Purgatoire River

Streamflow Hydrology Weather

Purgatoire River Levels

September 29 2023


Discharge Volume Today
-0.4 cfs (-0.28%) since yesterday
24.91% of normal Very Low

Total streamflow across the Purgatoire River was last observed at 143 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 283 acre-ft of water today; about 25% of normal. River levels are low and may signify a drought. Average streamflow for this time of year is 573 cfs, with recent peaks last observed on 2017-05-13 when daily discharge volume was observed at 11,568 cfs.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Purgatoire River Below Trinidad Lake reporting a streamflow rate of 59.6 cfs. However, the streamgauge with the highest stage along the river is the Purgatoire River At Rock Crossing Nr Timpas with a gauge stage of 6.28 ft. This river is monitored from 7 different streamgauging stations along the Purgatoire River, the highest being situated at an altitude of 6,265 ft, the Purgatoire River At Madrid.

Last Updated 2023-09-29
Streamflow 142.7 cfs
Percent of Normal 24.91%
Maximum 11,568.0 cfs

About the purgatoire river

The Purgatoire River, also known as the Purgatory River, is a 200-mile-long tributary of the Arkansas River in southern Colorado and western Kansas. The river has a rich history dating back to the ancient Puebloan people who lived in the area. The river is known for its unique geology and hydrology, including the famous Picketwire Canyonlands, where dinosaur tracks can be seen. The river's flow is regulated by several reservoirs and dams, including the Purgatoire River Diversion Dam and the Valdez Reservoir. The river is used for agricultural purposes, including irrigation, and is a popular destination for recreational activities such as fishing, kayaking, and camping. The Purgatoire River is an important natural resource in the region, providing water for wildlife and people alike.

Streamgauge Streamflow Gauge Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
Purgatoire River At Madrid
USGS 07124200
35 cfs 2.75 ft -3.88
Purgatoire River Below Trinidad Lake
USGS 07124410
60 cfs 5.11 ft 0
Purgatoire River At Trinidad
USGS 07124500
48 cfs 1.46 ft 2.11
Purgatoire River Near Thatcher
USGS 07126300
4 cfs 2.05 ft -17.39
Purgatoire River At Rock Crossing Nr Timpas
USGS 07126485
13 cfs 6.28 ft -3.65
Purgatoire River At Ninemile Dam
USGS 07126500
5 cfs 2.83 ft -6.69
Purgatoire River Near Las Animas
USGS 07128500
9 cfs 2.63 ft -5.16

Peak Annual Discharge

Purgatoire River Maximum Total Discharge

Seasonal Comparison

Purgatoire River Year Over Year Discharge

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