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
Elk River Near Milner
USGS 09242500
52 cfs 1.5 ft
Crystal River Ab Avalanche C
USGS 09081600
57 cfs 0.7 ft
North Fork Gunnison River Below Paonia
USGS 09134100
6 cfs 0.3 ft
Minnesota Creek Near Paonia
USGS 09134000
4 cfs ft
East River At Almont Co.
USGS 09112500
39 cfs 2.5 ft
Gunnison River At Delta
USGS 09144250
587 cfs 2.0 ft
West Divide Creek Near Raven
USGS 09089500
0 cfs 0.8 ft
Muddy Creek At Bardine
USGS 09131500
13 cfs 3.6 ft
Yampa River Above Stagecoach Reservoir
USGS 09237450
24 cfs 2.1 ft
North Fork Gunnison River Near Somerset
USGS 09132500
47 cfs 1.3 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Whiskey Park
SNOTEL 859
1" 1"
Sandstone Rs
SNOTEL 732
3" 1"
Park Reservoir
SNOTEL 682
1" 1"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Meadow Lake 10 9,574 ft
East Marvine 7 8,114 ft
Marvine 22 8,164 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Sunlight Mountain Resort -1" 67° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1660.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Carbondale to Westbank (Pink to Black) 572.0cfs 7.0 Mi II
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1660.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Cemetery 572.0cfs 12.0 Mi II+ to III+
Barrel Springs 928.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1660.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park 1660.0cfs 0.25 Mi II to IV-
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 928.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
New Castle to Silt 1660.0cfs 7.6 Mi II
Barrel Springs 928.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Two Rivers to South Canyon 1660.0cfs 5.0 Mi II+ to III
Bogan Canyon 57.1cfs 6.85 Mi III to III+
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 1660.0cfs 3.25 Mi II
Avalanche Down 57.1cfs 12.0 Mi III
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 928.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1660.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Grizzly Creek to Two Rivers Park 928.0cfs 6.0 Mi II to III
Catherine Store Section 380.0cfs 4.0 Mi II to II+
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 1660.0cfs 3.25 Mi II
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1660.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III