Colorado - 03. Pumphouse campground to State Bridge

Colorado, Colorado, US


03. Pumphouse campground to State Bridge (Pumphouse)

Usual Difficulty III (for normal flows)
Length 11.6 Miles
Avg. Gradient 17 fpm

Lower Gore

Lower Gore
Photo of Red Gorge at about 1500 cfs by Brad Goettemoeller ( @ 1500 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-09058000 900 - 5800 cfs III 00h25m 405 cfs (too low)

River Description

From Stafford/McCutchen; Whitewater of the Southern Rockies:

This is a scenic family and fishing run that is very popular, and is also the put-in for the Gore Canyon run take-out.  This is great, as it allows increased potential for a Gore shuttle and affords ample options at the put-in for the parents and kids to arrive the night before launching.

Pumphouse run can be broken apart in a number of ways. The most popular is to launch from Pumphouse Recreation site and enjoy the upper gorge, which signals its start by the the proximity of a train tunnel on river right.  Mellow sets of class III waves lead to Eye of the Needle, where a rock in the center must be negotiated. Eye of the Needle forms two holes at flows over 4000.  This is the crux of the Upper so you can relax after this as things calm to class II.  Watch for hot springs on river left, as well as the Radium Recreation Site for another river access point.

Red gorge is next, and is much longer and typically jucier than the Upper, creating fairly consistent class III.  A sign marks one of the tougher rapids, Yarmony, which has a wave hole requiring a move from left to center. 

Take out at Rancho Del Rio or Yarmony Bridge on CR1.

Continuing to State Bridge is a short 3.9 mile stretch with some friendly wave trains. 

At low water leave it for the fishermen.

Bruce Bradshaw shared on 2004-10-14 
Craig Irwin edited 5/2013 and then again 9/2013

Rapid names are based on BLM guidebook at
Names ending in L or R indicate river left or right respectively.

Waypoints with elevations are from the field. Lat/Lon are WGS 84.

UC11, RM11, N39.99050 W106.50754, 0 ft
UC11AL, Pumphouse campground & landing, N39.98775 W106.51116, 6965 ft
UC12, RM12, N39.97760 W106.51620,
UC12A, Little Gore Canyon, N39.97015 W106.51905, 0 ft
UC12BL, Abandoned Diversion Tunnel, N39.96713 W106.52399, 6922 ft
UC13, RM13, N39.96686 W106.52504,
UC13A, Needle Eye Rapid II+, N39.96682 W106.52511, 6918 ft
UC13BL, Cabin Ruins, N39.96614 W106.53393, 6887 ft
UC14, RM14, N39.96165 W106.53989, 0 ft
UC14AL, Hot Springs, N39.96003 W106.54083, 6902 ft
UC14BL, Picnic Site, N39.95950 W106.54363, 6904 ft
UC14CR, Cabin campsite, N39.95981 W106.54998, 6894 ft
UC14DL, Cottonwood campsite, N39.95882 W106.54990, 6910 ft
UC15, RM15, N39.95504 W106.55008, 0 ft
UC15AL, Radium campground & landing, N39.94897 W106.55651, 6882 ft
UC16, RM16, N39.94532 W106.55466,
UC17, RM17, N39.94136 W106.57056,
UC17A, Red Gorge, N39.93934 W106.57290, 0 ft
UC17B, Red-Eye Rapid, N39.93553 W106.57601, 6856 ft
UC17C, Yarmony Rapid II+, N39.93367 W106.57680, 6847 ft
UC17DL, Island campsite, N39.92923 W106.57852, 6838 ft
UC18, RM18, N39.92732 W106.57830,
UC18AL, Bench campsites 3x, N39.91944 W106.57831, 6848 ft
UC18BR, Lone Tree campsite, N39.91390 W106.57953, 6825 ft
UC19, RM19, N39.91385 W106.57967,
UC20, RM20, N39.91324 W106.59563, 0 ft
UC20A, Slackwater Ends, N39.90790 W106.60670, 6809 ft
UC21, RM21, N39.90077 W106.60937,
UC21AL, Rancho Del Rio, N39.89519 W106.60890, 6792 ft
UC22, RM22, N39.89070 W106.61660,
UC22AR, Yarmony access, N39.89060 W106.61672, 6803 ft
UC23, RM23, N39.87898 W106.63096,
UC23A, Cable Rapids, N39.87106 W106.63741, 6773 ft
UC24, RM24, N39.86506 W106.64011,
UC24AL, Piney River, N39.85494 W106.64196, 6751 ft
UC25, RM25, N39.85690 W106.64652,
UC25AR, State Bridge landing, N39.85699 W106.64690, 6743 ft
UCRD, Pumphouse Road, N39.97672 W106.50109, 0 ft

