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La Junta Run Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Rio Grande River

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La Junta Run Info
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Put In:  Little Arsenic Springs
Take Out:  John Dunn Bridge
Difficulty:  Class II , Class III
Gradient:  11 ft/mi
Run Length:  10 miles
Current Streamflow:  340 cfs @ 12/14/2016 11:15 AM - RIO GRANDE NEAR CERRO, NM, reading taken from USGS
Flow Information (phone):  BLM, 505-758-8148. Rio Grande River below Taos Junction Bridge, NM.
Good Level:  800-5,000 cfs
Season Comments:  April, May, June, July
Permit:  Self registration at the put-in.
Character/Similar To:  Intermediate run with some good Class III rapids. Often combined with the Taos Box run just downstream.
Hazards:  Remote area
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  Mixed
Wilderness:  No
Camping on River:  A few small campsites, although few boaters stop overnight on this run.
Location:  In the Canyon Country (NM), 90 miles North of Santa Fe
Shuttle Logistics: 

Put-in: Turn west off New Mexico 522 about 3 miles north of Questa onto New Mexico 378, which first runs west, then south to trailheads at various campgrounds including Little Arsenic.

Take-out: Turn west off New Mexico 522 at Arroyo Hondo and drive 3 miles to John Dunn Bridge.

Towns near La Junta Run Kayaking

Albuquerque New Mexico
Durango Colorado
Raton New Mexico
Santa Fe New Mexico
South Fork Colorado
Taos New Mexico

Other Resources

Canyon Country Kayak Clubs
  • Adobe Whitewater Club of New Mexico