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
Cottonwood Creek Near Crestone
USGS 08229500
-999 cfs 0.0 ft
Eagle River Near Minturn
USGS 09064600
53 cfs 3.1 ft
Rio Grande Near Monte Vista
USGS 08221500
195 cfs 3.1 ft
Homestake Creek At Gold Park
USGS 09064000
11 cfs 4.7 ft
Missouri Creek Near Gold Park
USGS 09063900
2 cfs 1.4 ft
Wurtz Ditch Near Tenneessee Pass
USGS 09062500
-999 cfs -0.6 ft
Arkansas River Below Granite
USGS 07087050
148 cfs 11.1 ft
Lake Creek Above Twin Lakes Reservoir
USGS 07084500
-999 cfs 5.4 ft
Carnero Creek Near La Garita
USGS 08230500
-999 cfs 1.7 ft
Lincoln Creek Bl Grizzly Reservoir
USGS 09073005
1 cfs 1.1 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
great sand dunes natl mon
SNOTEL GSDC2
2.35" 0.46"
Copeland Lake
SNOTEL 412
27" 2"
nederland 4.2 e, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-233
6.63" -0.9"
nederland 3.7 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-296
8.84" -0.66"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
56" -1"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
37" 0"
nederland 4.8 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-110
7.64" -0.8"
bonanza 6.6 s, co
SNOTEL CO-SA-61
0.91" -0.1"
dillon 2.3 se, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-16
15.54" -0.17"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
42" 0"
Ute Creek
SNOTEL 1005
20" 1"
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
24.46" -0.24"
nederland 0.4 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-322
8.42" -0.59"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
32" 2"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
29" 3"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
43" 0"
rollinsville 1.7 e, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-25
6.44" -0.69"
estes park 1.8 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-767
7.3" -0.42"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
9" -1"
Willow Creek Pass
SNOTEL 869
37" -1"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
40" 2"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
31" 0"
Middle Fork Camp
SNOTEL 1014
25" -1"
ward 4.6 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-202
11.51" -0.8"
buena vista,co
SNOTEL BNVC2
1.36" 0.29"
aspen springs amrad
SNOTEL ASIC2
2.99" -0.73"
lake george 7.2 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-39
0.21" -0.26"
Porphyry Creek
SNOTEL 701
42" -1"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
38" 1"
dillon,co
SNOTEL DLLC2
11.8" -0.15"
nathrop 3.3 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CF-19
0.93" 0.14"
Niwot
SNOTEL 663
35" 1"
del norte,co
SNOTEL DLNC2
1.52" 0.54"
nathrop 1.9 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CF-54
0.76" 0.06"
alamosa 1.1 n, co
SNOTEL CO-AM-31
0.33" 0.26"
estes park 1.8 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-987
2.68" -0.56"
Hopewell
SNOTEL 532
32" 1"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
35" 3"
alamosa 2ssw
SNOTEL ASWC2
0.6" 0.45"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
33" 0"
la garita 5.6 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SA-11
1.66" 0.35"
nederland 2.61 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-75
6.09" -0.82"
frisco 0.5 n, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-4
17.77" -0.2"
conifer 5.7 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-222
1.47" -0.32"
estes park 1.7 w, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1115
9.21" -0.48"
estes park 10.5 se, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1019
4.69" -0.5"
University Camp
SNOTEL 838
43" 1"
amrad
SNOTEL CNRC2
3.51" -0.63"
georgetown
SNOTEL GEOC2
3.14" -0.49"
Moon Pass
SNOTEL 1124
12" 2"
Lily Pond
SNOTEL 580
32" 2"
rollinsville 1.1 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-17
12.12" -0.67"
del norte 3.3 e, co
SNOTEL CO-RG-16
1.53" 0.54"
pitkin 1.1 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-59
21.04" -0.11"
Stillwater Creek
SNOTEL 793
21" 0"
cabin creek
SNOTEL GCRC2
13.32" -0.59"
vail 2.6 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-19
23.03" -0.22"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
14" 2"
south platte river
SNOTEL ANTC2
0.36" -0.04"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
25.48" -0.24"
estes park 3.3 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-247
2.79" -0.63"
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
42" 0"
Wild Basin
SNOTEL 1042
40" -2"
silverthorne 21 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-35
16.35" -0.15"
High Lonesome
SNOTEL 1187
51" 0"
Sawtooth
SNOTEL 1251
56" -1"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
37" 3"
jamestown 2.5 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-343
3.21" -0.64"
bailey
SNOTEL BLYC2
1.63" -0.28"
allens park 1.5 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-22
12.8" -0.81"
Copper Mountain
SNOTEL 415
36" 0"
Grayback
SNOTEL 1058
9" 3"
Medano Pass
SNOTEL 914
19" 1"
crestone 5.3 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-SA-66
0.15" -0.06"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
38" 0"
Rough And Tumble
SNOTEL 939
11" 0"
Michigan Creek
SNOTEL 937
29" 1"
Nast Lake
SNOTEL 658
27" 0"
Summit Ranch
SNOTEL 802
26" 1"
evergreen 5 w, co
SNOTEL CO-CC-2
3.01" -0.57"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
39" 2"
saguache 0.4 e, co
SNOTEL CO-SA-59
0.64" 0"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
31" -1"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
18.59" -0.21"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
18.8" -0.24"
san luis valley regional
SNOTEL ALS
1" 0"
Echo Lake
SNOTEL 936
14" 1"
evergreen 3.4 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-CC-22
3.04" -0.59"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
50" -1"
grant
SNOTEL GRTC2
1.92" -0.29"
nederland 5.8 e, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-57
8.83" -0.93"
y motel
SNOTEL E33
10.88" 0.98"
evergreen 6.5 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CC-1
3.26" -0.56"

Outdoor Recreation

Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Ski Cooper 1" 19° 1.33"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Numbers 148.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Milk Run 148.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-
Fractions 148.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Salida Town Run (Stone Bridge to Salida WW Park) 148.0cfs 12.0 Mi II to III
Salida to Rincon 148.0cfs 10.0 Mi II+ to III
Browns Canyon (Fisherman's Bridge to Stone Bridge) 148.0cfs 13.0 Mi III to IV-
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 148.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Salida Whitewater Park 148.0cfs None Mi III- to III+
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 148.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+