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 Crestone Creek Near Crestone
USGS 08227500
30 cfs 1.4 ft
South Fork Rio Grande At South Fork
USGS 08219500
126 cfs 2.2 ft
Cottonwood Creek Near Crestone
USGS 08229500
40 cfs 1.5 ft
Bemrose-Hoosier Diversion Near Hoosier Pass
USGS 09044300
5 cfs 0.4 ft
Arkansas River Below Granite
USGS 07087050
744 cfs 5.0 ft
North Fork Fryingpan River Near Norrie
USGS 09078500
173 cfs 4.0 ft
Taylor River At Taylor Park
USGS 09107000
94 cfs 1.6 ft
Taylor River Below Taylor Park Reservoir
USGS 09109000
251 cfs 4.2 ft
Arkansas River Near Leadville
USGS 07081200
190 cfs 5.6 ft
Ewing Ditch At Tennessee Pass
USGS 09062000
1 cfs 0.2 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Buckskin Joe
SNOTEL 938
182" 0"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
1" 0"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
189" 0"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
1" 0"
Moon Pass
SNOTEL 1124
1" 0"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
1" 0"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
1" 0"
Grayback
SNOTEL 1058
3" 1"
Lily Pond
SNOTEL 580
6" -5"

Outdoor Recreation

Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Monarch Ski & Snowboard Area 0" 56° 0"
Ski Cooper 182" 58° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 76.7cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
Salida Whitewater Park 744.0cfs None Mi III- to III+
Milk Run 744.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-
Fractions 744.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Salida Town Run (Stone Bridge to Salida WW Park) 744.0cfs 12.0 Mi II to III
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 744.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Numbers 744.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Salida to Rincon 744.0cfs 10.0 Mi II+ to III
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 744.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Browns Canyon (Fisherman's Bridge to Stone Bridge) 744.0cfs 13.0 Mi III to IV-