1187
16" -1"
frisco 0.5 n, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-4
0.08" -0.99"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
13" 0"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
4.91" -0.83"
Stillwater Creek
SNOTEL 793
13" -1"
Lake Eldora
SNOTEL 564
6" 0"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
19" 0"
Nast Lake
SNOTEL 658
1" 1"
Sawtooth
SNOTEL 1251
15" 0"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
7" 0"
Wild Basin
SNOTEL 1042
4" 1"
Lake Irene
SNOTEL 565
16" 0"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
18" -1"
Lily Pond
SNOTEL 580
1" 0"
Fool Creek
SNOTEL 1186
18" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Monarch Ski & Snowboard Area 8" 34° 0"
Ski Cooper 1" 40° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Salida to Rincon 148.0cfs 10.0 Mi II+ to III
Fractions 148.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 148.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 12.9cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
Milk Run 148.0cfs 4.0 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-
Salida Whitewater Park 148.0cfs None Mi III- to III+
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+