Salida Whitewater Park


Salida is home to one of the best kayak surf and rodeo parks in the country.  It is also home to the oldest whitewater festival in the United States.  See the external resources section below for the link to FIBARK.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Arkansas River are between a bare minimum of 300cfs and a high of 1,500cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 07087050, the Arkansas River Below Granite Remember only watercraft are permitted at Salida Whitewater Park.

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Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Rio Grande Near Monte Vista
USGS 08221500
114 cfs 2.9 ft
Missouri Creek Near Gold Park
USGS 09063900
1 cfs 1.3 ft
Cottonwood Creek Near Crestone
USGS 08229500
2 cfs 0.4 ft
Ewing Ditch At Tennessee Pass
USGS 09062000
1 cfs 0.1 ft
Eagle River Near Minturn
USGS 09064600
50 cfs 3.1 ft
South Platte River Near Lake George
USGS 06696000
95 cfs 1.0 ft
Pinos Creek Near Del Norte
USGS 08220500
6 cfs 0.6 ft
Huerfano R At Manzanares Xing
USGS 07111000
11 cfs 3.3 ft
North Crestone Creek Near Crestone
USGS 08227500
2 cfs 0.6 ft
Arkansas River Below Granite
USGS 07087050
130 cfs 11.0 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
1" 0"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
11" 0"
Grayback
SNOTEL 1058
1" -1"
Willow Creek Pass
SNOTEL 869
1" 1"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
1" 0"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
10" 0"
Lily Pond
SNOTEL 580
2" 1"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
1" 1"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
1" 0"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
1" 0"
Stillwater Creek
SNOTEL 793
1" 1"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
1" 0"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
1" 0"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
1" 1"
Echo Lake
SNOTEL 936
1" 0"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
1" 1"

Outdoor Recreation

Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Ski Cooper 0" 58° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Browns Canyon (Fisherman's Bridge to Stone Bridge) 130.0cfs 13.0 Mi III to IV-
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 130.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Milk Run 130.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-
Fractions 130.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Numbers 130.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Salida to Rincon 130.0cfs 10.0 Mi II+ to III
Salida Town Run (Stone Bridge to Salida WW Park) 130.0cfs 12.0 Mi II to III
Salida Whitewater Park 130.0cfs None Mi III- to III+
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 130.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+