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
Taylor River Below Taylor Park Reservoir
USGS 09109000
89 cfs 3.5 ft
Arkansas River At Salida
USGS 07091500
291 cfs 2.7 ft
Cottonwood Creek Near Crestone
USGS 08229500
2 cfs 0.5 ft
Lincoln Creek Bl Grizzly Reservoir
USGS 09073005
1 cfs 1.1 ft
San Francisco C At Upper Sta
USGS 08220900
2 cfs 0.4 ft
Wurtz Ditch Near Tenneessee Pass
USGS 09062500
-999 cfs -4.1 ft
S Platte R Ab 11-Mile Canyon Re
USGS 06695000
134 cfs 1.2 ft
Carnero Creek Near La Garita
USGS 08230500
16 cfs 2.4 ft
Rio Grande Near Del Norte
USGS 08220000
750 cfs 1.8 ft
Cotton Creek Near Mineral Hot Springs
USGS 08226700
6 cfs 3.0 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
60" 5"
golden 12.5 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-331
3.71" 2.56"
Sawtooth
SNOTEL 1251
63" 4"
conifer 5.7 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-222
3.78" 1.72"
silverthorne 21 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-35
0.37" 0"
cabin creek
SNOTEL GCRC2
20.91" 4.1"
buena vista,co
SNOTEL BNVC2
1.88" -0.11"
estes park,co
SNOTEL ETSC2
5.8" 2.92"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
20" 3"
jamestown 2.5 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-343
6.12" 3.61"
ward 4.6 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-202
11.48" 6.42"
nathrop 1.9 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CF-54
1.28" -0.1"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
26" 0"
estes park 1.7 w, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1115
6.41" 2.99"
San Antonio Sink
SNOTEL 1172
1" 1"
estes park 10.5 se, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1019
9.48" 6.28"
nederland 3.7 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-296
5.43" 2.94"
evergreen 6.5 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CC-1
6.02" 4.06"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
33" 2"
Grayback
SNOTEL 1058
8" 0"
Summit Ranch
SNOTEL 802
17" 2"
nederland 2.61 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-75
6.13" 3.25"
Hopewell
SNOTEL 532
27" 0"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
0.36" 0"
University Camp
SNOTEL 838
55" 4"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
33" -3"
Sargents Mesa
SNOTEL 1128
35" 0"
nederland 4.2 e, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-233
4.68" 2.68"
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
13.4" 0.36"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
57" 6"
south platte river
SNOTEL ANTC2
2.42" -0.32"
nederland 4.8 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-110
4.98" 2.77"
nederland 5.8 e, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-57
4.54" 2.66"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
48" 2"
amrad
SNOTEL CNRC2
5.56" 3.34"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
49" 7"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
24" 0"
Buckskin Joe
SNOTEL 938
33" -1"
Lily Pond
SNOTEL 580
23" 0"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
59" 6"
Wild Basin
SNOTEL 1042
43" 0"
South Colony
SNOTEL 773
51" -4"
fairplay 2.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-15
26.53" 1.43"
estes park 1.8 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-767
6.5" 3.31"
rollinsville 1.7 e, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-25
3.69" 2.36"
Bear Lake
SNOTEL 322
57" 8"
estes park 3.3 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-247
7.49" 3.73"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
16.4" 0.01"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
49" 4"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
48" 4"
estes park 1.8 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-987
6.43" 3.25"
Moon Pass
SNOTEL 1124
15" 0"
rollinsville 1.1 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-17
12.99" 2.67"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
46" 1"
georgetown
SNOTEL GEOC2
4.14" 2.84"
aspen springs amrad
SNOTEL ASIC2
3.7" 2.65"
allens park 1.5 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-22
12.21" 7.12"
Cumbres Trestle
SNOTEL 431
44" -1"
Michigan Creek
SNOTEL 937
36" 0"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
24" 3"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
40" 4"
Beaver Ck Village
SNOTEL 1041
17" 2"
Ute Creek
SNOTEL 1005
28" -1"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
39" 3"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
28" 1"
nathrop 3.3 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CF-19
1.31" -0.06"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
36.92" 0.39"
bailey
SNOTEL BLYC2
3.18" 1.1"
evergreen 3.4 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-CC-22
5.47" 3.88"
Copeland Lake
SNOTEL 412
10" 4"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
39" 6"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
38" 4"
lake george 7.2 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-39
1.35" 0.15"
grant
SNOTEL GRTC2
7.58" 2.98"
nederland 0.4 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-322
5.74" 3.27"
evergreen 5 w, co
SNOTEL CO-CC-2
5.48" 3.83"

Outdoor Recreation

Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Ski Cooper 33" 27° 10.52"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Milk Run 233.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-
Browns Canyon (Fisherman's Bridge to Stone Bridge) 221.0cfs 13.0 Mi III to IV-
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 233.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Salida to Rincon 233.0cfs 10.0 Mi II+ to III
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 221.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Salida Whitewater Park 233.0cfs None Mi III- to III+
Numbers 233.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Fractions 221.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Salida Town Run (Stone Bridge to Salida WW Park) 233.0cfs 12.0 Mi II to III