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
Terror Creek At Mouth Near Bowie
USGS 09132995
2 cfs ft
White River Near Meeker
USGS 09304500
312 cfs 2.6 ft
Roaring Fork River At Glenwood Springs
USGS 09085000
329 cfs 1.4 ft
Hubbard Creek Above Iron Point Gulch Nr Bowie
USGS 09132940
6 cfs ft
Surface Creek At Cedaredge
USGS 09143500
3 cfs 0.7 ft
East River At Almont Co.
USGS 09112500
74 cfs 2.7 ft
Castle Creek At Aspen
USGS 09075400
43 cfs ft
White River Above Coal Creek
USGS 09304200
273 cfs 1.9 ft
Yampa River Below Stagecoach Reservoir
USGS 09237500
29 cfs 2.5 ft
Crystal River Ab Avalanche C
USGS 09081600
55 cfs 0.7 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
hayden coop
SNOTEL HAYC2
13.78" -0.14"
North Lost Trail
SNOTEL 669
44" 0"
ouray .23 nnw, co
SNOTEL CO-OR-2
1.32" 0.54"
Little Snake River
SNOTEL 1047
53" -1"
Divide Peak
SNOTEL 449
36" 0"
gunnison 3wsw
SNOTEL GUXC2
1.59" 0.1"
crested butte coop
SNOTEL CBUC2
25.98" -0.18"
Trapper Lake
SNOTEL 827
9" -1"
Whiskey Park
SNOTEL 859
60" 0"
Ripple Creek
SNOTEL 717
56" -1"
Elk River
SNOTEL 467
43" 0"
Crosho
SNOTEL 426
40" 0"
cedaredge 3e
SNOTEL CEDC2
1.28" 0.09"
cimarron 8nw ham
SNOTEL CKDC2
1.59" 0.1"
gunnison coop
SNOTEL GUNC2
0.23" 0.1"
yampa 5.1 s, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-26
15.89" -0.15"
Wager Gulch
SNOTEL 1188
17" 0"
Park Reservoir
SNOTEL 682
66" 0"
Overland Res.
SNOTEL 675
30" 0"
Mesa Lakes
SNOTEL 622
41" 0"
gothic
SNOTEL GTHC2
40.42" -0.29"
glenwood springs .64 s, co
SNOTEL CO-GF-1
10.44" -0.09"
collbran 2sw
SNOTEL CBRC2
7.55" -0.08"
carbondale 4.6 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-GF-49
9.14" -0.12"
colona 4nw
SNOTEL CLNC2
0.05" -0.01"
Butte
SNOTEL 380
35" 0"
carbondale 5.9 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-51
11.65" -0.12"
Bison Lake
SNOTEL 345
52" 1"
basalt 5.8 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-6
13.84" -0.16"
montrose 7.3 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-MT-31
2.82" -0.05"
Mc Clure Pass
SNOTEL 618
30" 0"
crested butte 6.2 n, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-18
44.2" -0.32"
Burro Mountain
SNOTEL 378
30" 0"
cedaredge 1.3 e, co
SNOTEL CO-DL-54
1.15" 0.11"
rifle 3.2 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-GF-28
5.96" -0.04"
Sandstone Rs
SNOTEL 732
31" 0"
glenwood springs 7.0 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GF-67
11.77" -0.15"
Old Battle
SNOTEL 673
68" 1"
Webber Springs
SNOTEL 852
53" 0"
Mineral Creek
SNOTEL 629
23" 1"
Idarado
SNOTEL 538
26" 0"
Red Mountain Pass
SNOTEL 713
45" 0"
Schofield Pass
SNOTEL 737
74" 0"
creede 0.2 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-MN-4
0.13" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
East Marvine 7 8,114 ft
Meadow Lake 10 9,574 ft
Marvine 22 8,164 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Sunlight Mountain Resort 30" 24° 1.03"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Two Rivers to South Canyon 1080.0cfs 5.0 Mi II+ to III
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 531.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
Carbondale to Westbank (Pink to Black) 329.0cfs 7.0 Mi II
Avalanche Down 54.5cfs 12.0 Mi III
Grizzly Creek to Two Rivers Park 531.0cfs 6.0 Mi II to III
Bogan Canyon 54.5cfs 6.85 Mi III to III+
Cemetery 329.0cfs 12.0 Mi II+ to III+
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1080.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Catherine Store Section 264.0cfs 4.0 Mi II to II+
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 1080.0cfs 3.25 Mi II
Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park 1080.0cfs 0.25 Mi II to IV-
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1080.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1080.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
New Castle to Silt 1080.0cfs 7.6 Mi II
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1080.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Barrel Springs 531.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 531.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1080.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Barrel Springs 531.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 1080.0cfs 3.25 Mi II