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
Roaring Fork River Ab Lost Man C
USGS 09072550
4 cfs 1.2 ft
Taylor River Below Taylor Park Reservoir
USGS 09109000
275 cfs 4.3 ft
Ewing Ditch At Tennessee Pass
USGS 09062000
3 cfs 0.4 ft
Homestake Creek At Gold Park
USGS 09064000
25 cfs 4.3 ft
Tenmile Creek Bl North Tenmile C
USGS 09050100
203 cfs 2.7 ft
Keystone Gulch Near Dillon
USGS 09047700
8 cfs 2.1 ft
South Fork Rio Grande At South Fork
USGS 08219500
140 cfs 2.2 ft
Ef Arkansas R At Us Hiway 24
USGS 07079300
85 cfs 3.3 ft
Cottonwood Creek Near Crestone
USGS 08229500
4 cfs 0.6 ft
Arkansas River Near Nathrop
USGS 07091200
988 cfs 5.1 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change

Outdoor Recreation

Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Monarch Ski & Snowboard Area 36" 57° 0"
Ski Cooper 29" 58° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Numbers 183.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Salida to Rincon 183.0cfs 10.0 Mi II+ to III
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 183.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Milk Run 183.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 808.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Browns Canyon (Fisherman's Bridge to Stone Bridge) 808.0cfs 13.0 Mi III to IV-
Fractions 183.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Salida Town Run (Stone Bridge to Salida WW Park) 183.0cfs 12.0 Mi II to III
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 12.9cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
Salida Whitewater Park 183.0cfs None Mi III- to III+