Reaches of the Colorado River:

01. Hot Sulphur Springs to Hwy 40 bridge (Byers Canyon) (CO, IV)
02. Gore Canyon (CO, IV-V)
03. Pumphouse campground to Rancho Del Rio (Pumphouse) (CO, III)
04. Hanging Lake Exit 125 (I-70) to Shoshone Power Plant Exit 123 (I-70) (Barrel Springs) (CO, IV-V [V+])
05. Shoshone Power Plant, Exit 123 (I-70) to Grizzly Creek, Exit 121 (I-70) (Shoshone) (CO, III-IV)
06. Cameo Dam (Big Sur / Lucky 7) (CO, III)
07. Loma to Westwater (Ruby / Horsethief Canyons) (CO-UT, II)
08. Westwater to Rose Ranch (Westwater Canyon) (UT, I-IV)
09. Cisco (Rose Ranch) to Moab (Professor Valley) (UT, I-III)
10. Moab to Powell Reservoir (Cataract Canyon) (UT, I-IV)
11. Lees Ferry to Lake Mead (Grand Canyon) (AZ, I-V)
12. Black Canyon (AZ-NV, I)

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2013-09-08 00:25:56


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October 14 2004 (5213 days ago)
Bruce BradshawDetails
Names are based on BLM guidebook at
Names ending in L or R indicate river left or right respectively. Waypoints with elevations are
from the field. Lat/Lon are WGS 84.

UC11,RM11,N39.99050 W106.50754,0 ft
UC11AL,Pumphouse campground & landing,N39.98775 W106.51116,6965 ft
UC12,RM12,N39.97760 W106.51620,
UC12A,Little Gore Canyon,N39.97015 W106.51905,0 ft
UC12BL,Abandoned Diversion Tunnel,N39.96713 W106.52399,6922 ft
UC13,RM13,N39.96686 W106.52504,
UC13A,Needle Eye Rapid II+,N39.96682 W106.52511,6918 ft
UC13BL,Cabin Ruins,N39.96614 W106.53393,6887 ft
UC14,RM14,N39.96165 W106.53989,0 ft
UC14AL,Hot Springs,N39.96003 W106.54083,6902 ft
UC14BL,Picnic Site,N39.95950 W106.54363,6904 ft
UC14CR,Cabin campsite,N39.95981 W106.54998,6894 ft
UC14DL,Cottonwood campsite,N39.95882 W106.54990,6910 ft
UC15,RM15,N39.95504 W106.55008,0 ft
UC15AL,Radium campground & landing,N39.94897 W106.55651,6882 ft
UC16,RM16,N39.94532 W106.55466,
UC17,RM17,N39.94136 W106.57056,
UC17A,Red Gorge,N39.93934 W106.57290,0 ft
UC17B,Red-Eye Rapid,N39.93553 W106.57601,6856 ft
UC17C,Yarmony Rapid II+,N39.93367 W106.57680,6847 ft
UC17DL,Island campsite,N39.92923 W106.57852,6838 ft
UC18,RM18,N39.92732 W106.57830,
UC18AL,Bench campsites 3x,N39.91944 W106.57831,6848 ft
UC18BR,Lone Tree campsite,N39.91390 W106.57953,6825 ft
UC19,RM19,N39.91385 W106.57967,
UC20,RM20,N39.91324 W106.59563,0 ft
UC20A,Slackwater Ends,N39.90790 W106.60670,6809 ft
UC21,RM21,N39.90077 W106.60937,
UC21AL,Rancho Del Rio,N39.89519 W106.60890,6792 ft
UC22,RM22,N39.89070 W106.61660,
UC22AR,Yarmony access,N39.89060 W106.61672,6803 ft
UC23,RM23,N39.87898 W106.63096,
UC23A,Cable Rapids,N39.87106 W106.63741,6773 ft
UC24,RM24,N39.86506 W106.64011,
UC24AL,Piney River,N39.85494 W106.64196,6751 ft
UC25,RM25,N39.85690 W106.64652,
UC25AR,State Bridge landing,N39.85699 W106.64690,6743 ft
UCRD,Pumphouse Road,N39.97672 W106.50109,0 ft

Associated Projects

  • Basin Non-Consumptive Needs Assesments (CO)
    AW is working to define stream-flows that meet recreational boating needs across Colorado. In both the Colorado and Yampa River Basin's, AW has helped develop baseline data for whitewater recreation
  • Upper Colorado River (CO)
    American Whitewater is working with various stakeholders to develop a resource management plan for the BLM, as an alternative to "Wild and Scenic River" management.