Planning a River Trip?
Warning High Water Danger
Current high water levels are creating potentially dangerous river conditions.
Swift water, dangerous currents: Not all hazards can be seen from the surface, even gentle stretches of water can have dangerous undercurrents.
Debris and Tree snags: It’s creating dangerous undercurrents that can trap you underwater. Debris can also puncture rafts.
Cold Water Temperatures: Hypothermia is a very real concern. Water will be colder the deeper the River gets, creating a potentially deadly situation for even the strongest of swimmers.
Unstable Riverbanks: Ground can erode underneath, and breakaway without warning. If you’re standing on it, you can get swept away.
Don't Swim at Boat Ramps: Currents can quickly drag someone underwater or downstream.
Conditions will change day by day: As the weather heats up or cools down, snow will melt at a different pace creating ever changing river conditions.
Always Wear a Life Jacket: This is NOT the year to skip wearing a life jacket! Life jackets are available to borrow for free at many boat ramps thanks to the Save-A-Life Jacket Program.
Use Proper Equipment: Using pool toys and inner tubes on the river is putting your life at risk. Use equipment designed for the river, sub-standard equipment will not protect you from river hazards.
Enjoy the River Sober: Rafting impaired puts your life at risk.
Raft in Groups: Raft with others, not alone. A preferred minimum is three boats. Let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return.
Know your limits: Do not attempt a section of river beyond your skill level.
Pay attention to weather and water conditions: Dress for the water temperature. If the water temperature and air temperature combined total 100 degrees or less, wear protective clothing.
Have an Emergency? Call 911: Search and Rescue services are free.
A delayed start to spring runoff and above average snowpack is why we are seeing high swift water this year. The Colorado River is expected to run high for a long period of time this year. Historically, high water coupled with fast moving currents, debris, and cold water temperatures have been a deadly combination especially for novice and unprepared river enthusiasts.
Visit the Colorado Basin River Forecast Center for current water levels on Mesa County rivers.
Riverfront Trails Closures
Parts of the Riverfront trail are closed because of high water. Click here for more information and detour routes.