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Colorado River - colorado
Updated Aug. 21, 2019, 9:45 a.m.
II to II+
Feet / Mile
Streamflow 3830 cfs
Average 10000 cfs
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Current Weather 97° Hot
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The Ruby-Horsethief section of the Colorado River, from Loma, Colorado, to Westwater, Utah, is a 25-mile stretch of mostly flatwater with sections of Class I and II. This section of the Colorado runs through beautiful red rock canyons and has many day hike opportunities offering both solitude and exploration. The Black Rock section is composed of rock known as Vishnu schist, which dates back about 1.7 billion years. This same rock, which geologists refer to as “an unconformity”, is exposed in certain sections of the Grand Canyon. There is an abundance of wildlife including great blue herons, bald eagles, peregrine falcons, mule deer, and desert bighorn sheep. Weather on the river today will be sunny and hot, with a high near 97. southeast wind 5 to 15 mph becoming west southwest in the morning.

This run is accessible from just a single access point, Access - Loma, located along the Colorado River. The Horsethief and Ruby Canyons is also ideal for multi day paddlers as the run features numerous campsites. Campers will find 20 riverside campsites as the run winds its way through 27 miles of the beautiful Colorado River.

Season Begins: January & Ends: December

Streamflow Conditions

The Horsethief and Ruby Canyons is currently runnable with streamflow levels at 3830cfs, about -56% below the average runnable rate of 10000cfs. Streamflow levels and subsequent run conditions for Horsethief And Ruby Canyons are sourced from the USGS streamflow gage located at Colorado River Near Colorado-Utah State Line.

Our recommended river levels for paddling this section of the Colorado River are between a bare minimum of 1000cfs and a high of 25000cfs. Paddlers can expect to come across numerous class II to II+ obstacles as they float down this 27 mile stretch of the Colorado River.

Weather Overview: 97° Today, Hot

Over the course of the next 5 days, weather conditions on the river are expected to range between Sunny and hot, with a high near 97. Southeast wind 5 to 15 mph becoming west southwest in the morning. to sunny and hot, with a high near 99. east wind around 5 mph becoming west in the afternoon. winds could gust as high as 20 mph. It doesn't look like there's any substantial snow forecasted this week with air temperatures ranging between 97° - 99°

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