South Canyon To Riverbend (Tibbet's)


Splashy waves and a few holes to hit.  Crossing under the train tracks is the biggest hazard.  Stay close to the left column to avoid the downriver right column.  Some sharp metal on the columns.  Over 20,000 cfs it gets ugly, but still is runnable.  Dinosaur hole should be avoided, run right.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Colorado River are between a bare minimum of 1,200cfs and a high of 30,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 09085100, the Colorado River Below Glenwood Springs Remember only watercraft are permitted at South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's).

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Whitewater Rapids

Obstacles on the river run
Dinosaur Hole
Class II to III

Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Yampa River Above Elkhead Creek Near Hayden
USGS 09244490
178 cfs 1.4 ft
Roaring Fork River Near Emma
USGS 09081000
513 cfs 5.6 ft
Castle Creek At Aspen
USGS 09075400
43 cfs ft
Muddy Creek At Bardine
USGS 09131500
136 cfs 4.4 ft
North Fork Gunnison River Below Paonia
USGS 09134100
40 cfs 0.7 ft
Taylor River At Almont
USGS 09110000
366 cfs 2.3 ft
Yampa River Near Maybell
USGS 09251000
182 cfs 1.7 ft
Roaring Fork River At Glenwood Springs
USGS 09085000
814 cfs 2.9 ft
Hubbard Creek Above Iron Point Gulch Nr Bowie
USGS 09132940
6 cfs ft
Uncompahgre River At Delta
USGS 09149500
383 cfs 3.7 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Overland Res.
SNOTEL 675
1" 1"
Sandstone Rs
SNOTEL 732
1" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Meadow Lake 10 9,574 ft
Marvine 22 8,164 ft
East Marvine 7 8,114 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Sunlight Mountain Resort -1" 68° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Two Rivers to South Canyon 2270.0cfs 5.0 Mi II+ to III
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 2270.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Grizzly Creek to Two Rivers Park 1840.0cfs 6.0 Mi II to III
Avalanche Down 227.0cfs 12.0 Mi III
Cemetery 814.0cfs 12.0 Mi II+ to III+
Bogan Canyon 227.0cfs 6.85 Mi III to III+
Catherine Store Section 513.0cfs 4.0 Mi II to II+
Barrel Springs 1840.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 1840.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
Barrel Springs 1840.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 1840.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
New Castle to Silt 2270.0cfs 7.6 Mi II
Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park 2270.0cfs 0.25 Mi II to IV-
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 2270.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 2270.0cfs 3.25 Mi II
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 2270.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 2270.0cfs 3.25 Mi II
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 2270.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Carbondale to Westbank (Pink to Black) 814.0cfs 7.0 Mi II
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 2270.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III